All students complete a basic core of courses, which provide an understanding of foods and their nutritional content, the physiological and biochemical portions of nutrients in the body, and the effects of inadequate or excessive intake of nutrients. In preparation for these courses, students also complete courses in Physiological Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and Statistics.
The course offerings and the list of course requirements established by the Department of Health and Clinical Sciences have been designed to conform to two criteria. First, there is a set of general requirements for a degree established by the university: 120 total credits, including the General Education Course Requirements. Second, there are the specific course requirements for the major, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science. These total approximately 84 credits.
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The nutritional sciences undergraduate program satisfies all the prerequisite courses for the graduate degree option, the Master of Public Health Coordinated Program in Dietetics.
This graduate program is accredited by ACEND for both the coursework and internship requirements to take the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam upon successful completion of the Master's program.
The undergraduate program is not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and does not meet the requirements for students to apply for the Registered Dietitian internship or examination after graduation.