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Nutritional Sciences: Dietetics Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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Nutritional science is the study of nutrition and foods in health and disease across the lifespan. Courses within the major include nutritional biology and metabolism, food science and safety, nutrition assessment, and therapeutic diets. Nutritional science combines medicine, food chemistry, cell biology and biochemistry with a focus on nutrition and foods. Students may specialize in either dietetics or nutrition. The dietetics option allows student to apply to dietetic internships and become registered dietitians through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The nutrition option prepares students for graduate study in nutrition, food science, nutritional biochemistry, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, or veterinary medicine.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First Year Composition I 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology I lab 1
First Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First Year Composition II 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
NSC 101 or NSC 170C Nutrition, Food, and You 3
MIC 205A General Microbiology 3
MIC 205L Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory 1
Second Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
CHEM 241A Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 243A Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
NSC 308 Nutrition and Metabolism 3
NSC 301 Nutrition and the Life Cycle 3
PSIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Statistics 3
4th Semester
CHEM 241B Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 243B Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
PSIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NSC 396A Survey of Nutrition Careers 1
COMM 119 Public Speaking 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
BIOC 384 Foundations in Biochemistry 3
NSC 351R Fundamentals of Food Science 3
NSC 351L Fundamentals of Food Science lab 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
6th Semester
BIOC 385 Metabolic Biochemistry 3
NSC 325 Foundations of Medical Nutrition Therapy 4
NSC 358R Institutional Food Mgt. 2
NSC 358L Institutional Food Mgt. lab 1
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
NSC 408 Nutritional Biology 3
NSC 440 Nutrition Assessment 4
Tier II General Education 3
NSC 458 Food Service Org & Mgt. 3
NSC 495A Internship Prep Workshop 1
8th Semester
NSC 441 Therapeutic Nutrition 4
NSC 444 Community Nutrition 3
NSC 420 Nutrition Education and Counseling 2
AGTM 422 Communicating Knowledge in Agriculture and the Life Sciences or ENGL 308 Technical Writing 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from a major in Dietetics of food and nutritional science and therapeutic nutrition, with the inclusion of American Dietetic Association internship planning, prepares students to pursue careers as registered dieticians. Dieticians may work as educators, counselors, therapists, program coordinators, or communications specialists in health care, food service, education, research, fitness, or social services. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in clinical nutrition, public health, food science, nutritional biochemistry, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, or veterinary medicine.

Potential Career Areas

  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Writing
  • Advising
  • Research
  • Communications
  • Food Service
  • Outreach

Sample Employers

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • Health and wellness resorts
  • Gyms
  • Health departments
  • WIC programs
  • Extension offices
  • Food service companies
  • Food banks

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Registered Dietician $30,000 - $55,240
Hospital Clinical Dietician $34,500 - $55,240
Retirement Residence Dietician $26,000 - $70,000
Food Service Company Dietician $40,000 - $80,000
Diet and Fitness Writer $28,310 - $30,000
School Nutritionist $30,000 - $55,240
University Nutrition Counselor $30,000 - $55,000
Resort Nutritionist $30,000 - $60,000
Dietitian and Nutritionists $34,500 - $55,240
Extension Agent $22,000 - $68,000
Wellness Coordinator $28,000 - $63,000