What Is a Nutritional Sciences Degree?
Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences degree program prepares students to turn a passion for health and wellness into a career with the goal of helping others achieve and maintain optimal health. A bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences provides the foundation for students to develop into a nutrition, health care, fitness and education professional. By examining connections among diet, physical activity and health, students gain the knowledge and skills to promote proper food, nutrition and health management in the lives of others. A career path in nutritional science leads to consulting, guidance and counseling on healthy eating and the general welfare of populations. Further, a bachelor's degree in nutritional sciences can prepare students for entrance into graduate education in dietetics to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
Students pursuing a nutritional science degree will understand and demonstrate competency in the following areas:
- Nutrition and wellness
- Applied anatomy, physiology and health psychology
- Chemistry and organic chemistry
- Fundamental microbiology and biochemistry
- Food sciences and nutrition research
Students complete the bachelor's in nutritional sciences program with a writing-intensive capstone course in which students integrate learning and apply areas of study such as ethics of nutritional sciences and principles. The course focuses on developing plans tailored for clients with different health needs, while providing the opportunity for hands-on experience within the nutrition profession.
This fast-growing industry is offering increasing opportunities for individuals with a background in nutritional science to lead in preventative care. Professionals in this field help others make personal lifestyle choices that improve their quality of life and influence how others can achieve goals specific to their health.
Why Earn Your Nutritional Science Degree at GCU?
A career in nutritional sciences is an opportunity to address nationwide health issues and help people take charge of their health. Students pursuing a degree in nutritional science will prepare to work with individuals and populations in ways that help them choose the right foods, engage in regular physical activity and make healthy lifestyle choices.
At GCU, students learn from a values-based, faith-integrated curriculum. An emphasis on GCU’s Christian worldview develops nutritionists who make a difference by following professional and ethical practices in the human health field. GCU’s rigorous curriculum, nationally ranked campus, philanthropic relationships, and collaborative community (from students and faculty who are experts in their field to an engaged executive leadership team and involved professional board members) also set the GCU college experience apart.
Nutritional Science Degree Requirements
Start your path toward a bachelor in nutritional sciences degree. To apply to the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, fill out the form located on the right. For more information about degree requirements and program qualifications, visit our admission requirements page. GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences follows the standard application process.
In the bachelor's of nutritional sciences program, you will take science courses, including Applied Anatomy and Physiology, General Psychology, General and Organic Chemistry, Fundamental Microbiology, plus a variety of nutrition courses. Students interested in this major should have a strong interest in science and a passion for nutrition, health and wellness.
What Can You Do with a Nutritional Science Degree?
As Americans become more aware of the many benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, the demand for qualified nutritionists continues to grow. As of September 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for dietitians and nutritionists to increase by about 11% from 2020 to 2030, faster than average, accounting for an estimated increase of 7,800 jobs in the field.1
Possible career paths for graduates of the nutritional sciences degree include positions as a nutritionist, nutrition technician, nutritional and health education/outreach professional, as well as fitness and other health-related professionals. Because this is a greatly expanding area, students with bachelor's degrees in nutritional sciences may find career opportunities in education, commercial and corporate industries, as well as government and nonprofit sectors.
Workplace settings may include fitness facilities, healthcare organizations and food and nutrition management environments. This program further provides the basis for students to enter graduate school programs for nutritional sciences.
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on September 2021, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dietitians and Nutritionists
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.