2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutrition Science, BS

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Kay Stearns Bruening, Undergraduate Program Director
557 White Hall


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. Evaluate and use professional literature and information technologies.

2. Explain/identify research designs and statistical analysis methods.

3. Integrate research principles into evidence-based practice.  

4. Demonstrate effective, assertive, and professional oral, written and advocacy/negotiation communication and documentation skills and use of current information technologies.

5. Interpret nutrition assessment techniques. 

6. Develop interventions to affect change and enhance wellness in diverse individuals and groups.

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

8. 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. Kay Stearns Bruening, 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

University Requirement

In addition to FYS 101, the BS in Nutrition Science requires completion of an IDEA course (chosen from a select list) - The IDEA course may count as a liberal arts, departmental course, or elective depending on the course chosen. Please see the undergraduate course catalog for a full listing of IDEA courses .

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, advance planning and working with your advisor makes it possible to study abroad for a whole semester or summer. We also offer a variety of nutrition-tailored study abroad 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.

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