Majors & Degrees
Is Nutritional Sciences the right program for you? It is, if:
- you are intrigued by the way the human body works and uses energy
- you have a passion for food and food science
- you care about community nutrition and promoting food security
- you want to pursue healthcare using nutrition therapies, or
- you are interested in sports nutrition, athletic performance and beyond.
Choose from Two Options for a Degree that Fits You
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. The dietetics option is offered only on campus, while the nutrition option is offered on campus and online.
The dietetics option is often chosen by students who plan to pursue a career in the field of dietetics, most likely as a registered dietitian nutritionist. The dietetics curriculum includes more courses in the areas of medical nutrition therapy (MNT), community nutrition, nutrition counseling, and food service management than the nutrition option. Graduates of the University of Arizona Didactic Program in Dietetics are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians immediately after graduating to earn the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR) credential. They also are eligible to pursue earning the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential after graduating by applying to an accredited dietetic internship program. Dietetic internship 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 nutrition option has many of the same science foundation and core nutrition course requirements as the dietetics option, but offers more flexibility. It allows students to choose specific courses to customize their degree program. Examples include:
- Incorporating additional math and science courses required by professional schools such as medical, dental, physician assistant and physical therapy programs.
- Incorporating accounting, economics, and food service courses for an emphasis in food service management.
While this option can be customized, it does not meet the dietetics requirements to be eligible to complete a dietetic internship immediately after graduating.
The nutrition option also is available 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 with access to main campus 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.