Students in ASU’s nutrition programs understand how food choices can prevent health problems and increase quality of life. ASU offers rigorous and complete nutrition education through classroom theory and hands-on application in our state-of-the-art instructional labs. Students gain practical field experience while providing community service to organizations. Students completing the dietetic option may become a Registered Dietitian through our nationally accredited program; 100% of our dietetics graduates passed the National Examination for Registered Dietitians last year. Our PhD program is uniquely inclusive of physical activity, nutrition and wellness.
The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a Food and Tourism concentration provides students with the skills and knowledge to develop and operate healthy, cost effective food service operations in federal and state parks, entertainment venues, as well as resorts and restaurants that cater to tourists and business visitors.
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Food Service Management is designed to build on the educational preparation of students holding an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from a community college, particularly those students with a specialty in culinary or hospitality science. The degree program prepares students for careers in food production, service, management and marketing. With additional education and professional training, students also may become credentialed as certified dietary managers, school food service and nutrition specialists, or registered sanitarians. The program provides students with management, leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills, along with significant work in a professional specialization.
The Child Nutrition Certificate program is directed towards current ASU degree-seeking undergraduate students, post baccalaureate students, and non-degree seeking students who want to be eligible for the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential, a recognized credential offered by the School Nutrition Association (SNA). To enroll in the certificate program, the applicant must be admitted to ASU as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student in the Nutrition program at ASU.
The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a Dietetics concentration provides all the academic course work a student needs to qualify to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). Students who complete a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics at ASU can apply for a very competitive dietetic internship, which will further prepare them to take the exam to become an RD. Students who complete the dietetics concentration may also find employment as community health workers and health educators.
The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a Food and Nutrition Management concentration is designed to provide students with an understanding of the food industry and the ability to apply nutrition principles to food production. According to the National Restaurant Association, the number of food service managers is projected to increase by 15 percent in the next 10 years. This degree prepares students to become food service directors at schools, health care facilities and corporate food service operations. Our graduates aspire to own restaurants or nutrition-related businesses or work in food marketing and distribution. The Kitchen Café learning lab gives students unique hands-on experience in many aspects of running food services.
The Nutrition with a Food and Nutrition Management concentration minor is designed to provide students with an understanding of the food industry and the ability to apply nutrition principles to food production. According to the National Restaurant Association, the number of food service managers is projected to increase by 15 percent in the next 10 years.
The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a Human Nutrition concentration provides students with a strong foundation in nutrition and science. Opportunities for employment include nutrition education, food and nutrition marketing and sales, food service, nutrition and health promotion and consulting. Human Nutrition students often go on to graduate studies in life sciences. The Human Nutrition concentration is also an option for nutrition students who do not wish to become dietitians.
The Human Nutrition minor provides students with a greater understanding of how nutrition contributes to healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. This minor program is available to any ASU student interested about human nutrition.
The Nutrition and Healthy Living minor will provide a strong knowledge base in nutrition and healthy diet planning to complement many majors. This minor program is available to any ASU student interested about nutrition and healthy living.
The Bachelor of Science with a Nutrition Communication concentration was originally developed in collaboration with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While focusing on basic human nutrition, students take classes designed to build a foundation toward becoming expert communicators on issues related to food, health and nutrition. Students will participate in classes that will provide content for communication courses while gaining a strong understanding of the scientific method and statistics not found in traditional writing and journalism courses. Opportunities for employment include community and health care agencies, consultants, writing for magazines, newspapers, and in public relations for food and beverage companies.
The Master of Science in Obesity Prevention and Management is an innovative, interdisciplinary degree program that draws on a wide array of expertise at ASU to integrate perspectives from the social, applied, life, and health sciences and provides advanced graduate level problem-focused, experiential training that is grounded in evidence and best practices for effective prevention and management of obesity. This degree is geared towards post-baccalaureate students and professionals who wish to advance their understanding of social, cultural, environmental, heath, and psychological issues associated with obesity. The program emphasizes the complex etiology of obesity and includes courses that will enhance students’ ability to work with individuals and populations at risk of obesity to develop effective strategies for prevention and management of the condition across the lifespan.
The Master of Science in Human Nutrition with a Dietetics concentration is a non-thesis option for Registered Dietitians (RDs) seeking to continue their education and advance their skills as practitioners. Designed with working professionals in mind, dietetics-concentration courses will be offered one evening a week or online, and students can enroll part-time or full-time. The program is based on the scientific foundations of nutrition and prepares students to have strong writing skills, computer literacy, interpretive expertise, and problem-solving skills. Students will be required to complete 30 credits, including six credits of an applied project that focuses on the practice and science of dietetics. Applicants to the master’s in Nutrition, Dietetics Concentration must have one year, full-time work experience as an RD.
The Master of Science in Human Nutrition degree program provides advanced training in the research methodologies and biochemical laboratory skills that are relevant to nutrition. Students will develop competencies in research methods and advanced practice knowledge relevant to their area of study. The skills and knowledge acquired through the program should enable each student to develop professional competencies that can be applied to significant problems and issues within the field of nutrition and dietetics. The degree program is designed for students who wish to become Registered Dietitians (RDs), which involves completion of an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics, a dietetic internship and RD exam, and those who wish to complete the program without pursuing the RD credential.
The Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness integrates graduate courses from several academic units. The degree prepares the student for research in healthy lifestyles intended to reduce the physical, social and economic costs of poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles. Students tailor a course of study in either nutrition and health, physical activity and health, or a combination of programs. Graduates are prepared for careers in higher education, governmental agencies, and in health-related research positions in nonprofit organizations or in private industry.