Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nutrition Science

Program Director A. Sylvetsky Meni

Advisor K. Pinto

Nutrition science is the study of how nutrients and food components influence growth, metabolism, health, and disease and also includes human behavior as it relates to food choices. It is a multi-faceted and cross-disciplinary field, encompassing chemistry, biology, physiology, and public health. Nutrition scientists work to develop, extend, and apply all aspects of nutrition through research to improve clinical practice and public health. 

The mission of the bachelor of science with a major in nutrition science program is to provide undergraduate students with an in-depth understanding of the scientific aspects of food and nutrition. The program also aims to lay the groundwork for integrating nutrition science across disciplines and provides students with the foundation required to apply nutrition to the health sciences. 

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The University General Education Requirement.

124 credits and maintenance of a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the nutrition science core requirements.

The University General Education Requirement1

Required (26 credits)
UW 1020University Writing
or HONR 1015 Honors Seminar: UW 1020: Origins and Evolution of Modern Thought
Two writing in the disciplines (WID) courses (may also be counted in another category).
One critical or creative analysis in the humanities course.
One quantitative reasoning course (must be satisfied with STAT 1051, STAT 1053, or STAT 1127 for exercise science and nutrition science majors).
One scientific reasoning course with laboratory experience (must be satisfied with BISC 1115 and BISC 1125 for exercise science and nutrition science majors)
Two critical, creative, or quantitative analysis in the social sciences courses (must be satisfied with ANTH 1002, ANTH 1003, or ANTH 1004; and COMM 1040, or COMM 1041 for exercise science and nutrition science majors)

*A list of approved courses can be found on the General Education Requirement page.

Basic math and science (38 credits)
BISC 1115
BISC 1125
Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
and Introduction to Cells and Molecules Laboratory 1
BISC 1116
BISC 1126
Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
and Introduction to Organisms Laboratory
BISC 2337Introductory Microbiology
BISC 3165Biochemistry I
or CHEM 3165 Biochemistry I
EXNS 1110Applied Anatomy and Physiology I
EXNS 1111Applied Anatomy and Physiology II
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I
CHEM 1112General Chemistry II
CHEM 2151Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2153Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 2152Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 2154Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
MATH 1220Calculus with Precalculus I (or higher)
Nutrition science (26 credits)
ANTH 1002Sociocultural Anthropology 2
or ANTH 1003 Archaeology
or ANTH 1004 Language in Culture and Society
COMM 1040Public Communication 2
or COMM 1041 Interpersonal Communication
EXNS 1109Professional Foundations in Nutrition Science
EXNS 2114Nutrition Sciences I
EXNS 2115Nutrition Sciences II
EXNS 2120Assessment of Nutritional Status
EXNS 2123Nutrition and Chronic Disease
EXNS 2124Lifecycle Nutrition
EXNS 3111Nutrition Science Research Methods
EXNS 4112Nutrition Science Senior Capstone Seminar
PSYC 1001General Psychology
PUBH 1101Introduction to Public Health and Health Services
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics 3
or STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
or STAT 1127 Statistics for the Biological Sciences
16 credits in guided electives. 4
18 credits in general electives.

Guided electives

ANTH 1005The Biological Bases of Human Behavior
ANTH 2502Anthropology of Science and Technology: Twenty-First-Century Brave New Worlds
ANTH 3413Evolution of the Human Brain
ANTH 3504Illness, Healing, and Culture
BIOC 3261Introductory Medical Biochemistry
BIOC 3560Diet, Health, and Longevity
BISC 2202Cell Biology
BISC 2207Genetics
BISC 2213Biology of Cancer
BISC 2214Developmental Biology
BISC 2220Developmental Neurobiology
BISC 2318Histology
BISC 2320Neural Circuits and Behavior
BISC 2322Human Physiology
or BISC 2322W Human Physiology
BISC 2323Human Physiology Laboratory
BISC 2580Biotechnology
or BISC 2580W Biotechnology
BISC 2581Human Gross Anatomy
BISC 2583Biology of Proteins
BISC 2584Introduction to Bioinformatics
BISC 3209Molecular Biology
BISC 3212Immunology
BISC 3261Introductory Medical Biochemistry
BISC 3262Biochemistry Laboratory
or CHEM 3262 Biochemistry Laboratory
BISC 3263Special Topics in Biochemistry
BISC 3320Human Neurobiology
CHEM 3166Biochemistry II
or CHEM 3166W Biochemistry II
CHEM 3263WSpecial Topics in Biochemistry
CHEM 3564Lipid Biotechnology
CHEM 4122Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
EHS 1002CPR and First Aid
EHS 1040Emergncy Medical Tech-Basic
EHS 1041EMT - Basic Lab
EHS 1058EMT Instructor Development
EHS 2108Emergency Medicine Clinical Scribe
EHS 2110Emergency Department Critical Care Assessment and Procedures
EXNS 1114Community Nutrition
EXNS 1118Sport and Nutrition
EXNS 1199Topics in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
EXNS 2116Exercise and Health Psychology
EXNS 2122Food Systems in Public Health
EXNS 3101Independent Study
HLWL 1102Stress Management
HLWL 1103Issues in Men's Health
HLWL 1106Drug Awareness
HLWL 1108Weight and Society
or HLWL 1108W Weight and Society
HLWL 1110Issues in Alternative Medicine
HLWL 1112Issues in Women's Health
HLWL 1114Personal Health and Wellness
HLWL 1116Lifestyle Nutrition
HSCI 2101Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
HSCI 2102Pathophysiology
HSCI 2103Health Policy and the Health Care System
HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics
or PUBH 3151 Current Issues in Bioethics
HSCI 2110Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts
HSCI 2112Writing in the Health Sciences
or HSCI 2112W Writing in the Health Sciences
PHYS 1011General Physics I
PHYS 1012General Physics II
PSYC 2011Abnormal Psychology
or PSYC 2011W Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 2013Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2014Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 2015Biological Psychology
PSYC 2570Peer Education
PSYC 3128Health Psychology
PUBH 1102History of Public Health
PUBH 2110Public Health Biology
PUBH 2112Principles of Health Education and Health Promotion
PUBH 2113Impact of Culture upon Health
PUBH 2116Global Delivery of Health Systems
PUBH 2117Service Learning in Public Health
PUBH 3130Health Services Management and Economics
PUBH 3131Epidemiology: Measuring Health and Disease
PUBH 3135WHealth Policy
PUBH 3137Global Public Health Nutrition

1 BISC 1115 and BISC 1125 are required to fulfill the University General Education Requirement for one scientific reasoning course with laboratory experience.

2 ANTH 1002 or ANTH 1003 or ANTH 1004; and COMM 1040 or COM 1041 are required to fulfill the University General Education Requirement for two critical, creative, or quantitative analysis in the social sciences courses.

3 STAT 1051 or STAT 1053 or STAT 1127 is required to fulfill the University General Education Requirement for one quantitative reasoning course.

4 Guided electives: the courses included in the guided electives list have been identified as highly relevant to the BS in Nutrition Science curriculum; students must take 16 credits in courses from this list. General electives (18 credits) also may be selected from the guided electives list, or any other undergraduate course at the University except LSPA courses.