With a focus on the scientific basis of human nutrition, the major in nutrition provides
students with knowledge and skills to work in a myriad of food and nutrition settings
focused on attaining and maintaining the health and well-being of individuals across
the lifespan. In addition to preparing graduates for careers in clinical, management,
community, or business/entrepreneurial nutrition settings, the nutrition major prepares
students for graduate education programs and for careers in research and development,
medical/nutritional sales, medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy,
and other allied health professions. Students who major in nutrition take courses
that include human nutrition, food science, food and culture, community nutrition,
food systems management, medical nutrition therapy, and nutrition research. These
courses are based on a solid science and math background, which includes general chemistry,
organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, psychology and elementary
Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisors on the specific course requirements for entering post-graduate work in the allied health careers. The nutrition major does not meet DPD requirements to earn verification to apply for dietetic internships. Additional coursework is necessary to fulfill DPD requirements.
Minor in Nutrition
A minor in nutrition may be earned through the Department of Nutritional Sciences. The minor in nutrition at TCU requires successful completion of 19 hours with a grade of “C” or better in each of the following courses. Classes for the minor in nutrition may not be taken on a Pass/No Credit basis.
Students will not be allowed to enroll in an NTDT course for the minor if they have not completed the prerequisite courses for that specific course. Therefore, faculty in the Department of Nutritional Sciences recommend that students review the prerequisite courses for each of the Nutrition Minor courses when deciding to declare the Nutrition Minor.