Nutrition - BS, General Nutrition Track

Nutritional sciences prepares majors with a comprehensive knowledge of the biological and social sciences to understand the relationships between nutrients, food components and human health. Prevention of diseases that are related to lifestyle, particularly diet and nutrition, is a focus of the curriculum. Core courses emphasize the role of nutrients in biochemistry, genetics, physiology, microbiology and immunology that promotes wellness and enhances the quality of life. The major also provides an excellent background for those interested in pursuing graduate degrees in biological, nutritional or food sciences; professional degrees in human or veterinary medicine; degrees in dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, public health and other health professions; or dietetic internships.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and the Graduate Degree/Dietetic Internship Program are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Students who successfully complete the DPD and a dietetic internship are eligible to take the Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).

Three curriculum tracks are offered (General Nutrition, Didactic Program in Dietetics and Molecular and Experimental Nutrition) to provide flexibility in one’s chosen career path. The Nutrition major prepares one for graduate school, corporate wellness positions, health promotion programs, the food industry, public health programs, pharmaceutical sales, clinical dietetics, medical and research laboratories, biotechnology firms, government agencies and related fields.  For more information, visit

General Nutrition Track

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. Through this program, students are prepared to work in community nutrition programs, sports nutrition, education, research, and as technical representatives in the nutrition and health industry. This is also an excellent program for students wanting to go to professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, physician assistant, or pharmacy.

Teacher Certification

The secondary Provisional Teaching Certificate may be obtained in conjunction with the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences, General Nutrition Track. There are three subject areas available for teacher certification through this degree: Biology/Life Science (grades 8-12), Chemistry (grades 8-12), and Science (grades 8-12).

Students must also complete the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) minor.  Students interested in teacher certification should contact the teacher certification advisor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development for more information.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENGL 103 or ENGL 104Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition or Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 141 or MATH 151Finite Mathematics or Engineering Mathematics I 3
NUTR 210/FSTC 210Horizons in Nutrition and Food Science 2
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 102Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MATH 142 or MATH 152Business Calculus or Engineering Mathematics II 3
American history 3
Free elective 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
CHEM 227Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
ENGL 210Technical and Business Writing 3
NUTR 203Scientific Principles of Human Nutrition 3
American history 3
Social and behavioral science 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 228Organic Chemistry II 3
POLS 206American National Government 3
Creative arts 13
Free elective 6
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
BIOL 319Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I 24
NUTR 301Nutrition Through Life 3
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Free elective 1
Technical elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
BIOL 320Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II 24
GENE 301Comprehensive Genetics 3
GENE 312Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory 1
NUTR 430Community Nutrition 3
STAT 302Statistical Methods 3
Technical elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Fourth Year
BICH 410Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
DASC 326/FSTC 326 or BIOL 351Food Bacteriology or Fundamentals of Microbiology 3
NUTR 430Community Nutrition 3
Technical elective 33
Free elective 2
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
BICH 411Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
NUTR 470Nutrition and Physiological Chemistry 3
NUTR 481Seminar 1
Language, philosophy and culture 13
Nutrition elective
Select one of the following: 3
Scientific Principles of Foods  
Religious and Ethnic Foods  
Nutritional Treatment of Disease  
Nutritional Pharmacometrics of Food Compounds  
Therapeutic Microbiology: Probiotics and Related Strategies  
Nutrition and Metabolism of Minerals  
Experimental Nutrition and Food Science Laboratory  
Critical Evaluation of Nutrition and Food Science Literature: Evidence Based Reviews  
Directed Studies  
Special Topics in...  
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

The Graduation requirements include a requirement for 6 hours of international and cultural diversity courses. Selection must be from courses on the approved list. Selection can be courses that also satisfy the requirement for social and behavioral sciences; creative arts; language, philosophy and culture; or electives.  For Core Curriculum requirements visit


Students may choose to take two physiology courses, VTPP 423 and VIBS 305, instead of anatomy.


Students may choose from the following technical electives: CHEM 238, PHYS 201, PHYS 202,CHEM 315 and CHEM 318, BIOL 413 or BIOL 414, BIOL 352, VTPP 425, COMM 203, COMM 315, or COMM 325, PSYC 306, PSYC 307, BICH 431/GENE 431, HLTH 236, HLTH 334/WGST 334, HLTH 354.

A total of 120 hours is required for graduation; 36 hours of 300/400 level courses are required to meet the Texas A&M University residency requirement.

Students interested in teacher certification must also complete the 18 credit hour STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Minor. Substitutions must be approved by the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture advisors.

Teacher certification in Biology/Life Science

Teacher certification in Science

Teacher certification in Chemistry

  • STEM minor
  • No additional courses required

STEM Minor

TEED 302Teaching/Learning Processes: Psychological Perspectives on Education3
or INST 210   or Understanding Special Populations 
TEFB 322Teaching and Schooling in Modern Society3
or TEFB 323   or Teaching Skills I 
TEFB 324Teaching Skills II3
RDNG 372Reading and Writing across the Middle Grades Curriculum3
or RDNG 465   or Reading in the Middle and Secondary Grades 
TEFB 406Science in the Middle and Secondary School3
or TEFB 407   or Mathematics in the Middle and Senior School 
TEFB 273Introduction to Culture, Community, Society and Schools3
or INST 222   or Foundations of Education in a Multicultural Society 
Total Semester Credit Hours18