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Nutrition Major (NUTR)

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

Available Concentrations and AOS Codes:
Human Nutrition and Dietetics, U552 (ADA Didactic Program in Dietetics)
Nutrition Science, U550
Nutrition and Wellness, U533

The Department of Nutrition offers course instruction, research experience, and fieldwork opportunities. The curriculum is designed to train students in the following three areas of focus:

  1. Human Nutrition and Dietetics—develops and educates students to work as agricultural extension agents; dietitians in hospitals, long-term care facilities and public health programs; nutrition education specialists; sports nutrition; consultants and entrepreneurs. The Human Nutrition and Dietetics concentration is the Didactic Program in Dietetics and meets the academic requirements of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Students completing this concentration meet academic requirements for a dietetic internship or preprofessional practice program. The Didactic Program of Dietetics is currently granted approval status by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetics Association, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/899-0040.
  2. Nutrition Science—prepares students for entry into medical, dental, chiropractic or graduate school; trains students for research and development in the biomedical, biotechnical, and pharmaceutical industries.
  3. Nutrition and Wellness—provides instruction and experience in the basic nutritional sciences, community nutrition, public health education, and exercise & sport science, enabling graduates to work in a variety of settings such as voluntary and community health organizations, health care, government, education, and the fitness industry. This concentration also prepares students for graduate training in nutrition, public health education, and exercise & sport science.

Criteria for Progression in the Major

A student must earn a grade of C (a C- is not acceptable) or better in all required NTR and related area courses to graduate in each of the three concentrations offered by the department. Furthermore, students must earn a C or better in prerequisite courses for NTR 531, 560, and 573 to enroll in these courses (see course listings). A student may not receive credit for any NTR course by special examination.

No NTR course or related area course for which a grade of C (a C- is not acceptable) or better is required for the major may be taken more than twice. Students who receive a grade below C, which includes a C-, twice in the same NTR course or related area course for which a grade of C or better is required for the major will be dropped from the major.

Suggested Academic Workload Guidelines

The faculty of the Department of Nutrition recognizes that many of its students must hold jobs to support college expenses. The faculty wishes to emphasize that academic excellence and scholastic achievement usually require a significant investment of time in study and out-of-class projects. To provide guidance to students in planning their academic and work schedules, the faculty have endorsed the following recommendations:

  1. In general, students should plan to devote between 2–3 hours outside of class for each hour spent in class. Thus, students with a 15-hour course load should schedule between 30–45 hours weekly for completing outside-of-class reading, study, and homework assignments.
  2. Students who are employed more than 5–10 hours each week should consider reducing their course loads (semester hours), depending upon their study habits, learning abilities, and course work requirements.

Requirements

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

Core Category

S.H.

Students may select courses for:

 

Literature (GLT)

3

Fine Arts (GFA)

3

Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (GPR)

3

One additional GLT, GFA, or GPR course

3

Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)

3

Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and one additional GRD course

6

 

 

Department specifies courses for:

 

Mathematics (GMT)
required for Nutrition & Wellness, and Human Nutrition & Dietetics: STA 108

required for Nutrition Science: MAT 115

3

Natural Sciences (GNS)
required for Nutrition Science: BIO 111 and CHE 111

required for Human Nutrition & Dietetics, and Nutrition & Wellness: BIO 111 and CHE 103

7

Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
required for Nutrition and Wellness: ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and CST 105

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)
required for Human Nutrition & Dietetics and Nutrition and Wellness: PSY 121 and one additional GSB course

required for Nutrition Science: any two GSB courses

6

 

II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/ concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one of which must carry the GN marker

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course
In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.

 

III Major and Related Area Requirements

Students must earn grades of C (2.0) or better in all major and related area required courses.

Human Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration

  1. NTR 103, 203, 213, 302, 309, 313, 403, 413, 423, 426, 531, 550, 560, 573, 576 or ESS 375
  2. Related areas: ACC 201; BIO 111*, 277, 280; CHE 103*, 104, 110, 205, 206; ENG 101; ISM 110; MAT 115*; PSY 121*; STA 108*

*STA 108 satisfies GMT; BIO 111 and CHE 103 satisfy GNS requirement; MAT 115 satisfies GMT; PSY 121 satisfies one GSB requirement.

Nutrition Science Concentration

  1. NTR 213, 302, 313, 413, 531, 550, 560, 573
  2. Related areas:
    BIO 111*, 112, 277, 355, 356, 481; CHE 111*, 112, 114, 115, 205, 206; ENG 101; ISM 110; MAT 115*; STA 108

*MAT 115 satisfies GMT; BIO 111 and CHE 111 satisfy GNS.

Nutrition and Wellness Concentration

  1. NTR 103, 203, 213, 302, 313, 403, 413, 423, 550, 576
  2. Public Health Education courses: HEA 201*, 308, and three (3) of the following: HEA 207, 310, 314, 315, 316, 330, 333, 334, 347, 450, 470, 471
  3. Exercise and Sport Science courses: ESS 220, 375, 376
  4. Natural Sciences courses: BIO 271, 277; CHE 104, 110
  5. Counseling and Education course: CED 310
  6. Mathematics course: MAT 115 or pass placement exam
  7. Additional requirements: BIO 111*; CHE 103*; CST 105*; ENG 101; ISM 110; PSY 121*; STA 108*

*STA 108 satisfies GMT; BIO 111 and CHE 103 satisfy GNS requirement; CST 105 satisfies one GRD requirement; HEA 201 and PSY 121 satisfy the GSB requirement.

IV Electives

Electives sufficient to complete total semester hours required for degree.