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Nutrition is an integrative science with the overall objective of improving the health and well-being of individuals and groups. Nutrition (NTR) students not only become proficient in the roles of electrons, atoms, molecules, genes, cells and organs, but also complex organisms. Nutrition students examine the links between life science and health, behavior, education, population, culture, and economics.

There are five specialization options for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science and Arts degree in nutrition:

  • Dietetics
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Nutrition and Business
  • Nutrition Honors
  • International Nutrition

All options combine a prescribed common core of science and nutrition courses with additional coursework in the area of specialization. This undergraduate training will prepare students for careers in industry, research and provide a solid foundation for further study in graduate school.

Declare This Major

Step 1: Internal transfer students must apply to the College of Natural Sciences prior to completing 60 hours or four long semesters at UT. Applications are due to the College of Natural Sciences in the spring. Learn more about the college's internal transfer requirements.

Step 2: Once accepted into the College of Natural Sciences, all students will start as entry-level nutrition majors until they successfully complete the entry-level requirements. Upon completion of the major prerequisites, students will be eligible to choose the nutrition option they wish to pursue.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For information on required courses, students can view the Nutrition degree plans for each track.


  • Option I: Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
  • Option I: Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD)
  • Option II: Nutritional Sciences
  • Option III: Nutrition in Business
  • Option V: Nutrition Honors Dean's Scholars
  • Option VI: International Nutrition

Departmental Honors as well as special honors programs are available for NTR majors.

All NTR students will study principles in biochemistry, biology, physiology, sociology and psychology as they pertain to nutrition.

Students pursuing careers in Dietetics, will take courses in behavioral and clinical nutrition and food systems management; this track will prepare students for a career as a registered dietitian. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) meets the coursework requirements that qualify graduates to apply to a dietetic internship. The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) includes both the coursework and the supervised practice necessary to be eligible to write the examination to become a registered dietitian.

The Nutritional Sciences option requires courses in science and research in order to prepare students for graduate study or professional school.

Students who select the Nutrition in Business option may earn a Business Foundations Certificate and seek employment in areas such as sales and customer support in the food industry.

Nutrition Honors is intended to prepare students for academic or research careers. Students who plan to follow the honors option must be admitted to the Dean's Scholars Honors Program.

Students in the International Nutrition option gain firsthand knowledge of nutrition issues in other countries through a study abroad experience. Students combine the study of nutrition with a broad range of courses to prepare for experience studying and practicing nutrition in another culture.


Students in the nutrition major develop:

  • Principles in biochemistry, biology, physiology, sociology and psychology as they pertain to nutrition
  • Behavioral and clinical nutrition and food systems management
  • Basic business principles to prepare for careers in food industry sales and customer support
  • Knowledge of nutrition issues in other countries through a study abroad experience
  • A broad foundation relating to practicing nutrition in another culture

A small sample of directly related careers

Biological Technician
Health Educator
Fitness Instructor
Medical Scientist
Recreation Worker

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.