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Begin: Spring Semester 2012
End: Summer Session 2012

Nutritional Sciences - ARCHIVE

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

PROFESSOR GORDON JENSEN, Head of the Department

The study of nutrition is a dynamic science that incorporates knowledge of human biology and biochemistry to understand how the body utilizes nutrients and related substances for optimal health throughout the lifecycle. In addition, students gain an understanding of how the interplay of nutrition and lifestyle relate to current public health issues and development of chronic and acute diseases.

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. This option also prepares students for graduate study and employment in areas of applied nutrition.

The Basic Sciences option emphasizes the laboratory aspects of nutrition and is recommended for students preparing for careers in medicine and other health related fields such as dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, and chiropractic. This option also prepares students for graduate study and for employment in laboratory-based research. 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 behavioral sciences and human physiology with nutrition. The option includes practical experience in food service management. Graduates of this option usually work in hospitals, clinics, community agencies, schools, the food industry, wellness centers, private practice, or continue to graduate study in nutrition, public health, business, or related fields.

BASIC SCIENCES OPTION: This option incorporates knowledge from biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics with nutrition. This option specifically prepares students for entry into medical school and other health related professional schools. This option also prepares students for careers in laboratory research in the pharmaceutical or food industries, government, or academia.

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
(18-22 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: 6-7 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 87-90 credits
(This includes 18-22 credits of General Education courses: Applied Sciences Option: 9 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: 51-54 credits

APPLIED SCIENCES OPTION: (54 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (29 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(3) (Sem: 5-6)
NUTR 370(1), NUTR 400(1), NUTR 453(3) (Sem: 7-8)
NUTR 380(3) (Sem: 3-5)
HRIM 385(3) (Sem: 5-7)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
AG BM 101GS(3), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
HD FS 129GS(3) or PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (19 credits)
Select 19 credits, in consultation with an adviser, from University-wide offerings that provide relevance to this option. See program list of recommended courses. (At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level and, of those, no more than 3 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: Summer Session 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-01-069

Review Date: 08/16/2011

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06

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