Nutritional Sciences: Nutrition Emphasis
Bachelor of Science
Graduates can expect to become nutrition educators and program coordinators in schools, wellness centers, grant-funded research studies, the food industry and nonprofit organizations.
Nutritional science is the study of nutrition and foods in health and disease across the life span. As a graduate with a Nutritional Sciences degree, you may choose to enter the workforce directly or go to graduate school to study nutrition, public health, medicine, pharmacy, nursing or physical therapy.
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. The Nutrition emphasis prepares students for graduate study in nutrition, food science, nutritional biochemistry, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy or veterinary medicine. Graduates in this major may also work as nutritional advisers in schools, wellness centers, the U.S. military or nonprofit organizations. Some of these jobs may require an advanced degree or certification that students with a degree in Nutritional Sciences may seek after graduation.
The following courses are prerequisites for courses within this degree and will not be offered in a fully online format by the UA. Students enrolled in this program will need to transfer in or obtain equivalent credit concurrently for these courses:
- CHEM 151, General Chemistry I (4 units), and CHEM 152 General Chemistry II (4 units)
- CHEM 241a, Lectures in Organic Chemistry (3 units)
- CHEM 241b, Lectures in Organic Chemistry II (3 units)
- MIC 205A, General Microbiology (3 units), and MIC 205L, Biology of Microorganisms Lab (1 unit)
Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below.
- NSC 315: Sports Nutrition - Exploration of the applied science of nutrition combined with exercise physiology. Content in the course will span basic physiology as it applies to nutrition and sport performance, macronutrient utilization, body composition, sports products and advertising, and specific application of nutrition and consulting for different sports during training and competition.
- NSC 375: Diet Genes and Disease - Current knowledge of human nutrition and genes has created a unique opportunity to use diet and other biologically active food components in the diet to improve the quality of life of people by the prevention and treatment of human disease. Also called Nutrigenomics, the identification and understanding of how nutrients and bioactive food components interact with the genome will be discussed.
- NSC 395A: Experiential Learning in Nutritional Sciences - This course offers an organized volunteer and work opportunity with oversight by the department and a classroom component. NSC 395A provides the opportunity to apply concepts of healthy eating and wellness in your local community. Students also work as a class to explore how to be marketable to future employers.