Nutrition And Foods


Diet is a powerful tool that can improve and even prevent chronic conditions that plague our nation, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and cancer. Improving health through nutrition involves exciting research that spans from the cell to the community. Nutrition is a multidisciplinary field, involving biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, genetics, epigenetics, epidemiology, sociology, public health, policy, exercise, food science, and medical nutrition therapy. The Nutrition and Foods program at Texas State provides state-of-the-science education and training opportunities focused on 1) the efficacy of specific nutrients and whole foods-based diets in the promotion of health and treatment of chronic diseases, and 2) promotion of healthy dietary patterns across the life course among diverse individuals and families, with the goal of fostering health equity.

Nutrition has three program tracks:

Major in Nutrition and Foods (Dietetics)

The dietetics track is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (Acend). Students who complete this degree obtain a Verification Statement, one of the necessary steps in pursuing the Registered Dietitian credential.

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Major in Nutrition and Foods (with a Minor)

This track is for students who have a strong interest in nutrition and who wish to take a complementary minor. Popular minors include biology, business administration, chemistry, and exercise sports science. Graduates pursue employment in research, food management, wellness, and in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

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Major in Nutrition and Foods (Teacher Certification in Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Sciences)

This track is for students who are pursuing a career in family and consumer sciences education at the high school

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Graduates of our program are in demand across the state and find employment in a variety of nutrition, public health, and wellness-related industries. Upon graduation, many pursue the Registered Dietitian credential and pursue post-graduate educational opportunities such as the Texas State MS in Human Nutrition.

Dr. Lane

Dr. Michelle Lane

Nutrition and Foods

Program Area Coordinator