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College of Human Ecology


Department of Nutrition Science


William Forsythe, Chair, 148 Rivers Building

Nutrition is an integrative science that draws from physiology, biology, chemistry, behavior sciences and other disciplines to understand food, behavior and health. In addition to preparing students to become registered dietitians (RD), nutrition science is a great pre-professional major for careers in the allied health sciences. The bachelors of science in nutrition and dietetics is a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association. CADE is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. All core classes, cognate classes, and foundations curriculum classes listed below must be completed with a C (2.0) or higher. To declare a major in nutrition science, students must complete all cognate classes with a C (2.0) or higher and have at least a 3.0 GPA. To continue in the program and to graduate, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students who fall below the minimum GPA will have one semester to raise their GPA. Failure to do so will result in removal from the major.

The Department of Nutrition Science also offers a dietetic internship that is accredited by CADE. (See graduate catalog for details.) Completion of an approved DPD and an accredited dietetic internship or other accredited/approved supervised experience program are required to become a registered dietitian (RD). Completion of the BS degree in nutrition and dietetics does not guarantee entrance into an internship. Entrance into our internship is competitive and requires admittance into the graduate school, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and GRE verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning at or above 30% percentile.

BS in Nutrition and Dietetics

Each NUTR course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    CHEM 1150, 1151. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P/C: MATH 1065; C for 1150: CHEM 1151; C for 1151: CHEM 1150)
    CHEM 1160, 1161. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: CHEM 1150, 1151; C for 1160: CHEM 1161; C for 1161: CHEM 1160; RC: MATH 1083 or 1085)
    COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) or COMM 2420. Business and Professional Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) or COMM 2020. Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3) (F,S) (FC:FA)
    ECON 2113. Principles of Microeconomics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on math placement test or math section or the SAT/ACT)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    SOCI 2110. Introduction to Sociology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Core - 60 s.h.
    NUTR 1010. Cultural Foods (3)
    NUTR 1300. Introduction to Dietetics Profession (3)
    NUTR 1330. Food Safety and Sanitation (1)
    NUTR 2105. Nutrition Science (3)
    NUTR 2330. Food Science (3) (P: NUTR 1330; C: NUTR 2331)
    NUTR 2331. Food Science Laboratory (1) (P: NUTR 1330; C: NUTR 2330)
    NUTR 2400. Nutrition Assessment (3) (P: NUTR 2105)
    NUTR 3104. Advanced Vitamins and Minerals (3) (P: BIOL 2130, 2131; NUTR 2105)
    NUTR 3105. Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism (3) (WI) (P: NUTR 2105; P or C: CHEM 2650, 2651; or equivalent)
    NUTR 3311. Life Cycle Nutrition (4) (P: NUTR 2105, 2400 or permission of instructor)
    NUTR 3330. Financial Management in Dietetics (4) (P: NUTR 2330; nutrition major)
    NUTR 3500. Nutrition Research Methodology (3) (WI) (P: NUTR 2105, 3105; C: NUTR 3501; nutrition major)
    NUTR 3501. Nutrition Research Methodology Laboratory (1) (P: NUTR 2105, 3105; C: NUTR 3500: nutrition major)
    NUTR 3535. Nutrition Education and Counseling (3) (P: NUTR 2400)
    NUTR 4300. Professional Preparation in Dietetics (1) (P: Senior standing; nutrition major
    NUTR 4312. Medical Nutrition Therapy I (4) (P: NUTR 3105; nutrition major)
    NUTR 4313. Medical Nutrition Therapy II (4) (P: NUTR 4312; nutrition major)
    NUTR 4330. Food Production Principles of Dietetics (4) (P: NUTR 3330; nutrition major)
    NUTR 4331. Food Production in Dietetics Lab (3) (P: NUTR 4330: nutrition major)
    NUTR 4500. Community Nutrition (3) (P: NUTR 3535; nutrition major)
    NUTR 4600. Senior Seminar (3) (P: Senior standing)
  3. Cognates - 21 s.h.
    BIOL 1100, 1101. Principles of Biology and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC)
    BIOL 2110, 2111. Fundamentals of Microbiology and Laboratory (3,1) (F,S) (FC:SC) (P for 2110: CHEM 1120, 1130 or BIOL 1100 and CHEM 1150; 2.75 GPA or consent of instructor; RP for 2110; BIOL 1050, 1051 or 1100, 1101; P/C for 2111: BIOL 2110)
    BIOL 2130. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: BIOL 1050, 1051; or 1100, 1101)
    BIOL 2131. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy Laboratory (1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P/C: BIOL 2130)
    CHEM 2650. Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences (4) (F) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161)
    CHEM 2651. Organic Chemistry Lab for the Life Sciences (1) (F) (C: CHEM 2650)
    Choose a 3 s.h. statistics course
  4. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

Nutrition Minor

The minor in nutrition requires 29 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Core - 16 s.h.
    NUTR 1010. Cultural Foods (3)
    NUTR 2105. Nutrition Science (3)
    NUTR 2400. Nutrition Assessment (3) (P: NUTR 2105)
    NUTR 3104. Advanced Vitamins and Minerals (2) (P: BIOL 2130, 2131; NUTR 2105)
    NUTR 3311. Life Cycle Nutrition (4) (P: NUTR 2105, 2400 or permission of instructor)
  2. Cognates - 13 s.h.
    BIOL 2130. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: BIOL 1050, 1051; or 1100, 1101)
    BIOL 2131. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy Laboratory (1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P/C: BIOL 2130)
    CHEM 2650, 2651. Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences and Laboratory (4,1) (F) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161)
    Choose a 3 s.h. statistics course.