Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics
Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics
In Texas Tech University's Nutritional Sciences program, you will receive superior preparation to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN).
Our Nutritional Sciences Degree puts you on the fast track to professional registration.
Our Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics degree program consistently has a placement rate in post-graduate internships nearly twice that of the national average. In addition, over 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 Nutrition and Metabolic Health Initiative (NMHI). 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 dietitians and nutritionists in their daily routine.
Students may also choose to get a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. In this degree they can choose one of the three available tracks: Pre-Professional Health, Health and Wellness or Secondary Teacher Certification.
Our Nutritional 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 Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Our Didactic Program in Dietetics has a national reputation for excellence, which can help you gain admission to the best internship programs. In May 2018, our dietetics program had a 100 percent match rate for students with internships. The national average for dietetics internships typically 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 dietitians and nutritionists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 21 percent growth in dietitian and nutritionist employment by 2022.
As a registered dietitian/registered dietitian nutritionist, you will find opportunities to work for many types of organizations, including:
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Private practices
- Extension services
- Government agencies (WIC, AgriLife)
- Long-term care facilities
- Food service companies
- 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 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600 ext. 5400, ACEND@eatright.org.