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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Nutritional Sciences

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. Students gain an understanding of how the interplay of nutrition and lifestyle relate to current public health issues as well as the development and nutrition management of chronic and acute diseases. Students learn the scientific rationale and practice methodology to assess nutritional status for individuals in the clinical setting and for population analysis. They will use these skills to implement medical nutrition therapy or understand nutrition guidelines, standards, and policies.

Students may select one or more Options: Applied Sciences, Basic Sciences, and Dietetics. Students in any option can choose from one or more of four Emphases: Public Health Nutrition and Policy; Nutrition and Foods in Business; Community Nutrition and Food Security; or Nutrition Education and Communications.

Students must submit a letter of application for admission into the Dietetics Option following the completion of prerequisite courses. The earliest students can apply to the Dietetics Option is after their third semester.

APPLIED SCIENCES OPTION: This Option integrates knowledge of social and behavioral sciences with human physiology and nutrition. Students learn to apply knowledge of nutrition to improve health and well-being of individuals and populations by applying nutrition principles in different practice settings. Graduates of this Option can seek employment in public health and policy, business including the food industry, community and international agencies, schools, or continue to graduate study in nutrition or related fields.

BASIC SCIENCES OPTION: This option incorporates knowledge from biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics with nutrition.This Option is recommended for students preparing for careers in medicine and other health related fields such as dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, and chiropractic, including graduate school. Also, this option prepares students for careers in laboratory research in the pharmaceutical or food industries, government, or academia.

DIETETICS OPTION: This Option links 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. It also prepares students for management positions in nutrition and food systems. Graduates satisfy the current requirements for application to an accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship. Upon satisfactory completion of a Dietetic Internship, graduates are eligible to take the registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian.

Admission to the Dietetics Option: C or better in NUTR 251, BIOL 141, and CHEM 110

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
(17-22 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: 5-8 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 86-87 credits
(This includes 16-20 credits of General Education courses: Applied Sciences Option: 7-9 credits of GN courses; 3-4 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GHA courses; or Basic Sciences Option: 7-9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GHA courses; or Dietetics Option; 7-9 credits of GN courses; 3-4 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GHA courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 29-30 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (23 credits)
NUTR 251 GHA(3)[1], NUTR 358(2) (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 (6-7 credits)
STAT 200 GQ(4) or STAT 250(3) (Sem: 1-3)
CHEM 202(3) or CHEM 210(3) (Sem: 2-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 57 credits

APPLIED SCIENCES OPTION: (57 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (30 credits)
BIOL 141 GN(3), CHEM 110 GN(3) (Sem: 1-3)
MICRB 106 GN(3), MICRB 107 GN(1), NUTR 120(3), NUTR 360(3) (Sem: 4-6)
HRIM 228(1), HRIM 329(3), HRIM 330(2), NUTR 456 US(3) (Sem: 5-6)
NUTR 370(1), NUTR 400(1), NUTR 453(3) (Sem: 7-8)

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

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 6 credits must be at the 400 level and, of those, no more than 3 credits may be NUTR 496.) (Sem: 3-8). Students are encouraged to select one (or more) of four Emphases: Public Health Nutrition and Policy; Nutrition and Foods in Business; Community Nutrition and Food Security; and Nutrition Education and Communications. A minimum of 15 credits is recommended for an Emphasis.

BASIC SCIENCES OPTION: (57 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (38 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4), BIOL 141 GN(3), BIOL 142(1), BIOL 230W GN(4), CHEM 110 GN(3), 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)

DIETETICS OPTION: (57 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (38 credits)
BIOL 141 GN(3)[1], CHEM 110 GN(3)[1] (Sem: 1-3)
MICRB 106 GN(3), MICRB 107 GN(1), NUTR 120(3), NUTR 360(3) (Sem: 4-6)
HRIM 228(1), HRIM 329(3), NUTR 456 US(3), NUTR 391(1), (Sem: 5-6)
HRIM 330(2), NUTR 370(1), NUTR 386(3) (Sem: 6-8 )
NUTR 371(1), NUTR 400(1), NUTR 453(3), NUTR 495(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
HD FS 129 GS(3) or PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)

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 6 credits must be at the 400 level and, of those, no more than 3 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: Spring Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-06-135

Review Date: 04/10/2012

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06

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