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.
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
- Public Policy / Government
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, Pre-Majors and Majors, allows the department to effectively plan to make enough courses and seats available at the right times throughout the year. It also allows the 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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.