Spring 2016 Registration

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Grade requirements for graduation...

B or better in NSC 101

2.0 GPA for graduation requirements

If you do not obtain the minimum grade requirement, you will need to repeat the course with a B or better in order to graduate.

Dietetics vs. Flexible Nutrition Emphasis Option

Am I in the right option??

Option 1- Dietetics: This option is often chosen by students who plan to pursue a career in the field of dietetics, mostly likely as a Registered Dietitian.

Minimum 3.0 GPA required to move on to dietetic internship.

Option 2 - Nutrition: This option has many of the same science foundation courses and core nutrition course requirements as the Dietetics option, but it offers flexibility in the course requirements and allows students to make choices to incorporate a specific emphasis into the degree i.e. prepare for pharmacy, PA school, medical school, health professional schools.

Note: This is a chemistry intensive major.

Stats courses

A few options...
  • ISTA 116
  • MATH 163
  • MATH 263
  • SBS 200

PSY 230 or SOC 375 or CPH 376 only if you have taken Math 112 or beyond.

Note: If you will be taking one math course at the U of A to satisfy your foundation math requirement. i.e. testing into higher math than college algebra, PSY 230, SOC 375, CPH 376 will not meet your foundation math requirement.

Technical Writing Options

  • ENGL 307
  • ENGL 308
  • ENGL 340
  • AGTM 422
  • SCI 401
  • JOUR 472

Note: ENGL 308 & AGTM 422 are offered online this winter through U of A.

Dietetics Students Corner

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need a 3.0 GPA and C's or better in my nutrition courses?

Will community college courses look bad?

When do I start my internship?

Am I competitive? What should I be doing this summer to get on track?

Please schedule an appointment with your advisor to clear up these questions!

Flexible Nutrition Emphasis Corner

What can I do with a degree in Nutritional Sciences?
Check out this link for career opportunities

What if I don't get into a health professions program?

If this is the case, then it is recommended that you get one year experience in the health field before reapplying.

What is an emphasis and what classes can I use towards it?

Your emphasis consists of 18 units that allow you to make course choices to incorporate into your degree. It is important that you work with your NSC advisor to incorporate appropriate courses that apply to your area of interest or future plans.

Common emphasis areas include: Prerequisites for pharmacy school, medical school, PA school, Graduate school, food science, food business management...

The opportunities are endless!

Note: With this option you will be taking less upper division nutrition courses than the dietetics option. For graduation requirements you must earn 42 upper division units. Your nutritional sciences major provides 25 upper division units, leaving 17 units to be obtained through Tier II Gen-eds/upper division emphasis courses/minor/second major/dual degree coursework.

Culinary Nutrition Emphasis Example:

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Help! I want to go into a health profession after graduation...

Once you complete an online information session, you are able to schedule an appointment. Set up a meeting with a Pre-Health Professions Advisor Today!


Past students have volunteered at The Garden Kitchen, The Boys and Girls Clubs, The Tucson Village Farm, R Bar, The American Heart and Stroke Association, Health South and many more!

NSC 395A - Experiential Learning

This is a 2-credit course called Experiential Learning in Nutritional Sciences. The course is offered in both fall and spring. You must be an NSC major and have completed an introductory nutrition course to enroll. If you meet the requirements, you may enroll through UAccess. NSC 395a requires 3 hours of volunteer work in an assigned community site for the duration of the semester as well as attendance in class once a week.

Dietetic Students- This is a great opportunity to get nutrition related volunteer experience.

Flexible Option Students- This is a great way to gain exposure to the field of nutrition. You may also use this course towards your emphasis.

Required/Recommended Knowledge: NSC 101 or NSC 170C1; additionally, because of the specialized nature of the course all students must be declared NSC majors.

Click below to see a previous course syllabus.


Monday, November 16th - Thursday November 19th 9AM - 2PM

The food drive will be on the UA Mall and will benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Monday and Wednesday it will be located in the plaza near the Admin Building and Tuesday and Thursday it will be on the Mall across from Old Main.

Any non-perishable foods are greatly appreciated!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jason Olig - UA Nutritional Sciences Club President at jpolig@email.arizona.edu.

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