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
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.
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 take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians to earn the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR). You can also apply to an accredited dietetic internship program in pursuit of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential.
In order to become an RDN, graduates must complete an accredited Dietetic Internship. These programs have competitive admissions and can only be started after graduation from a dietetics program. Following the dietetic internship, a national exam is required as the final step to earn the RDN credential.
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.