Nutrition students posing with faculty in front of the Jacob's Dream monument on campus

Nutrition (BS)

Make a healthy career choice.

As society places greater emphasis on preventative healthcare, the need for professionals to help people make smarter food and fitness choices is rapidly increasing.

Combine education with your passion for a healthy lifestyle and major in nutrition at ACU, where Christian values and ethics serve as a foundation.

Choose from one of four concentrations to prepare for your desired career within the nutrition field:

  • If you’re interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, the dietetics concentration might be right for you.
  • The exercise science concentration prepares you to counsel individuals in wellness centers or serves as a foundation for a future personal training program.
  • The community concentration can lead to public education in a variety of settings.
  • The food service concentration provides training in food management, safety and marketing.

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition

Nutrition Concentrations

Graduates with the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition help others by living and teaching healthful nutrition practices and wellness lifestyles. Christian values and ethics are encouraged in any area of nutrition the student chooses. Students may declare Nutrition as a major with a concentration in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), Exercise Science, Community, or Food Service. Entry into the DPD requires a formal application process. Below are details concerning the concentrations in Nutrition.

Didactic Program in Dietetics Concentration (NDPD)

The Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND a division of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). ACEND can be contacted at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext. 5400. Entry into the DPD requires a formal application process. Students who are interested in becoming Registered Dietitians may apply to the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) after passing 60 hours through a formal application and interview process. Transfer students or current students wishing to change their major may also apply to the DPD after passing 60 hours and having taken at least 6 hours of nutrition courses at ACU. A GPA of 3.2 is required for entrance into the DPD. Graduates of the DPD are prepared to enter dietetic internships, after which they may sit for the Registered Dietitian examination. Registered Dietitians may find employment in healthcare facilities, community and public health nutrition programs, other government entities, private practice, school nutrition programs, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, university education, research, sales, marketing, restaurant management, and food companies. Learn more >

Didactic Program in Dietetics majors may apply to dietetic internships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics as they are completing the DPD requirements.
Verification statements will be issued to students by the Director of the DPD upon graduation or completion of the DPD requirements. These verification statements can be provided to Dietetic Internship Directors when applying to dietetic internships.
Some states have Licensure for Dietitians. Students who desire to obtain licensure should check about the requirements in their state. Below are the requirements for applying for Licensure for Dietitians in Texas:

Exercise Science concentration (NUEX)

An increased emphasis is placed on health promotion in our society today. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans by the Department of Health and Human Services and the U. S. Department of Agriculture recommend 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity activity on most days. Other national organizations have similar recommendations. As a result, proper nutrition for exercise and sport has increased in importance for individuals to stay healthy before, during, and after exercise. Graduates with the Exercise Science concentration are trained to counsel individuals concerning proper nutrition practices in wellness centers or other exercise-related settings such as gyms or sports facilities. However, they are not prepared to counsel individuals concerning disease states. They can also receive a personal training certificate.

Community concentration (NUCO)

Nutrition professionals are in demand to educate the public in various settings. Graduates of the Community concentration are trained to effectively communicate nutrition messages to individuals and the public. They may find employment with the Extension Service, school nutrition programs, supermarkets, or in public health/government nutrition programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Food Service concentration (NUFS)

The food service industry affects virtually every person living in the U.S., and employment opportunities are expected to increase. Graduates of the Food Service concentration are trained in food management, food marketing principles, and food safety. They may find employment in school nutrition programs, food service facilities or restaurants as managers, or health departments as food inspectors.

Course Descriptions

Sample Schedules:
Didactic Program in Dietetics concentration (NDPD)
Exercise Science concentration (NUEX)
Community concentration (NUCO)
Food Service concentration (NUFS)

Nutrition Minor

The 18 credit nutrition minor is designed for students with an interest in nutrition or majoring in complementary disciplines. Students in related fields may find the exposure to nutrition pertinent to their field and enhance career opportunities by completing this minor.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 55-67 credit hours (Choice of 4 tracks)
+ Electives: 5-17 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
Tracks 4
Department Kinesiology and Nutrition
School/College College of Education and Human Services


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Biochemistry of Nutrition I & II
  • Community Nutrition
  • Food Systems Organization and Management
  • Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
  • Food Safety
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy I, II, & III
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  • Didactic Program in Dietetics (NDPD)
  • Community Nutrition (NUCO)
  • Exercise Science (NUEX)
  • Food Service (NUFS)

Where can you work after graduation?

  • healthcare facilities
  • community and public health nutrition agencies
  • private consulting in multiple venues
  • nutrition programs in schools
  • sports nutrition and corporate wellness facilities
  • AgriLife Extension
  • education in universities
  • research facilities
  • sales for nutritional companies
  • marketing in corporations
  • restaurants/food service facilities
  • food companies
Dr. Sheila Jones

Dr. Sheila Jones teaches in the Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center

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Clubs and Activities

Nutrition majors have many opportunities to learn outside the classroom, including:

  • Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Field Experiences and Practicums
  • Human Performance Laboratory
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center

About the Kinesiology and Nutrition Department

Students studying at table

The mission of this department is to prepare students to serve and lead through the development of healthful lifestyles. Our students will be change agents among those they serve as they model a wellness lifestyle and provide a role model for Christian values to participants and colleagues.

The Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center serves as a classroom for Kinesiology courses, and the Human Performance Laboratory allows students to assess health and participate in research.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.