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 http://nfs.tamu.edu

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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENGL 103
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
or Composition and Rhetoric
3
NFSC 210 Horizons in Nutrition and Food Science 2
Mathematics 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
American history 3
Mathematics 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
NFSC 203 Scientific Principles of Human Nutrition 3
American history 3
Social and behavioral science 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry II 3
NFSC 301 Nutrition Through Life 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Creative arts 2 3
Free elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
BIOL 319 Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 4
NFSC 365 Nutritional Physiology of Vitamins and Minerals 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Free elective 3
Technical elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 320 Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 4
GENE 301 Comprehensive Genetics 3
GENE 312 Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory 1
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Biometry  
Statistical Methods  
Statistical Methods  
Technical elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall
BICH 410 Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
NFSC 430 Community Nutrition 3
Select one of the following: 4
Food Bacteriology  
Fundamentals of Microbiology  
Technical elective 4 3
Nutrition elective 3
Select one of the following:
 
Scientific Principles of Foods  
Religious and Ethnic Foods  
Understanding Obesity: A Social and Scientific Challenge  
Nutritional Pharmacometrics of Food Compounds  
Nutritional Treatment of Disease  
Supervised Research in Mediterranean Nutrition and Food Processing in Italy  
Food Processing for Sustainable Nutrition in Brazil  
Experimental Nutrition Laboratory  
Directed Studies  
Special Topics in...  
Research  
Sociology of Nutrition  
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BICH 411 Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
NFSC 475 Nutrition and Physiological Chemistry 3
NFSC 481 Seminar 1
Language, philosophy and culture 2 3
Nutrition elective 3
Select one of the following:
 
Scientific Principles of Foods  
Religious and Ethnic Foods  
Understanding Obesity: A Social and Scientific Challenge  
Nutritional Pharmacometrics of Food Compounds  
Nutritional Treatment of Disease  
Supervised Research in Mediterranean Nutrition and Food Processing in Italy  
Food Processing for Sustainable Nutrition in Brazil  
Experimental Nutrition Laboratory  
Directed Studies  
Special Topics in...  
Research  
Sociology of Nutrition  
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

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