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.
For information on required courses, students can view the Nutrition degree plans for each track and degree option.
- 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
Students can also pursue a Bachelor of Science and Arts degree program in Nutrition. The BSA is a cross-disciplinary degree for students interested in combining core sciences with coursework in the fine arts, liberal arts, communications, or business.
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.