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B.S. in Nutrition Science

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science prepares graduates for a career in health care or community nutrition education and emphasizes:

  • Health, wellness, and life style habits related to food choices
  • Nutrients required by the body, their food source, functions, deficiencies and toxicities
  • Evidence-based medical nutrition therapy practices for disease prevention and treatment

This degree has two different concentration areas requiring 42 general credit hours and a 41-hour required program core. 

Nutrition Science Concentrations

The Dietetics concentration is an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program (DPD) program as part of a Consortium at Stephen F. Austin State University. This program prepares highly qualified graduates for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN). Dietetics track graduates will receive a verification statement at the end of the program indicating that they have met the requirements to apply for dietetic internship in preparation to become a Registered Dietitian.

Learn more about the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Consortium with Stephen F. Austin State University

The Food and Nutrition concentration incorporates food, nutrition, life science, public health, social science and social work courses to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to educate a diverse population in the area of health and wellness. This track also provides a pathway for pre-nursing and pre-health students a way to complete a degree and enter a career in nutrition and health promotion in a timely manner.

What Can You Do With Your B.S. in Nutrition Science?

Registered Dietitians, nutritionists, and nutrition educators serve a wide variety of employment opportunities to work in a variety of settings including:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Centers
  • Woman, Infant, Children Program (WIC)
  • State Agencies such as AgriLife Extension
  • Corporate wellness program
  • Food Service Industries
  • Private and Public Universities
  • Grocery stores and niche markets

Some careers require additional certification and/or graduate study.

Marketable Skills in Nutrition Science

Students completing the B.S. in Nutrition Science will have the skills required to promote health through nutrition by designing, implementing, and teaching nutrition techniques and programs designed to improve the overall health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities. Specific skills include:

  • Multi-Tasking
  • Effective and professional oral and written communication and documentation
  • Leadership and Initiative
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Professional Ethics
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Cultural competency and sensitivity

How Much Do Nutrition Science Graduates Make?

Dietitians and nutritionists are needed to provide care for patients with various medical conditions, including diabetes. The Texas Workforce Commission projects 437 annual openings through 2026 with an average annual income of $56,547.00. The U.S. Department of Labor projects 5,500 annual openings through 2026 with an average income of $61,270.

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Earn an accredited bachelor's degree with certification

Tarleton has developed a consortium with Stephen F. Austin State University (ACEND accredited program) to address the growing demand for registered dietitians. The dietetics concentration will meet ACEND accreditation standards through the approved consortium

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Resources in your area of specialty

The Dick Smith Library supports curricular offerings by providing all students and faculty with resources through monographic and journal collections, media collections, and research databases. The most relevant databases include:

  • Gale Health & Wellness
  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
  • ScienceDirect
  • Cambridge Core
  • ProQuest Agriculture Collection
  • Gale Culinary Arts Collection
  • Wiley Online Library
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Facilities and Equipment

As part of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services nutrition faculty and students will collaborate with the School of Nursing to allow access to classrooms with clinical simulation labs and interdisciplinary learning experiences with nursing and other allied health students. The program’s foods lab meets a fundamental facility need and contains six full kitchens featuring a commercial grade refrigerator and freezer.

What Classes Will You Take as a Nutrition Science Major?

Class Number Class Name
NUTR 1307 Concepts and Controversies in Food and Nutrition
NUTR 1316 Principles of Food Preparation
NUTR 3325 Advanced Meal Management
NUTR 3339 Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy
NUTR 4335 Food and Culture

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