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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

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 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 3
Math 3
NSC 101 Introduction to Human Nutrition 3
NSC 396A Survey of Nutrition Careers 1
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
NSC 225 Foundational Skills in Nutritional Sciences 2
Statistics 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
NSC 260 Nutrition Communication and Scientific Literacy 3
PSIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
NSC 301 Nutrition and the Life Cycle 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
PSIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NSC 395A Experiential Learning 2
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
CHEM 241A Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
NSC 351R Fundamentals of Food Science 3
NSC 351L Fundamentals of Food Science Laboratory 1
NSC 308 Nutrition and Metabolism 3
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology I Lab 1
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
CHEM 241B Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
NSC 358R Institutional Food Management 2
NSC 358L Institutional Food Management Laboratory 1
NSC 325 Foundations of Medical Nutrition Therapy 4
NSC 325L Foundations of Medical Nutrition Therapy Lab 1
Microbiology 4
7th Semester
BIOC 385 Metabolic Biochemistry 3
NSC 425 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 4
NSC 458 Food Service Organization and Management 3
NSC 495A Dietetic Internship Preparation 1
NSC 408 Nutritional Biology 3
8th Semester
BIOC 384 Foundations in Biochemistry 3
NSC 435 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 4
NSC 444 Community Nutrition 3
NSC 420 Nutrition Education and Counseling 2
Major Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

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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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