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

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, GPA requirements, specific course listings and eligibility requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
ENGL 103
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
or Composition and Rhetoric
NFSC 204 Perspectives in Nutrition and Food Science 1
NFSC 210 Horizons in Nutrition and Food Science 2
Mathematics 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
American history 3
Mathematics 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
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
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Select two of the following: 6
Cell Biology  
Developmental Biology  
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Women's Health  
Medical Terminology for the Health Professions  
Directed Studies  
College Physics  
Creative arts 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
BIOL 319
Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I
or Biomedical Anatomy
NFSC 301 Nutrition Through Life 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Language, philosophy and culture 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
BIOL 320
Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II
or Biomedical Physiology I
GENE 301 Comprehensive Genetics 3
GENE 312 Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory 1
NFSC 365 Nutritional Physiology of Vitamins and Minerals 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Biometry  
Statistical Methods  
Statistical Methods  
 Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
BICH 410 Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
BIOL 351 Fundamentals of Microbiology 4
NFSC 469 Experimental Nutrition Laboratory 3
NFSC 491 Research 4
 Semester Credit Hours14
BICH 411 Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
BICH 431/GENE 431 Molecular Genetics 3
CHEM 316 Quantitative Analysis 2
CHEM 318 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 1
NFSC 475 Nutrition and Physiological Chemistry 3
Social and behavioral science 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 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.