The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree focuses on the prevention of diseases that are related to lifestyle, particularly diet and nutrition. This major prepares students for graduate school or careers in corporate wellness, health promotion, the food industry, public health, pharmaceutical sales, clinical dietetics, medical and research laboratories, biotechnology, and government.
Our program is ranked No. 3 in Texas and No. 28 nationally for the Best Colleges for Food Science and Nutrition.
We’re committed to providing students opportunities to get a well-rounded education that prepares them to become leaders in their professions and in their communities. That means a focus on service as well as academics, and experience tackling real-world problems alongside some of the world’s top professors.
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Nutrition Program Details
As Nutrition majors, students learn fundamentals of the biological and social sciences to understand the relationships between nutrients, food components and human health. Core courses emphasize the role of nutrients in biochemistry, genetics, physiology, microbiology and immunology that promote wellness and enhance the quality of life.
After completing their core courses and any other eligibility requirements, students can choose one of two tracks in general nutrition or didactic program in dietetics.
- Degree: B.S. in Nutrition
- Credit Hours: 120 total credit hours
- View course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog
Our department offers two specialized, tracks to provide students with more opportunities to excel academically and provide flexibility in their chosen career path.
Didactic Program in Dietetics
The strong science foundation provided in our ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) prepares students for a dietetic internship and the Registered Dietitian path, medical school, or graduate studies in other health professions like pharmacy and nursing.
The General Nutrition Track provides a wide range of approved electives in biochemistry, nutrition, food science, microbiology, immunology, genetics, and psychology in order to customize a degree suited to research interests and career objectives.
In the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences we have aligned our academic advising to better support students during their time at Texas A&M University. We have assembled a diverse and knowledgeable advisor community dedicated to providing our students with high-quality academic advising services. If you are a current student and have questions about your coursework, degree program or progress toward graduation, we encourage you to reach out to one of the advisors in AGLS Advising Center 5.
Career Options in Nutrition
The breadth and depth of training you receive will prepare you to find employment with competitive food, nutrition and health based companies and with firms outside of that sector. Recent companies that have hired our graduates include Ben E. Keith, Coca-Cola, Hardie’s Fresh Foods, St. Joseph’s Regional Hospital, Texas A&M AgriLife, Texas Woman’s-Houston, WIC.
A wide array of career opportunities in dietetics are available depending on what degree program and track you pursue. You can also explore other careers in this major through the Texas A&M Career Center.
|Job Title||Description||Average Salary|
|Registered Dietitian||Healthcare professional who is an expert in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Work with clients to understand their particular needs and design nutrition plans accordingly.||$65,000|
|Chef||Prepare food in restaurants and other dining establishments. Supervise other culinary workers and oversee the running of a professional kitchen.||$51,000|
|Pharmaceutical Sales Representative||Assess clients needs and present suitable products.|
Liaise with targeted doctors to prescribe products utilizing effective selling skills and performing cost-benefit analysis.
Provide product information and deliver product samples.
|Food Safety Inspector||Conduct safety inspections, document issues or damages, review safety procedures and ensure compliance with all health and safety regulations.||$55,000|
|Sports Nutrition Specialist||Counsel athletes on optimal nutrition for goals specific to their training regimen, hydration, competition, weight management and etc.||$59,000|
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