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BSc Nutrition and Food Systems

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is committed to training emerging leaders who will address grand challenges facing humanity, including management and preservation of precious and finite natural resources, and finding solutions to feed over 9 billion people by 2050. Join the Nutrition and Food Systems program from University of Arizona to pursue your career.

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Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: August, January, May
Tuition Fee: $37,116 per year
Location: Tucson, United States

Food systems is the study of the food supply chain, which includes production, processing, distribution, and consumption as well as waste. Drivers of the food system include culture, economics, policy, and marketing, and the collective impact on outcomes including human and environmental health, food insecurity, and community food security.

The Nutrition and Food Systems degree from University of Arizona is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complexities of the food system from production to consumption and impact on human health, as well as challenges faced by the food system to develop sustainable solutions for producing, processing, delivering, and consuming safe, culturally desirable, nutritious, and economically and environmentally sustainable food.

Courses include:

  • Nutrition and the Life Cycle
  • A Systems Approach to Obesity Prevention
  • Fundamentals of Food Science and Safety
  • Food Policy to Plate
  • Food Justice, Ethics, and Activism
  • Community Nutrition and Food Security

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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

Andrew Wojtanowski // MS 2016


  • Food Marketer: Research consumer demand and consumption patterns. You’ll work with food manufacturers to develop new foods or change existing food products, as well as determine price and promotion details.
  • Food Sales Representative: Act as the face for a manufacturer’s food products. You’ll contact new clients, maintain client relationships, consult on new products, and help set prices.
  • Peace Corps or Americorps Specialist: Work as an agriculture and health specialist to promote and enhance food security around the world by improving nutrition outcomes for mothers and children, increasing resilience to climate-related shocks, and reducing poverty.
  • Organic Certification Specialist: Promote organic production through certification, education, and outreach programs. You’ll review applications and inspection reports, and ensure that organic operations meet quality and compliance standards.
  • Community Engagement Coordinator: Promote products and services to the community to increase awareness. You may create written communications, organize events, recruit volunteers, arrange speakers, and manage a budget.
  • Non-Profit Manager: Manage finances and personnel on behalf of a tax-exempt food organization. You’ll engage in fundraising and supervise volunteers, as well as report to a board of directors.
  • Food Lobbyist: Educate lawmakers about how proposed legislation will affect the food industry. You’ll ask lawmakers to sponsor, change, or vote in favor of a bill.
  • Food Assistance Program Manager: Safeguard the health and wellbeing of low income individuals and families by overseeing a food assistance program. You’ll develop policies, manage activities, and track program performance.
  • Cooperative Extension Specialist: Deliver nutrition and food safety concepts to community members to improve health and safety. You’ll teach community education classes, provide training programs, and provide reports on the effectiveness of programs.
  • Food Journalist: Taste, analyze, and investigate a wide variety of food, and share your knowledge and experiences with people who read your stories and watch or listen to your programs.
  • Food Policy Consultant: Consult with public and private organizations to promote healthy nutrition and increased access to nutritious foods. You may assist with strategic planning, policy design, community food assessments, and training.
  • Food Entrepreneur: Turn your passion for food into a career by developing new products, technology, and processes. You’ll combine your knowledge of food safety, science, and business to launch your product.

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