B.S. Nutritional Sciences

Program Overview


See also: Minor in Nutritional Sciences

The Nutritional Sciences (NUTR) program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in biological, physical, and social sciences, in order to understand the relationships among food, nutrients, eating behavior, and human health. The curriculum provides a varied foundation in research, education, industry, and government and serves as an excellent pre-professional major for students planning a career in medicine, pharmacy, or dentistry. The NUTR curriculum also offers an ideal preparation for advanced graduate training in nutrition, biochemistry, molecular biology, public health, and related disciplines.

Course of Study

The Departments of Biomedical Sciences and Kinesiology offer a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences (NUTR) as a four-year curriculum. Students in NUTR will carry a classification of “Nutrition-Intended” and spend the majority of their first two years satisfying prerequisites, including the foundation or “core” curriculum and general education requirements. A set of seven (7) nutrition courses (19 credits) serve as the core curriculum for the NUTR degree. These courses will equip students with the knowledge and skills in the natural and social sciences that are essential underpinnings to nutrition science. In addition, students will develop critical thinking and professional communication skills through course work in public speaking, statistics, business and professional writing, and courses which delve into relevant research literature. To be eligible to apply for and progress into the professional years of study, students are required to meet program eligibility requirements.

Total credits for graduation with a Nutritional Sciences major = 123. Students are required to complete a minimum of 34 credits in the major, including 19 in the “core” nutrition curriculum and 15 in the “advanced core” curriculum. In addition, students will have the opportunity to focus their learning in specific areas of nutrition, including nutrition communications, wellness and weight management, and sports nutrition by obtaining 18 “correlate” credits in courses supporting the emphasis area.

Students should plan for four years of science-intensive study to complete the degree requirements. The program will not grant students the professional credential of “Registered Dietitian” or “Dietitian.”