Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences Program (BSNS)

Nutrition students were in the Experimental Lab today making cheese. - Feb. 25, 2020

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This morning the NSHS students attended the City of Edinburg health and wellness fair. They provided heart healthy nutrition information for attendees. February 25, 2020

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2019 Holiday meal celebration by Nutrition students and faculty

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Food Preparation End of Course Meal

BS-NS students in the Food Prep 3452 Lab A prepared a Japanese themed end of course meal.

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Healthy and 'Heart'-y Holiday with Lisa Salinas, PhD and Deepu George, PhD

How does a heart-y quinoa salad sound to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner? We had two special guests prepare a delicious protein-filled dish and discuss ways to start off the year on a positive note.

Lisa Salinas, Ph.D., from the College of Health Professions, prepared a delicious quinoa salad while discussing 3 ways to improve mental health with Dr. Deepu George, from our Behavioral Health department at UT Health RGV.

Recipe Link: http://bit.ly/QuinoaHolidays


BSNS students gave out information on diabetes for the diabetes awareness night with the UTRGV men’s basketball team.

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) men's basketball team hosted Diabetes Awareness Night during its game against Texas A&M International on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Fieldhouse. The UTRGV men's basketball team is partnering with the Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association to raise awareness about diabetes in the RGV by offering resources and information to fans while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

BSNS Students participated by giving out information and educating the community about diabetes and healthly eating. 


The BSNS students participated in the breast cancer awareness expo in Edinburg.

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UTRGV Community Garden at the Edinbug campus

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October 1, 2019 - BSNS students planted vegetables in the community garden at the Edinburg campus.


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Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, Ms. Rachel Villarreal participated in the 1 st Annual Community Health & Safety Fair at the Sekula Memorial Library and some students from the Nutrition program were also there to provide information about healthier food choices.

Pictured above are the Nutrition students encouraging the community to take the fruits, veggies and pledge to eat more plants, and a group photo of the students, including Ms. Villarreal and David Torres, city of Edinburg Mayor Pro Team.


The BSNS Program is approved by the UT System, THECB and SACSCOC, launching August 27th 2018.

The Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences Program (BSNS) is focused on graduating students with exceptional knowledge and skills in wellness and nutrition. The BSNS program is designed to prepare students for nutritional sciences careers and position them to pursue higher education at the levels of Masters and PhD in Nutritional Sciences, Dietetic programs at the Masters level, in addition to related fields at the UTRGV and other Higher Education institutions within the US. Nutritionists are specialists in the use of nutrition and food to promote health and wellness.


Clinical Assistant Professor, Rachel Villarreal is Making Headlines in the News for healthy eating lifestyles

Ms. Villarreal has been asked for her expert advice in Nutritional Sciences by news outlets for their healthy living articles. You can read/view articles from the Monitor, KRGV, and The Valley Morning Star here.

The Valley Morning Star - May 10, 2019 - Expert: Low carb, keto diets benefits differ on your needs

The Monitor - March 31, 2019 - Yolk never believe this: Cholesterol not necessarily a bad thing

KRGV - March 28, 2019 - Heart of the Valley: Food Stamp Recipients Advised to Opt for Healthy Foods