College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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It is highly recommended that you meet with your advisor at least once a semester to make sure you are on track for a timely graduation!

Have a quick question?

The best way to get a timely response is to email nscadvising@email.arizona.edu

This is the NSC Advisors shared inbox.

Please follow email etiquette when sending an email to your advisor. A one sentence email is unacceptable.

Your UA email is your official method of communication.


Primary Undergraduate Advisor
Michelle Mendoza, MA, RD
Email: mnmendoz@email.arizona.edu

Nita Ocansey
Email: nocansey@email.arizona.edu

Shared Inbox: nscadvising@email.arizona.edu

Help! How do I enroll in...

If you have any enrollment questions or concerns related to nutritional sciences courses please email nscadvising@email.arizona.edu.

If you have any enrollment questions or concerns related to other departments, please contact the advisors in those departments.
Ex: Chemistry, biology, physiology, etc...


Help! I don't meet the prerequisites

Are you planning on taking courses over the summer to be eligible for Fall 2015 Nutrition courses? If this is the case, please email us your unofficial transcripts showing your enrollment in the course and we will add you to the wait list. ONCE your course has been completed, please email us your unofficial transcripts with your grade to be enrolled in the course.


So maybe your first semester doesn't go as planned...a GRO is an opportunity to grade replacement a course with a new grade.

Please visit the link below for further information on GRO eligibility and how to file a GRO request.


Are there any scholarships?

Yes! The CALS Scholarship Application opens in the spring. Decisions will be made over the summer and money will be awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year.


How do I become a preceptor?

Have you successfully completed a nutrition course that you enjoyed? Did you receive an A or B in the class? Please email the instructors below to see if they are in need of preceptors.

Note: Can become a preceptor after completion of the course...keep this in mind for future courses!

Preceptor Duties
Include but are not limited to: specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in the nutrition department, program, or discipline.

The instructors taking on preceptors this Fall include:
Kelly Jackson kjackson@email.arizona.edu
Jennifer Ravia jravia@email.arizona.edu
Jennifer Ricketts jrickett@email.arizona.edu
Patricia Sparks psparks@email.arizona.edu

Sample Email-Please be professional when communicating with Faculty and Staff. One sentence emails are not appropriate.

Hello Professor ____________,

Introduce yourself and describe what you enjoyed about the class and why you want to be a preceptor.


Your Name

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I am interested in research, where do I begin?

First it is important to identify what your nutrition research interests lie within the department. The Department of Nutritional Sciences Signature Research Areas include:

1. Metabolic and Behavior Factors Influencing Body Composition

2. Bio-active Compounds, Nutrients and Lifestyle: Relationships to Cancer

The link provided below will give you a more in depth look at the type of research each faculty member is conducting. If you are interested in the work they are doing and are wanting to get involved, please send a professional email describing your interest in their research and asking if there are any current opportunities.



Dietetic Students
Summer is a great time to start looking through dietetic internships, volunteer or initiate research. Please visit the link below to see the list of dietetic internships.

Flexible Nutrition Option Students
Summer is a great time to start shadowing your desired profession, volunteer or initiate research. If you have a pre-health based emphasis, it is also a good time to meet with your pre-health advisor if you are on campus.

Nutritional Science Club

Who we are

The UA Nutritional Science Club is an ASUA recognized non-profit organization run by nutrition students. Our mission is to promote healthy lifestyle choices and behavior change within the Tucson community.

The club offers opportunities for nutrition students to:

  • Gain community experience
  • Develop professional and leadership skills
  • Network with professionals in the field
  • Make new friends

Nutritional Science Club President

Jason Olig

Dietetics, Senior

Email Jason today for more information on future meetings!