NUTRITION MAJORS

B.S. IN NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

A major in Nutritional Sciences will help you launch a thriving career in dietetics, food product development, food management, sports nutrition, and more. It's also a great launchpad for graduate studies in other healthcare fields!

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B.S. IN NUTRITION & FOOD SYSTEMS

A major in Nutrition and Food Systems will prepare you for career focused on building a more efficient, equitable, and sustainable food system that improves access to healthy, nourishing food for all!

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B.S. IN PRECISION NUTRITION & WELLNESS

A major in Precision Nutrition and Wellness will empower you to lead the precision nutrition revolution, with training in fields as diverse as nutrition, genetics, medicine, biochemistry, and more!

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B.S. in Nutritional Sciences


LOVE FOOD AND FITNESS? YOU CAN MAJOR IN THAT.

Turn your passion for health and fitness into a rewarding career. The Nutritional Sciences program at the University of Arizona provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning about food, nutritional therapies, and optimal wellness. It will prepare you to launch a career after graduation or to pursue graduate programs in dietetics, nursing, pharmacy, medicine, and other healthcare fields.

TWO OPTIONS: DIETETICS OR NUTRITION

We offer a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences with two options to choose from: Dietetics and Nutrition. Both options provide students with a strong foundation in the sciences and a wide variety of nutrition courses. Both options are offered on campus and online. You will be eligible to move into the major and declare dietetics or nutrition option, when all pre-major requirements have been completed.

The Nutritional Sciences major is comprised of two phases: The pre-major and the major. Students in the pre-major are developing their foundation in science, nutrition and other degree requirements such as general education courses, math, and English composition. You are eligible to move from the pre-major to the major once the pre-major requirements have been completed. The major consists primarily of more advanced coursework.  

 Why have a pre-major?  

Classifying Nutritional Sciences students into two separate groups allows the department to plan effectively to make enough courses and seats available at the right times throughout the year. It also allows our academic advisors to tailor their communications and strategies to provide you with the best information during the right stage of your academic journey.  

 How do I get into the Nutritional Sciences major? 

You will be eligible to move into the major when all pre-major requirements have been completed. You can submit your Pre-Major Application Form while your final pre-major courses are in progress, and you will be officially declared in the major once you have completed all pre-major courses. You will be asked to submit a brief application form and copies of transcripts if you are transferring in pre-major coursework from an outside institution. Everyone who completes the pre-major requirements with a minimum 2.0 GPA will be permitted to move into the major. 

Choose this option to pursue a career in the field of dietetics, most likely as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). You'll take courses in the areas of medical nutrition therapy (MNT), community nutrition, nutrition counseling, and food service management. Upon graduation, you'll be eligible to apply for an accredited Dietetic Internship, which is required to earn the RDN credential. These programs have competitive admissions and can only be started after graduation from a dietetics program.

In order to become an RDN, graduates must pass the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians to earn the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR). Beginning January 1, 2024, students must have earned a master's degree in order to sit for the RDN exam. RDNs must also complete an accredited Dietetic Internship.

The dietetics option at the University of Arizona is a nationally accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, (800) 877-1600; (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400, email: education@eatright.org. Program outcomes data are available upon request.

Please review our DPD/ISPP Handbook for details including program mission, goals and objectives, the process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, costs, and other pertinent details.

DPD / ISPP STUDENT HANDBOOK

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MISSION, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES

Choose this option to customize your degree program while taking many of the same science foundation and core nutrition course requirements as the dietetics option. You may take additional math and science courses required by professional schools like medical, dental, physician assistant, and physical therapy programs. Or, you may want to incorporate accounting, economics, and food service courses for an emphasis on food service management. This option does not meet the dietetics requirements to be eligible to complete a dietetic internship immediately upon graduation.

FILLABLE NUTRITION CHECKLIST

Careers in nutrition allow you to empower people to lead healthier lives, but the way you do that is up to you. Potential career paths include:

  • Clinical Dietetics
  • Medicine, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Consultant / Private Practice
  • Education and Research
  • Food and Nutrition Program Management
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Health Coach
  • Spokesperson
  • Public Policy / Government

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B.S. in Nutrition and Food Systems


HUNGRY FOR CHANGE? YOU CAN MAJOR IN THAT.

Follow your food from farm, to table, to your plate, and discover the complex systems that influence everything you eat. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences have teamed up to offer two specialized undergraduate majors to prepare you to become a leader in food-related policy, sustainable food production, food security, and food as it relates to health.

Culture, economics, policy, marketing, human and environmental health, and food accessibility affect what you eat. Both a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Systems and a B.A. in Food Studies explore these complex systems and provide students with specialized training to meet the growing demand for leaders with expertise in food-related policy.

As a Nutrition and Food Systems major, you'll examine the factors that affect our food systems, including production challenges in an arid desert region, cultural influences that shape cuisine, and the relationships between food security, nutrition, and overall health. You'll apply scientific evidence, best practices, and your professional judgment to seek solutions to better manage the food supply chain from production to processing, distribution, consumption, and waste control while preserving our environment and safeguarding human health.

If you choose this degree, you'll graduate equipped to make a difference in a broad range of food-related careers in areas like sustainable food production, food and nutrition policy, food security, and food as it relates to health.

