BS in Nutritional Science


The Bachelor of Science program in Nutritional Science integrates the principles of chemical, biological, and social sciences. The BS program prepares graduates for careers as nutritionists, packaging professionals, dietitians, and foodservice professionals in educational institutions, acute (hospital) and long term care facilities, nutrition and food research laboratories, business and industries, and community and government agencies.

Example Careers of Alumni

  • Food service managers in various settings: school districts, business corporations, universities, health care facilities, etc.
  • Health/Nutrition educators in various settings: schools, community-based centers, government agencies, etc.
  • Clinical dietitians in various settings: hospitals, clinics, home-care agencies, long-term care facilities, dialysis centers, etc.
  • Food scientists
  • Sales representatives for nutrition/food companies

The Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science program offers three concentrations:

  1. BS - Applied Nutrition and Food Sciences
  2. BS - Dietetics
  3. BS - Food Management

Impaction Criteria for Change of Major Applications 

The term "impaction" is used to refer to the circumstance in which the number of students applying to a campus or department exceeds the available spaces and an enrollment limit is in effect. Various selection criteria are then employed when processing students for admission. There is an enrollment limit in effect for the Nutritional Science majors and minors. The current selection criteria and instructions can be found below.

Change of Major to the BS Nutritional Science/Packaging Degree for Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Prerequisite Tests for Undergraduates

There are a series of prerequisite tests, depending on the enrollment status, that students are required to take before entering specific classes. A current issue of SJSU Schedule of Classes provides test dates and more information about the below tests.

For more information, go to the SJSU Testing Office website.

Writing Skills Test

The WST is required of all students. A high designated score allows a waiver of the class. WST is a prerequisite for NUFS 106A, NUFS 135 and all advanced GE courses, especially HPRF 100W. Therefore, it is recommended that the WST is taken early in the student's enrollment at SJSU.

English Placement Test and Entry Level Mathematics Exam

The EPT is required of students who have not completed ENGL 001A with a C or better, have scores that do not meet the designated SATs, ACTs, or ACTEs, or have not been admitted with 56 semester units or more.

The ELM is required of students who have not completed a college math course that meets the General Education math requirements with a C or better, who are not graduates, or have scores that do not meet the designated ACTs, ACTEs, or other placements tests