Nutrition - BS, Molecular and Experimental 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

Molecular and Experimental Track

The Molecular and Experimental Track emphasizes a fundamental background in the biological and physical sciences that relate to human health and nutrition. This option offers students the opportunity to develop analytical and critical thinking skills through undergraduate research with department faculty, independent study and study abroad programs, and a science-based curricula that is essential for graduate studies and pre-professional schools. The goal of this track is to enable students to seek employment in specialized science-based fields in the biological or medical sciences, to pursue graduate degrees beyond the baccalaureate or to enter professional schools of medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or similar disciplines. See academic advisor for information on application procedures, GPR requirements, specific course listings and eligibility requirements.

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
Spring
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 elective 13
Free elective 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 227Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
ENGL 210Technical and Business Writing 3
NUTR 203Scientific Principles of Human Nutrition 3
PHYS 201College Physics 4
American history elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
CHEM 228Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 238Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
POLS 206American National Government 3
Creative arts elective 13
Social and behavioral science elective 13
Select one of the following: 3
College Physics  
Cell Biology or Developmental Biology  
Pharmacology  
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication or Persuasion  
Abnormal Psychology  
Developmental Psychology  
Women's Health  
Medical Terminology for the Health Professions  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
BIOL 319 or VIBS 305Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Biomedical Anatomy 4
NUTR 301Nutrition Through Life 3
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 13
Free elective 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BIOL 320 or VTPP 423Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II or Biomedical Physiology I 4
CHEM 316Quantitative Analysis 2
CHEM 318Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 1
GENE 301Comprehensive Genetics 3
GENE 312Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory 1
STAT 302Statistical Methods 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall
BICH 410Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
NUTR 440/FSTC 440Therapeutic Microbiology: Probiotics and Related Strategies 3
NUTR 469/FSTC 469Experimental Nutrition and Food Science Laboratory 4
Select one of the following: 3
Nutritional Treatment of Disease  
Nutritional Pharmacometrics of Food Compounds  
Critical Evaluation of Nutrition and Food Science Literature: Evidence Based Reviews  
Directed Studies  
Special Topics in...  
Research  
Free electives 2
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BICH 411Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
BICH 431/GENE 431Molecular Genetics 3
NUTR 470Nutrition and Physiological Chemistry 3
NUTR 481Seminar 1
Select one of the following: 3
Nutritional Treatment of Disease  
Nutritional Pharmacometrics of Food Compounds  
Critical Evaluation of Nutrition and Food Science Literature: Evidence Based Reviews  
Directed Studies  
Special Topics in...  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
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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 http://core.tamu.edu

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.