Nutrition Major (no area of concentration)

(26-40 credits, plus 20 credits in supporting work)

The Nutrition major integrates a liberal arts curriculum with a strong foundation in the natural sciences. The flexible curriculum allows students to blend a broad knowledge of food and nutrition with other areas of interest or inquiry.  The open curriculum plan allows for the completion of a second major, a minor, or a selection of a wide variety of courses across disciplines.  With careful planning, students may study abroad and complete the major in a total of 8 semesters.  The Nutrition major is a good option for students interested in the economics and/or politics of food and the impact of food and nutrition on health.  It is also a good choice for students with professional or pre-professional interests in areas such as physical therapy, fitness, exercise physiology, or general health education because it allows for the completion of all pre-requisite courses for post-graduate education programs while completing the major.  The general nutrition major will not qualify students for professional credentialing in the allied health professions (for example, dietetics).  However, a major in Nutrition does provide a solid academic preparation for a variety of career and graduate study options related to food and nutrition.  Students seeking a major in Nutrition should seek academic guidance from a faculty advisor in the nutrition department as early as possible to assist in curriculum planning.

Required Courses

Prerequisites/supporting courses:

  • BIOL 121 Intro to Cell/Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 216  Physiology in Practice or BIOL 221 Intro to Organismal Biology
  • CHEM 125 Introduction to Chemical Structures and Properties - 4 credits (fall semester only)
  • CHEM 250 Reactions of Nucleophiles and Electrophiles - 4 credits (spring semester only)
  • MATH 124 Probability & Statistical Inferences

* Students intending to complete preqequisite courses for graduate programs (Pre-PT, Pre-OT, Exercise Physiology) should check with their pre-professional or academic advisor to discuss which Biology course is appropriate.

Nutrition courses:

  • NUTR 125
  • NUTR 225
  • NUTR 323
  • NUTR 395

Plus a minimum of 12 additional credits selected from the following:

  • NUTR 220
  • NUTR 230
  • NUTR 301
  • NUTR 330
  • NUTR 331
  • NUTR 333
  • NUTR 337
  • NUTR 341
  • NUTR 342
  • NUTR 343
  • NUTR 345
  • (NUTR 212, 260 when these are offered).

 

For more information about a Nutrition major contact:

Jayne Byrne MS, RD, LD
Associate Professor and Department Chair

Phone: (320) 363-5133
Email: jbyrne@csbsju.edu
Fax: (320) 363-5582