2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jan 20, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutrition Science, BS


Tanya Horacek, Undergraduate Program Director
558 White Hall


Lynn S. Brann, Kay Stearns Bruening, Tanya M. Horacek, Mary Kiernan, Sudha Raj, Dayeon Shin, Jane Uzcategui, Margaret Voss, Jennifer Wilkins


Donna Sparkes, Administrative Assistant


The 124 credit B.S. degree program in nutrition science emphasizes the biological and physical sciences. In addition to nutrition in health, medical nutrition therapy, and advanced nutrition, studies include work in general and organic chemistry, biology, physiology, and biochemistry.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

1. Locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature and information technologies, understand research designs, and statistical analysis methods, and integrate research principles into evidence-based practice.

2. Demonstrate effective, assertive and professional oral, written and advocacy/negotiation communication and documentation skills and use of current information technologies when communicating with individuals, groups and the public.

3. Demonstrate appropriate use and interpretation of nutrition assessment techniques.

4. Use the nutrition care process to make decisions, to identify nutrition-related problems and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions, including medical nutrition therapy, disease prevention and health promotion.

5. Apply knowledge of the role of culture, environment, food and lifestyle choices to develop interventions to affect change and enhance wellness in diverse individuals and groups

6. Diagram and describe the role of macronutrient metabolism in the maintenance of health and prevention of disease

7. Recall and diagram the role of vitamins and minerals in the maintenance of macronutrient metabolism for health and disease prevention.

Intra-University Transfers

Transfer applicants must schedule an interview with Dr. Tanya Horacek, Undergraduate Program Director, to review admission requirements.

Required Courses

Social Science (9 credits)

Humanities 6 credits OR Foreign Language 8 credits

Note: all 8 credits of foreign language must be in one language

Nutrition electives (14 credits) 9 credits must be ≥ 300 level

Electives to complete 124 degree applicable credits

Degree Requirements

Degree requires a 3 credit Writing Intensive course and 3 credits of Critical Reflections.

The Writing Intensive and critical reflections courses may meet a Humanities, Social Science, or elective requirement. Note that some courses may satisfy both the writing intensive and critical reflections requirement -For a listing of writing intensive and critical reflection courses, please consult the Liberal Arts Core Guidebook.

Total Credits: 124

Degree Awarded: BS

Study Abroad

Given the structured nature of the Nutrition Science major, planning ahead and working with your advisor makes it easy to study aboard for a whole semester or summer. We also offer a variety of nutrition-tailored study aboard short term experiences.


In addition to above requirements, pre-med students are required to complete additional courses in physics and mathematics according to the recommendations of the Health Professions Advisory Program.