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The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences degree is designed to prepare students for the health care field with an evidence-based approach to nutrition and dietetics and medical nutrition therapy. Nutrition Sciences programs are student-focused with contact hours provided through lecture-based courses, laboratory courses, and field experiences supervised by Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists. Summer and part-time work, or volunteer experiences in the profession, are encouraged to help bolster a competitive application for the dietetic internship. Nutrition and dietetics professionals have a unique knowledge of the science and art of nutrition. The blend of scientific knowledge and social and cultural factors influencing what people eat enables Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists to assist individuals in health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management.

Available Options

  • Dietetics Track

    This general program will allow students to meet all Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) requirements.

  • Sports Nutrition Track

    This concentration allows the students to take specialized courses in sports nutrition and kinesiology. Students in this concentration will meet DPND requirements.

Accreditation

For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Use the knowledge and skill gained during the DPND to demonstrate the abilities needed for success in the dietetics field.
  2. Demonstrate competence in various educational and professional activities.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse population.

Career Possibilities

Nutrition Sciences graduates are prepared to work in clinical dietetics as interns and graduate students under the supervision of licensed RDNs. Some may also enjoy helping professional or recreational athletes in sports ranging from sprinting to stock car racing as Licensed and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). Others may find employment in health clubs, spas, or neighborhood gyms. Others may work in food service for corporations, schools, airlines and the military. Those with inquiring minds may prefer the laboratory, conducting experiments for quality assurance departments, new products for offices or drug companies to delineate metabolic pathways. Some of the major areas (with application eligibility immediately after graduating) include:

  • Diet Technician, Registered (DTR/NDTR)
  • Certified Dietary Manager (CDM)
  • WIC Nutrition Educator
  • Dietary Aide
  • Pair with a Fitness Specialization such as a CPT from ACSM, NATA or NSCA
  • Research

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Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences

Dietetics Track

Sports Nutrition Track

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Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences within the School of Integrated Health Sciences provides a high-quality educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of kinesiology, nutrition sciences, and athletic training. Students receive rigorous classroom instruction aided by computer and multimedia instruction, and practical laboratory and clinical experiences.

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