Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences:

Nutrition and Foods

  The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences: Nutrition and Foods prepares students to understand and apply physical, biological, and chemical makeup of food (nutrients), how the body uses nutrients to impact health and disease, and, the process of food selection and preparation for maintenance or improvement of overall health, wellness, and performance. Undergraduate students proceed in the same degree Progression Plan.  Students who wish to receive NDTR exam eligibility apply before or in their junior year and must qualify (3.0 cumulative GPA in all required NTS courses) and complete a 9 credit supervised experiential learning course in their last semester. See the NDTR Application.  The NDTR requirements are met in the final two years of degree work. The Nutrition and Foods degree can also serve as a pre-health professional pathway for students preparing for entry into graduate nutrition programs, medical school, and physician assistant or similar programs.

NAU Students have two options within the Nutrition and Foods undergraduate degree:

  1- Nutrition and Foods 2- Nutrition and Foods with NDTR verification statement to sit for the credentialing Nutritionist/Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Education. The degree program is designed for students with diverse health career interests with a functional health emphasis: the integration of fitness and performance, wellness, clinical and public health programming is foundational to broad professional application.  Students will learn, evidence-based methods and develop experience-based knowledge that supports an overall holistic approach to health. Through practical application, students will be prepared to: evaluate and apply nutrition research to design interventions, counsel individuals and the public, facilitate and support behavior change; advocate for sustainable food practice; and serve as community nutrition resources. The NAU Nutrition and Foods program will prepare students who will be involved in working with individuals, groups and communities within industries related to food, food safety, food science, and nutrition, as well as entry into graduate school, physician assistant, Physical Therapy, occupational therapy, or medical school.  It will provide students with core knowledge, practical skills, and opportunities to practice.