FILLABLE NUTRITION AND FOOD SYSTEMS CHECKLIST

The University of Arizona has two new programs focusing on food: the B.A. in Food Studies and the B.S. in Nutrition and Food Systems. The two majors share courses in:

  • FOOD 101: Introduction to Critical Food Studies
  • FOOD 202: Introduction to the U.S. Food System
  • FOOD 300: Food Justice, Ethics, and Activism
  • FOOD 302: Critical Food Practice
  • FOOD 498: Capstone

HOW DO THE PROGRAMS DIFFER?

  B.S. nutrition & food systems b.a. food studies
FOCUS The food system from production to consumption Social, historical, and cultural dimensions of food
MINOR No minor required Minor required
LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENTS
2nd semester language required 4th semester language required
REQUIRED
TRACKS
  • Food Supply Chain
  • Human Health
  • Food & Culture
  • Gastronomy in Arts, Culture, & Heritage
  • Food Systems, Governance, & the Environment
  • Sustenance, Health, & Wellness
POSSIBLE CAREERS
  • Cooperative Extension Specialist
  • Peace Corps or Americorps Specialist
  • Organic Certification Specialist
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Culinary Writer
  • Food Marketer
  • Community Educator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Food-related Community Organizer
  • Food Systems Entrepreneur

 

A degree in food systems prepares you for a career that's focused on what we eat and how we can use our food supply to improve human health and the health of our planet. Potential career paths include:

  • Food Lobbyist
  • Food Policy Consultant
  • Non-Profit Manager
  • Food Assistance Program Manager
  • Peace Corps or Americorps Specialist
  • Organic Certification Specialist
  • Cooperative Extension Specialist
  • Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Food Entrepreneur
  • Food Journalist
  • Food Marketer
  • Food Sales Representative

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B.S. in Precision Nutrition and Wellness


WANT TO REVOLUTIONIZE HEALTH AND WELLNESS? YOU CAN MAJOR IN THAT.

We're at the cusp of a revolution in health and wellness, one where we'll be able to move away from the frantic race to cure diseases toward an approach that prevents diseases before they strike. With a B.S. in Precision Nutrition and Wellness, you'll gain the skills to apply big data solutions originally developed for medicine and cancer treatment to better understand precision health from a holistic perspective. In this science-intensive, transdisciplinary degree, you'll take courses in genomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, and transcriptomics to build a strong foundation in data sciences and the research and technologies shaping modern healthcare. You'll also develop the knowledge and skills you'll need to better understand how lifestyle changes improve health outcomes, which will prepare you to lead the nutrition-based disease prevention efforts of the future.

The B.S. in Precision Nutrition and Wellness includes a core of required courses along with major electives, combining a solid foundation in nutritional sciences and precision nutrition with coursework in data analytics and technology, health and wellness, human evolution and genetics, and scientific ethics.

CORE COURSES:

  • NSC 101: Introduction to Human Nutrition
  • NSC 260: Nutrition Communications and Scientific Literacy
  • NSC 275: Fundamentals of Precision Nutrition and Wellness
  • NSC 308: Nutrition and Metabolism
  • NSC 351R: Fundamentals of Food Science
  • NSC 370: Emerging Topics in Precision Nutrition and Wellness
  • NSC 408: Nutritional Biology
  • NSC 470: Biomarkers and Disease Status
  • NSC 475: Nutrigenomics for the Study of Disease Prevention & Intervention
  • NSC 485: Precision Nutrition & Lifestyle Genomics

ELECTIVE COURSES:

ELECTIVE TRACK: Data Analytics & Technology (9 units)

  • BE 310: Introduction to Biosystem Analytics
  • CSC 250: Essential Computing for the Sciences
  • ECOL 346: Bioinformatics
  • PLS 340: Introduction to Biotechnology
  • MCB 416A: Statistical Bioinformatics and Functional Genomic Analysis
  • MCB 422: Problem Solving with Genetic Tools

ELECTIVE TRACK: Health & Wellness (9 units)

  • NSC 301: Nutrition and the Life Cycle
  • NSC 310: Principles of Human Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • NSC 320: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Health Problems
  • NSC 444: Community Nutrition

ELECTIVE TRACK: Diet & Genes (9 units)

  • FSHD 200: Evolution and Human Development
  • ECOL 320: Genetics
  • NSC 375: Diet, Genes, and Disease
  • NROS 430: Neurogenetics
  • BE 487: Metagenomics: From Genes to Ecosystems

ELECTIVE TRACK: Ethics (3 units)

  • FSHD 347: Neuroethics
  • MCB 404: Bioethics
  • PHIL 321: Medical Ethics

PRECISION NUTRITION AND WELLNESS 4-YEAR PLAN

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Your degree will prepare you to make your mark in a wide range of fields, from biomedical research, to healthcare, to sports and fitness, and more. Potential career paths include:

  • Biomedical Research
  • Healthcare (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician's assistant, etc.)
  • Nutrition Professions (clinical dietetics, private practice)
  • Genetic and Genomic Counseling
  • Fitness Professions
  • Business and Industry
  • Public Health / Public Policy

Further education or certification may be required for some careers.

Contact an Academic Advisor! You can set up an advising appointment through eSMS.

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