BSHES in Nutritional Sciences with Emphasis in Nutrition and Foods

Degree Program Description

The program 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.  Nutritional Sciences with emphasis in Nutrition and Foods is a five- year BS-MS program.  During the first two years of the curriculum, students develop a foundation in science and general education.  This is followed by a three year course of study devoted to professional courses and supervised practice (fieldwork). The program prepares students to become registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN).  RDN's specialize in applied nutrition and work in a variety of practice settings, such as hospitals and clinics, schools, business and industry, private practice and public health clinics.

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Major Program Requirements

The College of Human Environmental Sciences offers a bachelors degree in BSHES in Nutritional Sciences with a emphasis in Nutrition and Foods.  Only students who successfully complete prerequisites, have been admitted to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and complete all undergraduate requirements for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics will receive this emphasis area for the bachelor's degree.  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 statement is given after completion of only the bachelor's degree.  Students who receive this degree emphasis, an are in good academic standing and meet program requirements will transition seamlessly to the Coordinated Program's fifth year master's program.

The professional program requires three years of course work after completion of all prerequisites and university general education requirements.  Students accepted into the Coordinated Program will receive academic course work and supervised practice during years 3-5.  Admission is limited to a maximum of 20 students per year.

Application requirements to the CP are posted each year on the department's webpage at  Applications are due in January.  To be eligible to apply, the applicants must be admitted to the university, have a minimum 3.2 GPA and have completed or be able to complete the first four semesters of courses listed below.  The student must be enrolled in or already have completed NEP 2340 and BIOCHM 3630 at the time the CP application is submitted.  Students must achieve a final course grade of B- or better in both, or equivalent transfer course approved by faculty.  Failure to meet the criteria may result in forfeiture of a space in the Coordinated Program.  Accepted students must also successfully pass background checks, drug screens and submit the required health records prior to starting the Coordinated Program. 

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For additional information, please go to

Students must complete all university and College of Human Environmental Sciences requirements, including general education, in addition to the degree requirements below.

Emphasis Core Requirements

Pre-Professional Requirements
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 2030
CHEM 2130
Survey of Organic Chemistry
and Organic Laboratory I
BIOCHM 3630General Biochemistry3
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
HLTH_SCI 1000Introduction to the Health Professions3
NEP 1995Nutritional Food Science3
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
NEP 2340Human Nutrition I3
NEP 2380Diet Therapy for Health Professionals3
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
H_D_FS 1600Foundations of Family Science3
or H_D_FS 1610 Intimate Relationships and Marriage
FINPLN 2183Personal and Family Finance3
Area of Competence
ESC_PS 4170Introduction to Applied Statistics3
F_S 4310Food Chemistry and Analysis4
MANGMT 3000Principles of Management3
MPP 4204Medical Pharmacology5
PTH_AS 2201Human Anatomy Lecture3
NEP 2450Nutrition Throughout the Life Span3
NEP 3290Food Service I: Supervised Practice Experience1
NEP 3360Nutritional Assessment Supervised Practice Experience2
NEP 3370Nutrition Therapy I: Supervised Practice Experience3
NEP 3390Teaching and Counseling Techniques in Nutrition2
NEP 3400Teaching & Counseling Techniques in Nutr. Supervised Practice Exp1
NEP 3590Community Nutrition Supervised Practice Experience1
NEP 4290Food Serv. II: Adv. Food Service Manage. Supervised Practice Exp2
NEP 4280Food Service Management3
NEP 4340Human Nutrition II Lecture3
NEP 4360Nutritional Assessment3
NEP 4370Nutrition Therapy I3
NEP 4590Community Nutrition3
NEP 4950Capstone: Research in Nutritional Sciences2
NEP 4951Nutrition Research Communication1
NEP 8340Nutrition in Human Health3
Select 2 supporting electives from the list of approved courses on your degree sheet6
Humanities (Writing Intensive)3

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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
GN_HES 11001CHEM 13204 
HES Foundation Course (recommend H_D_FS 1600 or H_D_FS 1610)3ENGLSH 10003 
PSYCH 10003HLTH_SCI 10003 
BIO_SC 1500 or 1010 and 10205Humanities (PHIL 1150 or PHIL 2440 recommended)3 
MATH 11003HIST or POL_SC course3 
 15 16  
Second Year
CHEM 20303BIOCHM 36303NEP 1995 (optional)3
CHEM 21302CDS 21903 
MPP 32025COMMUN 12003 
NEP 23803NEP 19953 
HES Foundation Course (FINPLN 2183 is recommended) NEP 23403 
 13 15 3
Third Year
MANGMT 30003Humanities (WI)3NEP 34001
NEP 33602NEP 24503NEP 35901
NEP 43403NEP 32901ESC_PS 41703
NEP 43603NEP 33902 
NEP 45903NEP 42803 
 Supporting Elective3 
 14 15 5
Fourth Year
F_S 43104MPP 42045 
NEP 42902NEP 33703 
NEP 49502NEP 43703 
PTH_AS 22013NEP 49511 
Supporting Elective3NEP 83403 
 14 15  
Fifth Year
ESC_PS 72003Professional Development (course proposal pending)1 
HMI 74303Medical Therapy course (course proposal pending)2 
NEP 73802Practice of Dietetics course (course proposal pending)10 
NEP 73851  
Medical Nutrition Therapy course (course proposal pending)4  
 13 13  
Total Credits: 151

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