The Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in nutrition, dietetics, or food service. The curriculum also provides the foundation for students to continue their education at the graduate level.
The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science is 120. Consult with an advisor for the units required in all areas of the degree including General Education courses and directed electives.
A minimum C grade is required in all courses used to meet major requirements.
Students may choose between two options:
The option in dietetics is an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). This option fulfills the academic requirements to prepare students to apply for supervised practice to become an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist (known as RD or RDN). Coursework is concentrated in the areas of nutritional science, medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, nutrition education, food science, food production and management of foodservice operations, chemistry, physiology, plus a variety of supporting coursework in related disciplines.
The option in food science prepares students for careers in food industry, state and federal government agencies as food safety and regulatory officers, food product development specialists, provides additional coursework for food service managers, and introduces students to coursework to prepare them for graduate studies in nutrition or food science.