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Nutritional Sciences BS degree

Program overview

Understanding nutrition, especially nutritional content, can have a remarkable impact on our health. Educating the public about the benefits of nutrition, and the various ways healthy living can improve our well-being, is the focus of the BS degree in nutritional sciences.

The nutritional sciences major blends biological, chemical, and behavioral sciences to help health professionals, administrators of nutrition and health promotion programs, and the general
public better understand and translate the science of food into policy and practice. Nutritionists and nutrition scientists apply their knowledge to help businesses offer employee wellness programs; assist food systems admin­istrators and engineers involved in food innovation and technology; and oversee government programs addressing food insecurity and population health issues.

The major offers a challenging curriculum that prepares students with an in-depth understanding of nutrition as an important moderator of health. Students are well prepared to apply to professional programs, such as medical school, enter graduate school for further biomedical studies, or provide expertise in nutrition to the general public in a range of diverse settings (e.g., sports fitness programs, hospitality industry, nutrition writing, and federal nutrition programs).

An effective nutritional scientist is skilled in working with people to address behavioral issues, teach clients about nutrition and health properties in food, and offer nutrition supervision. The major offers a comprehensive curriculum that provides a solid foundation in nutritional sciences as well as leadership skills that include communication, problem solving, team dynamics, and interaction with the community.

Cooperative education

Two required blocks of cooperative education give you hands-on experience in the nutrition field. You’ll alternate periods of full-time, paid experience with full-time study on campus. Through co-op you’ll gain a fuller understanding of the roles nutritionists and nutrition scientists play in various professional environments.

Career opportunities

Careers in nutrition are diverse, ranging from policy development, communications, and social and community services. You can choose to select electives to become eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), a respected credential in health care education. You will also be well prepared to pursue graduate study for a career in medicine, allied health, or research.

Note: The nutritional sciences major does not meet the educational requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that lead to eligibility to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Curriculum

Nutritional sciences, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
FOOD-121 Principles of Food Production 3
CHMG-111, 112 LAS Perspective 5, 6: General Organic Biochemistry I, II 8
MATH-101 LAS Perspective 7A: College Algebra 3
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
NUTR-215 Contemporary Nutrition 3
  First Year Writing 3
  LAS Electives 6
  First Year LAS Elective 3
ACSC-010 Year One: College Experience 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
MEDS-250, 251 Anatomy and Physiology I, II and Labs 8
SOCI-102 Foundations of Sociology 3
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Statistics I 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
  LAS Immersion 1 3
  Major Electives 9
  Wellness Education*  
Third Year
NUTR-333 Techniques of Dietetic Education 3
NUTR-554 Life Cycle Nutrition 4
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  LAS Perspective 3 3
  Major Electives 15
  Wellness Education*  
Fourth Year
NUTR-560 Senior Project (WI) 3
NUTR-510 Nutrition and Integrative Medicine 1
NUTR-550 Community Nutrition 3
NUTR-525 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
  Free Electives 9
  Major Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 123

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.