Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics
Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics
In Texas Tech University's nutritional sciences program, you will get superior preparation to become a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Our Nutritional Sciences degree puts you on the fast track to professional registration.
Our Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics degree program has an 89 percent placement rate in post-graduate internships—nearly twice the national average. In addition, 95 percent of our nutritional sciences graduates pass the national certification exam within a year of their first attempt.
Our nutritional sciences degree program provides unique benefits such as:
- Laboratory experience. You can participate in research at Texas Tech's nationally renowned Human Nutrition Laboratory. A world leader in obesity research, this innovative facility provides specialized opportunities to learn about cutting-edge science in diet and nutrition.
- Practical training. Texas Tech's nutritional sciences program provides more opportunities for hands-on practice than most nutrition programs. You will interact with the community, registered dietitians, and individuals in hospitals, schools, clinics, and other real-world settings.
- A strong science foundation. Our nutrition program includes an especially strong scientific background, with courses in the biology and chemistry of healthy nutrition.
- An interdisciplinary approach. In our nutrition program, you will study the relationships among diet, physical health, and mental well-being. This unique approach improves your job readiness, as it covers the issues addressed by professional nutritionists and dietitians in their daily routine.
Our Nutrition Science Degree Prepares You for Post-Graduate Internships
The Nutritional Science and Dietetics bachelor's degree is intended for students who intend to seek a post-graduate internship, and eventually to earn professional certification as a Registered Nutritionist or Registered Nutritionist Dietitian.
Our nutrition science program has a national reputation for excellence, so a nutritional science degree from Texas Tech can help you gain admission to the best internship programs. In May 2015, our dietetics program had a 97 percent match rate for students with internships. The national average for dietetics internships hovers at about 50 percent.
Career Opportunities in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics
Society's trend toward good nutrition and health has produced a growing demand for nutritionists and dietitians. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 21 percent growth in dietitian and nutritionist employment by 2022.
As a registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist, you will find opportunities to work for many types of organizations, including:
- Long-term care facilities
- Food service companies
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Private practices
- Extension services
- Government agencies (WIC, AgriLife)
- Community and public health settings
- Research areas
- Food and nutrition-related business and industries
- Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs
Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics Degree Accreditation
The Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400, http://www.eatright.org/ACEND.
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