Dec 05, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Nutrition/Nutrition, BS


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The Nutrition Track provides flexibility and options for students based upon their career goals or plans for a graduate education, depending upon the minor or second major that is chosen. Students can personalize the track toward employment within the fitness industry, community nutrition and health education, food and nutrition management, or other specialty areas. Students who earn the BS in Nutrition (either Dietetics or Nutrition Tracks) are able to apply for admission to the accredited IUP MS in Food and Nutrition Dietitian-Nutritionist program which upon completion allows graduates to sit for the national examination to become Registered Dietitian.

Students who minor in exercise science are prepared to take certification examinations offered by professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, among others. Those who graduate in the Nutrition Track with a minor in exercise science are eligible for early admission to the master of science in exercise science and/or food and nutrition. Students who minor in community health are eligible to take the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing exam and be recognized as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Students in the Nutrition Track who complete Medical Nutrition Therapy I and II are eligible for employment with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Students who wish to pursue graduate education in nutrition or other natural science-related programs should work carefully with their advisor so that appropriate chemistry, biology, and nutrition electives are chosen. Students receive specific academic advisement regarding science and nutrition courses needed to progress to graduation, depending upon their career plans. Faculty advisors work across disciplines to effectively mentor students toward their educational and career goals.

Students in the Nutrition Track may transfer to the Dietetics Track if their GPA is greater than or equal to a 3.0 and grades in science and food and nutrition courses are greater than or equal to a “C” or better. Students without these academic accomplishments are not competitive to receive a required post-graduate supervised practice experience to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Liberal Studies: 44


As outlined in the Liberal Studies Requirements  with the following specifications:

Natural Science:


Liberal Studies Elective: 3


  • No courses with FDNT prefix (2)

Major: 20


Controlled Electives: 24-33


Nutrition Track:


  • FDNT electives (200 level and above) Credits: 6-12 (3)
  • Program minor, certificate, or core concentration required for program completion Credits: 18-21 (4)(5)

Free Electives: 23-32


Total Degree Requirements: 120


(1) Depending upon career goals, different chemistry and biology coursework may be needed in addition to the Natural Science Liberal Studies requirements. Students who desire to change to the dietetics track should select CHEM 101 /CHEM 102 

(2) For the business administration minor, ECON 122  can be applied as a Liberal Studies elective.

(3) Number of FDNT electives depends upon number of credits in the minor, certificate, or concentration. Students who choose the exercise science or community health minor must take FDNT 245  Sports Nutrition.

(4) Select one of the following:

  • Minor in anthropology, biochemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, business administration, chemistry, human development and family studies, communications media, community health, economics, English, exercise science, family and consumer science, global health, hospitality management, international studies, marketing, political science, psychology, restaurant and food service management, sociology, sustainability studies, and women’s and gender studies. Other minors with Food and Nutrition department chairperson permission.
  • Certificate in Culinary Arts.
  • Certificate in: Big Ideas: Transformative Culture and Professions; Cultural Competencies; Digital Marketing; Professional Teamwork and Leadership; or Sociology for Human Services. Other certificates with Food and Nutrition department chairperson permission.

(5) Students who desire certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) must also choose KHSS 341  and NURS 410 .

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