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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2002
End Date: Summer Session 2008

Nutritional Sciences - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of Health and Human Development (NUTR)

PROFESSOR GORDON JENSEN, Head of the Department

The study of nutrition involves an in-depth knowledge of the physiological and biochemical aspects of nutrition and the role of social and economic factors as determinants of nutrition practices and their effect on physical well-being.

The student may select the Applied Sciences option and apply knowledge of nutrition and human behavior to improve the nutritional status of individuals and communities or apply nutrition principles and counseling skills to medical problems in clinical dietetics. Other emphases in nutrition education and communications, nutrition and food science, or nutrition and exercise science are possible within the Applied Sciences option. All graduates with the Applied Sciences option satisfy the current Didactic Program in Dietetics requirement for application to a dietetic internship accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (CADE). Upon satisfactory completion of an accredited dietetic internship, graduates are eligible to take the registration examination to earn the credential Registered Dietitian.

The Basic Sciences option emphasizes the laboratory aspects of nutrition and is recommended for students preparing for laboratory-based research, and graduate study, medicine and related health careers such as dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, and chiropractic. Students enrolled in the Basic Sciences option who want to become a Registered Dietitian should select all of the additional courses in the Didactic Program in Dietetics. A list of courses recommended for developing a specific competence within each option or to meet the academic requirements for a dietetic internship is available from the department office.

APPLIED SCIENCES OPTION: This option integrates knowledge of psychology, anthropology, and sociology with nutrition and emphasizes the study of eating behaviors and their relationship to nutritional status. The option includes practical experience in food service management. Graduates of this option usually work in community agencies, the food industry, schools, clinics, hospitals, wellness centers, and private practice, or continue to graduate study in public health, exercise physiology, communications, business, nutrition, or related fields.

BASIC SCIENCES OPTION: This option emphasizes laboratory research and incorporates knowledge from chemistry, physiology, and physics. This option usually leads to a career in laboratory research in the pharmaceutical or food industry, government, or academia. Students wishing to enter medicine or other health-related professions should check with an adviser as early as possible for appropriate selection of supporting courses and co-curricular experiences.

For the B.S. degree in Nutritional Sciences, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18-19 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 6 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 87 or 90 credits
(This includes 18-19 credits of General Education courses: Applied Sciences Option: 6 credits of GN courses; 4 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GHA courses; or Basic Sciences Option: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GHA courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 36 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (33 credits)
BIOL 141 GN(3), CHEM 110 GN(3), NUTR 251 GHA(3)[1], NUTR 358(2)[1], STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-3)
B M B 211(3)[1], NUTR 445(3)[1], NUTR 446(3)[1], NUTR 451(3)[1] (Sem: 5-7)
NUTR 452(3), NUTR 490W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
CHEM 202(3) or CHEM 210(3) (Sem: 2-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 51 or 54 credits

APPLIED SCIENCES OPTION: (54 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (21 credits)
MICRB 106 GN(3), MICRB 107 GN(1), NUTR 120(3), NUTR 360(3) (Sem: 4-6)
HRIM 329(3), HRIM 330(2), NUTR 456(2) (Sem: 5-6)
NUTR 370(1), NUTR 400(1), NUTR 453(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
AG BM 101GS(3), ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
H D FS 129GS(3) or PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
H P A 332(3) or MGMT 100(3) (Sem: 3-5)
H P A 460(3), HRIM 365(3), MGMT 321(3), or PSYCH 281 GS(3) (Sem: 5-7)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 21 credits, in consultation with an adviser, from University-wide offerings that provide relevance to this option. See program list of recommended courses. (At least 9 credits must be at the 400 level and, of those, no more than 6 credits may be NUTR 496.) (Sem: 3-8)

BASIC SCIENCES OPTION: (51 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (32 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4), BIOL 142(1), BIOL 230W GN(4), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-3)
B M B 212(1), MICRB 201(3), MICRB 202(2), PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
CHEM 203(3) or CHEM 212(3) (Sem: 4-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (16 credits)
Select 16 credits, in consultation with an adviser, from University-wide offerings that provide relevance to this option. See program list of recommended courses. (At least 9 credits must be at the 400 level and, of those, no more than 6 credits may be NUTR 496.) (Sem: 3-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2002

Blue Sheet Item #: 30-07-093

Review Date: 4/8/03

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06

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