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Undergraduate Programs and Minors

In addition to careers in Nutrition and Dietetics, an undergraduate degree in nutrition can serve as a pre-med major that prepares students to pursue many different health careers including:

Medical Doctor, Physician Assistant, Pharmacist, Dentist, Optometrist, or Physical Therapist

An advantage to completing a degree in nutrition as a pre-health major is that, in addition to chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, students also gain knowledge of health care, disease prevention and treatment, and biomedical research. A foundation of knowledge in nutrition will prepare students to become lifelong more effective health care providers.

The undergraduate concentrations in nutrition also offer options to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years.

Both nutrition-dietetics and basic science concentrations include a foundation in the basic sciences and introductory nutrition coursework which is built upon through advanced coursework in nutrient metabolism, nutrition assessment, nutrition in disease prevention and treatment, community nutrition, and interpretation of nutrition research literature.

There are two undergraduate concentrations in nutrition at the Department of Nutrition: Basic Science and Nutrition-Dietetics 



The current curricula for both nutrition major concentrations leading to a BS degree in health and human sciences can be found in the undergraduate catalog and on the CEHHS Office of Advising and Student Services web page.

For more information about the Nutrition undergraduate programs and path to the RDN credential at UTK

The nutrition minor is an excellent option for students majoring in the sciences or those preparing for careers in healthcare.

Applications to the University of Tennessee and admissions and expense information are available through the main university’s Office of Admissions.

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

Scholarship deadlines:

November 1 for incoming freshmen
February 1 for current undergraduates

Loan information:

All questions regarding loans and work study information can be directed to One Stop Student Services.

CEHHS scholarships are also available.

Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Deadline: Generally early February each year

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Requires Academy student membership and minimum junior standing.

Deadline: April each year.

The Undergraduate Nutrition Student Association (UNSA) is an active organization of students interested in Nutrition. Becoming involved in this group is a great way to get to know your fellow students better AND to gain leadership and nutrition-related volunteer experience. You can run for office, chair a committee, volunteer for a committee, or simply take advantage of opportunities to participate in the group’s activities. In recent years, UNSA members have been involved in various community service activities with organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Boys and Girls Club, participated in health fairs, and have given various nutrition presentations to campus and community groups.

Go to Volink and join UNSA

Contact the faculty advisor if you have any questions: Melissa Hansen-Petrik