Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Wellness)

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The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Wellness) program provides students with nutritional knowledge that will allow the individual to assist others in reducing the risk of chronic disease through educational and behavioral approaches. In addition to core nutrition courses, students take courses in Health Studies allowing graduates to effectively inform individuals, communities, and organizations about wellness. Graduates seek employment in health education, community health programs, school health programs, corporate wellness programs, insurance companies, and fitness centers. Studies focus on qualifying students to obtain the Certified Health Education Specialist certification (CHES) often required for positions in public health.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

120 semester credit hours.


75 semester credit hours (36 NFS, 27 HS, 11 Math/Science).

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Wellness) Program of Study

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
NFS 1302
  & NFS 1301 (Lab)
Food Preparation Principles
   and Food Preparation Principles Laboratory
ENG 1013Composition I3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology3
Select 3 semester credit hours from the following:3
KINS 1902
  & UNIV 1231 (required for first year students)
Fitness and Health: Enhancing Personal Wellness
   and Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience
KINS 1902
  & KINS 1901 (Lab)
Fitness and Health: Enhancing Personal Wellness
   and Fitness and Health Laboratory
Core Approved Mathematics
 Semester Credit Hours15
NFS 2323Introduction to Nutrition3
BIOL 1113
  & BIOL 1111 (Lab)
Principles of Biology I
   and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
ENG 1023Composition II3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
HS 1363Introduction to Health Education3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
CHEM 1013
  & CHEM 1011 (Lab)
Introductory Chemistry
   and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
HS 2013Health Communications3
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I3
Mathematics Core3
 Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 1023
  & CHEM 1021 (Lab)
Introduction to Organic and Physiological Chemistry
   and Introduction to Organic and Physiological Chemistry Laboratory
GOV 2023Texas Government3
HS 3053Community Health3
 Semester Credit Hours11
Third Year
NFS 3033Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle3
NFS 3043Community Nutrition3
HS 3073Health Promotion Program Planning and Design3
ZOOL 2033
  & ZOOL 2031 (Lab)
Human Anatomy and Physiology
   and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
Multicultural Women's Studies3
 Semester Credit Hours16
NFS 3083Bionutrition3
NFS 3173 (GP)Culture and Food3
HS 3083Program Evaluation in Health Promotion3
HS 4573Occupational Risk Assessments3
Select 4 semester credit hours from the following:4
NFS 2033
  & NFS 2031 (Lab)
Food Microbiology
   and Food Microbiology Laboratory
BACT 1003
  & BACT 1001 (Lab)
   and Microbiology Laboratory
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
NFS 3323
  & NFS 3321 (Lab)
Food Science
   and Food Science Laboratory
NFS 4303Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients3
NFS 3101Advanced Nutrition Laboratory1
NFS 4601Literature in Nutrition and Food Science Seminar1
HS 3413Epidemiology3
Creative Arts Core3
 Semester Credit Hours15
NFS 4313Advanced Nutrition: Micronutrients3
NFS 4943Trends and Controversies in Nutrition and Food Sciences3
HS 4743Needs Assessiment, Planning, and Evaluation for Health Professionals3
HS Elective3
Language, Philosophy, Culture Core3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

27 semester credit hours in Health Studies allows the student to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Information available at

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.