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Undergraduate Program in Nutritional Sciences

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Our dietetics program has some exciting changes to the curriculum. In being transparent and supportive for our current and incoming students, we have provided guidance for all students in planning their academic coursework in our undergraduate dietetics program.

Starting Fall of 2022, our New Dietetics curriculum will be introduced but depending on students' planned year of graduation and prior coursework completed, some students may still be completing coursework in the Former Dietetics curriculum. The new Dietetics curriculum can be found here (PDF). It includes a sample timeline of when students usually complete the coursework. The former Dietetics curriculum can be found here (PDF). Please carefully read the Student Plan for New Dietetics Curriculum (PDF) to learn more about these new course changes.

Individual student problems with completing their remaining DPD coursework in our program will be resolved on a need to be basis. Additionally, the DPD Director and Undergraduate Program Director plan on holding informational sessions in the upcoming months to outline changes to the curriculum and answer student questions, so stay tuned!

About Nutritional Sciences

Nutrition emphasizes the metabolic aspects of how organisms use food. It includes knowledge of how food is digested, absorbed and used for energy and growth as well as how and why nutrient requirements change over the live span and under stress. The field of nutritional sciences encompasses all aspects of an organism's interaction with food. It includes biochemical, physiologic, molecular, psychological, and cultural aspects of food choice and nutrient metabolism.

Click here for a quick tour of major and minor options in Nutritional Sciences.

Options in the Nutritional Sciences Major

All students complete the core requirements in biology and chemistry and then pursue the specific course work pertinent to the option they have chosen. The largest number of students is enrolled in the Dietetics Option which was re-accredited in October 2013 at the baccalaureate level for a period of ten years.

Program Goals

Through completion of the program in Nutritional Sciences, graduate will be prepared for supervised practice in dietetics, graduate school, or employment by mastering the biological, psychosocial, and community principles of food and nutrition coursework tailored to their option.

Depending on their program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Differentiate biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, and physiology and how they apply to digestion, absorption, and metabolism of food and nutrients.
  2. Integrate biological, behavioral, and environmental factors and explain how nutrition impacts human health and disease.
  3. Evaluate the implications and limitations of nutrition research by using critical thinking and analytical skills.
  4. Describe how food and nutrition community programs are important in helping to improve public health across the lifespan.
  5. Use a range of current technologies to demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Beyond these program goals, each option has specific goals.

Independent Study

All students are encouraged to pursue independent research projects with faculty members.

Dietetics Program Director

Virginia Quick, Ph.D., RD, FAND
Davison Hall, Rm. 209

Program Coordinator

Kayla Sapalio
Davison Hall, Rm. 220
For special permission numbers, the Program Coordinator may distribute them with instructor approval.

Undergraduate Program Director

John Worobey, PhD, FAPA 
 Davison Hall, Rm. 208