BS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with Emphasis in Nutrition and Foods

Degree Program Description

The emphasis in Nutrition and Foods prepares students to integrate and apply the principles of the biomedical sciences and food and nutrition sciences to design and manage effective nutrition programs in a variety of settings.   Nutrition and Foods is the first step to acceptance into the Professional Coordinated Program in Dietetics.  The Coordinated Program is recognized as an accelerated program resulting in both a bachelors and masters degree.

During the first two years of the curriculum, students develop a foundation in science and general education. Students must apply and be admitted to complete the final three year course of study devoted to professional courses and supervised practice (fieldwork). Admitted students complete:

  • A Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Foods)
  • A Master of Science (Dietetics)
  • All supervised practice (fieldwork) necessary to meet the requirements to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD Exam)
  • A verification statement providing proof of completion will be provided after the graduate degree is awarded

The completion of this bachelor's degree only, does not allow the student to be eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians. Furthermore, it is not a didactic program in dietetics. No verification state is given after completion of only the bachelor's degree.

Major Program Requirements

This is a professional and competitive program that requires acceptance to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics to complete the degree.  Students who receive this degree emphasis, who are in good academic standing and meet program requirements, will transition seamlessly to the Coordinated Program's fifth year master's program.

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology are required to complete all University general education, University graduation and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

If you are planning to transfer courses (including AP credit) and would like information on how they apply to a degree program(s), you can email CAFNRadvising@missouri.edu for general recommendations.

Students are admissible to transfer into Nutrition and Foods with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, but must have a 3.2 or higher to apply to the Coordinated Program.  You are directly admissible as a freshman when you meet the University admissions requirements.

Pre-Professional Requirements (some will double dip for Gen Ed)
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
5
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
BIOCHM 3630General Biochemistry3
or BIOCHM 4270 Biochemistry
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 2030Survey of Organic Chemistry3
or CHEM 2100 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2130Organic Laboratory I2
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
or AGSC_COM 2220 Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric3
FINPLN 2183Personal and Family Finance3
F_S 1030Food Science and Nutrition3
MATH 1100College Algebra3
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
NEP 1034/1034HIntroduction to Human Nutrition3
NEP 1995Nutritional Food Science3
or F_S 3210 Kitchen Chemistry
NEP 2340Human Nutrition I3
PHIL 1150Introductory Bioethics3
or PHIL 2440 Medical Ethics
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
HIST 1400American History5
or POL_SC 1100 American Government
PTH_AS 2201Human Anatomy Lecture3
Areas of Competence
ESC_PS 4170Introduction to Applied Statistics3
F_S 4310Food Chemistry and Analysis4
MANGMT 3000Principles of Management3
MPP 4204Medical Pharmacology4
NEP 2450Nutrition Throughout the Life Span3
Humanities (select Writing Intensive section)3
NEP 3290Food Service I: Field Work/Supervised Practice Experience1
NEP 3360Nutritional Assessment Lab3
NEP 3370Medical Nutrition Therapy I: Supervised Practice Experience3
NEP 3390Teaching and Counseling Techniques in Nutrition2
NEP 3400Teaching & Counseling Techniques in Nutr. Supervised Practice Exp1
NEP 3590Community Nutrition Field Work/Supervised Practice Experience1
NEP 4280Food Service Management3
NEP 4290Food Serv. II: Adv. Food Service Manage. Supervised Practice Exp2
NEP 4340Human Nutrition II Lecture3
NEP 4360Nutritional Assessment3
NEP 4385Professional Development I1
NEP 4590Community Nutrition3
NEP 4950Capstone: Research in Nutritional Sciences2
NEP 4951Nutrition Research Communication1
NEP 7370Nutritional Therapy I3
P_HLTH 4300Health Care in the United States3
PSYCH 3830Health Psychology3
Professional Elective3
General Elective3
Supporting Electives3
Select 1 course from the list below.
AFNR 3215Community Food Systems3
BIO_SC 2200General Genetics4
BIO_SC 3750General Microbiology3
F_S 4370Food Microbiology3
F_S 4980Food Quality Assurance3
H_D_FS 3430Adolescence and Young Adulthood3
HLTH_SCI 3300Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education3
HLTH_SCI 4400Culture and Health Literacy for the Health Professions3
HLTH_SCI 4420Health Literacy, Decision Making and Behavior Changes3
MICROB 3200Medical Microbiology and Immunology4
MANGMT 4201WTopics in Management - Writing Intensive3
MRKTNG 3000Principles of Marketing3
NEP 2460Eating Disorders3
NEP 3131International Nutrition and Exercise Physiology3-99
NEP 4970PANHP Capstone: Sports Nutrition3
SOCIOL 3430The Sociology of Sport3
SOCIOL 3440Sociology of Health3
SOCIOL 4210Aging and the Life Course3
SOC_WK 4390Helping Strategies With Children and Adolescents3
SOC_WK 4395Death, Grief and Loss3
SOC_WK 4480Direct Practice with Older Adults3
Total Credits195-291

