Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

Concentrations include the Didactic Program in dietetics, exercise science, community or food service.

As society places greater emphasis on preventative healthcare, the need for professionals to help people make smarter food and fitness choices is rapidly increasing.

Concentrations include the Didactic Program in dietetics, exercise science, community or food service.

As society places greater emphasis on preventative healthcare, the need for professionals to help people make smarter food and fitness choices is rapidly increasing.

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Program Structure

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.


Didactic Program in Dietetics (NDPD)
Community Nutrition (NUCO)
Exercise Science (NUEX)
Food Service (NUFS)

Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 55-67 credit hours (Choice of 4 tracks) + Electives: 5-17 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*

*Based on track selection

Example Coursework

Medical Nutrition Therapy I, II, and III
Community Nutrition
Food Systems Organization and Management
Nutrition Through the Life Cycle

Minor Available



Kinesiology and Nutrition

Application Deadlines

Regular: February 1st
National Candidates: May 1st
Early Bird: November 1st


Choose from one of four concentrations

Prepare for you desired career within the nutrition field

  • If you’re interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, the dietetics concentration might be right for you.
  • The exercise science concentration prepares you to counsel individuals in wellness centers or serves as a foundation for a future personal training program.
  • The community concentration can lead to public education in a variety of settings.
  • The food service concentration provides training in food management, safety and marketing.

Didactic Program in Dietetics Concentration (NDPD)

The Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND a division of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). The website (for ACEND) is and email is

ACEND can be contacted at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext. 5400. Entry into the DPD requires a formal application process. Students who are interested in becoming Registered Dietitians may apply to the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) after passing 60 hours through a formal application and interview process.

Transfer students or current students wishing to change their major may also apply to the DPD after passing 60 hours and having taken at least 6 hours of nutrition courses at ACU. A GPA of 3.0 is required for entrance into the DPD. Graduates of the DPD are prepared to enter dietetic internships, after which they may sit for the Registered Dietitian examination. Registered Dietitians may find employment in healthcare facilities, community and public health nutrition programs, other government entities, private practice, school nutrition programs, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, university education, research, sales, marketing, restaurant management, and food companies.

According to this site, an RDN current salary is approximately $52,834. Learn more >

Didactic Program in Dietetics majors may apply to dietetic internships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics as they are completing the DPD requirements.

Verification statements will be issued to students by the Director of the DPD upon graduation or completion of the DPD requirements. These verification statements can be provided to Dietetic Internship Directors when applying to dietetic internships.

Many states, including Texas, require dietitians to be licensed in order to use the term Licensed Dietitian. The website for information on becoming a licensed dietitian may be found here.

A person who is registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), has already met the educational, experience, and examination requirements needed to apply for a Texas dietitian license.

Course Descriptions

Exercise Science concentration (NUEX)

An increased emphasis is placed on health promotion in our society today. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans by the Department of Health and Human Services and the U. S. Department of Agriculture recommend 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity activity on most days. Other national organizations have similar recommendations. As a result, proper nutrition for exercise and sport has increased in importance for individuals to stay healthy before, during, and after exercise. Graduates with the Exercise Science concentration are trained to counsel individuals concerning proper nutrition practices in wellness centers or other exercise-related settings such as gyms or sports facilities. However, they are not prepared to counsel individuals concerning disease states. They can also receive a personal training certificate.

Course Descriptions

Community concentration (NUCO)

Nutrition professionals are in demand to educate the public in various settings. Graduates of the Community concentration are trained to effectively communicate nutrition messages to individuals and the public. They may find employment with the Extension Service, school nutrition programs, supermarkets, or in public health/government nutrition programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Course Descriptions

Food Service concentration (NUFS)

The food service industry affects virtually every person living in the U.S., and employment opportunities are expected to increase. Graduates of the Food Service concentration are trained in food management, food marketing principles, and food safety. They may find employment in school nutrition programs, food service facilities or restaurants as managers, or health departments as food inspectors.

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After Graduation

Dr. Jones with the team

Note: For Registered Dietitians and Nutritionist positions, a Dietetic internship and passing of the Registration Examination for Dietitians is required.

  • healthcare facilities
  • community and public health nutrition agencies
  • private consulting in multiple venues
  • nutrition programs in schools
  • sports nutrition and corporate wellness facilities
  • AgriLife Extension
  • education in universities
  • research facilities
  • sales for nutritional companies
  • marketing in corporations
  • restaurants/food service facilities
  • food companies

Dr. Sheila Jones (pictured left) teaches in the Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

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Clubs and Activities

Nutrition majors have many opportunities to learn outside the classroom, including:

  • Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Field Experiences
  • Human Performance Laboratory
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center
  • LEAN presentations and demonstrations