Nutritional Sciences Major
Nutritional Sciences is the premier major at The University of Arizona for students who are passionate about understanding the connection between food, nutrition, physical activity and promoting healthy living.
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 food and nutrition courses. The dietetics option is offered only on campus, while the nutrition option is offered on campus and online.
With this degree, you can pursue exciting career paths in:
Healthcare (medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, dentistry, nursing)
Fitness & Athletic Performance
Corporate Health & Wellness
Global Nutrition & Food Security
Education & Research
Government & Public Policy
Food Retailing & Product Development
Choose from Two Options for a Degree that Fits You
This option is often chosen by students who plan to pursue a career in the field of nutrition, either as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR).
The dietetics curriculum includes courses which prepare you for practice in the areas of disease prevention and management, community health and wellness, counseling, food science, and business. Many careers in the fields of food and nutrition require or prefer the RDN or NDTR credential. It is important to explore your interests and work with your academic advisor to understand if dietetics is the best path for you.
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 Drive, Chicago, IL 60606, (800) 877-1600; (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400, email: email@example.com. 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.
The option in Nutrition prepares students who are planning to pursue graduate studies, research, health professions and careers in the food industry. After completing the core requirements, students select courses which complement their interests and career goals. Students typically pursue coursework in the areas of pre-health, pre-pharmacy and community health and wellness. Students can also choose to study food science, agriculture, sustainable food systems and business.
This is the premier pre-health option for students who want to empower themselves and others to live a healthy lifestyle. You will learn about cutting edge research and disease prevention, preparing you for your rewarding career in healthcare.
While this option can be customized, it does not meet the dietetics requirements to be eligible to complete a dietetic internship immediately after graduating
Nutrition Option Online:
Online students study the same material as our main-campus students and are able to take advantage of services such as faculty mentoring and a dedicated online Nutritional Sciences advisor. Online students have access to main campus and also may participate in free tutoring at the Think Tank and perks such as discounts at the bookstore and dining venues on campus.
Students often choose this option because of the flexibility it offers to balance coursework with other activities such as work and family commitments. Online courses are offered year round so that you can continue to work on your degree, at your pace, until it's complete.
*This option is not offered 100% online. You will need to work with the UA Online Academic Advisor to determine where to complete lab science courses at a local institution.
2017-2018 Nutritional Sciences Catalog Information
- Dietetics Course Planning Checklist
- Nutrition Course Planning Checklist
- Sample 4 Year Plans Based on Math Placement | Dietetics & Nutrition Options
- Pre-requisite Guide
- Fillable Course Planning Sheet
- Helpful Resources
2016-2017 Nutritional Sciences Catalog Information