Nutrition Major (no area of concentration)

(26-40 credits, plus 20 credits in supporting work)

The Nutrition major integrates a liberal arts curriculum with a strong foundation in the natural sciences. The flexible curriculum allows students to blend a broad knowledge of food and nutrition with other areas of interest or inquiry.  The open curriculum plan allows for the completion of a second major, a minor, or a selection of a wide variety of courses across disciplines.  With careful planning, students may study abroad and complete the major in a total of 8 semesters.  The Nutrition major is a good option for students interested in the economics and/or politics of food and the impact of food and nutrition on health.  It is also a good choice for students with professional or pre-professional interests in areas such as physical therapy, fitness, exercise physiology, or general health education because it allows for the completion of all pre-requisite courses for post-graduate education programs while completing the major.  The general nutrition major will not qualify students for professional credentialing in the allied health professions (for example, dietetics).  However, a major in Nutrition does provide a solid academic preparation for a variety of career and graduate study options related to food and nutrition.  Students seeking a major in Nutrition should seek academic guidance from a faculty advisor in the nutrition department as early as possible to assist in curriculum planning.

Required Courses

Prerequisites/supporting courses:

  • BIOL 101 Foundations of Biology
  • BIOL 216  Physiology in Practice or BIOL 221 Intro to Organismal Biology
  • CHEM 125 Introduction to Chemical Structures and Properties - 4 credits (fall semester only)
  • CHEM 250 Reactions of Nucleophiles and Electrophiles - 4 credits (spring semester only)
  • MATH 124 Probability & Statistical Inferences

* Students intending to complete pre-requisite courses for graduate programs (Pre-PT, Pre-OT, Exercise Physiology) should check with their pre-professional or academic advisor to discuss which Biology course is appropriate.

Nutrition courses:

  • NUTR 125 Concepts of Nutrition Science
  • NUTR 223 Introduction ot Food Science
  • NUTR 323 Public Health Nutrition
  • NUTR 395 Nutrition Capstone

Plus a minimum of 12 additional credits selected from the following:

  • NUTR 220 Exploring Weight Issues (2)
  • NUTR 230 Food and Culture (2)
  • NUTR 260 Topics
  • NUTR 301 Diet, Healthy and Disease Prevention (4)
  • NUTR 326 Global Health and Nutrition
  • NUTR 330 Nutritional Biochemistry (4) 
  • NUTR 331 Exercise Nutrition and Supplements (4)
  • NUTR 341 Nutrition Education (2)
  • NUTR 342 Nutrition Interviewing and Counseling (2)
  • NUTR 343 Food Production and Procurement
  • NUTR 345 Entrepreneurship

Recommended Course Sequence:

First and Sophomore Year.....Students are strongly advised to complete the following course work during the first four semesters of enrollment at CSB/SJU:

Commom Curriculum-

  • FYS
  • Language (through 211 level)
  • Theology (lower division)
  • Humanities (at least one of of two courses)
  • Fine Arts Experience

Nutrition Major Requirments/Pre-requisites-

  • Bio 101
  • Bio 201 or 216
  • Math 124
  • Chem 125
  • Chem 250
  • Nutr 125
  • Nutr 225
  • Nutr 323




For more information about a Nutrition major contact:

Jayne Byrne MS, RD, LD
Associate Professor and Department Chair

Phone: (320) 363-5133
Fax: (320) 363-5582