Accelerated BS to MS in Dietetics

The BS-MS coordinated program in Dietetics will provide all didactic (coursework) and supervised practice (1200 hours of fieldwork) required for a student to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians and thus, to become a registered dietician nutritionist (RDN).  The program includes two years of prerequisite courses needed for the student to apply to the program.  Successfully admitted candidates will be part of the accelerated program, they will be retained for the additional three years to complete the program, including their fieldwork/supervised practice requirements.  Only students who complete all aspects of this five year sequence, (BS, MS and 1200 hours of supervised practice), will meet requirements to take the RDN exam.

Students typically apply to the program during the spring semester of year two.  The bachelors degree will be conferred at the end of year four.  One dual enrollment class (NEP 7370) will be offered at the graduate level during the final semester of year four and remaining graduate work will occur in year five.  During years three through five, each student will be required to meet minimum criteria for program continuation.  Criteria can be found in the program handbook on the department website.

Total credits required for graduation: 150

  • Total undergraduate credits: 120
  • Total graduate credits:30    
Fifth Year Courses
AN_SCI 8420Endocrinology3
HMI 7566Health Informatics Ethics3
NEP 7380Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NEP 7381Medical Nutrition Therapy II: Supervised Practice Experience5
NEP 8380Medical Nutrition Therapy III3
NEP 8975Dietetics Supervised Practice Experience10

Requirements for Non-Thesis

A mini-comprehensive exam will be administered during year four and a comprehensive exam at the end of year five.     

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Admission Requirements:

Admission to the Professional Coordinated Program in Dietetics portion of Nutrition and Foods is a selective process and requires both an application and interview process.  Detailed information on this can be found on the NEP department website

Note: Admission is limited to a maximum of 20 students per year.

Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

Note: Changes in course requirements may occur, as the program is required to meet accreditation standards.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO_SC 1500 or 1010 and 10205CHEM 13204
F_S 10303ENGLSH 10003
NEP 1034 or 1034H3PSYCH 10003
MATH 11003Humanities (PHIL 1150 or PHIL 2440 recommended)3
 HIST or POL_SC course3
 14 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 20303BIOCHM 36303
CHEM 21302CDS 21903
COMMUN 1200 or AGSC_COM 22203NEP 1995 or F_S 32103
MPP 32025NEP 23403
FINPLN 21833PTH_AS 22013
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
F_S 43104ESC_PS 41703
NEP 33602MANGMT 30003
NEP 43403NEP 24503
NEP 43603NEP 32901
 NEP 33902
 NEP 34001
 NEP 42803
 12 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MPP 42044NEP 33703
NEP 35901NEP 49511
NEP 45903Professional Elective 3
NEP 42902PSYCH 38303
NEP 43851P_HLTH 43003
NEP 49502NEP 73703
Professional Elective3Elective 1
 16 17
Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AN_SCI 84203NEP 83802
HMI 75663NEP 897510
NEP 73803 
NEP 73814 
 13 12
Total Credits: 147

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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