Nutrition Major – Two Options!

At CSB/SJU, the Nutrition department offers both a major and a minor in Nutrition. As a Nutrition major, students can choose Nutrition with or without a concentration in Dietetics. The Dietetics concentration is one step on the pathway to becoming a registered dietitian (RD), while the Nutrition major without a concentration in Dietetics is a very flexible major, allowing students to choose courses that fit their future career goals, whether this be food service management, physical therapy, medicine, public health, graduate school, or a variety of other options.

Nutrition Major

(non-dietetics – 46 credits, including 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 - 4 credits
  • BIOL 216  Physiology in Practice*  or BIOL 201 Intermediate Cell Biology and Genetics* - 4 credits
  • CHEM 125 Introduction to Chemical Structures and Properties - 4 credits
  • CHEM 250 Reactions of Nucleophiles and Electrophiles - 4 credits
  • MATH 124 Probability & Statistical Inferences - 4 credits

*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 - 4 credits
  • NUTR 223 Introduction ot Food Science or NUTR 225 Experimental Food Science - 4 credits 
  • NUTR 301 Diet, Health and Disease Prevention - 4 credits
  • NUTR 323 Public Health Nutrition - 4 credits
  • NUTR 395 Nutrition Capstone or NUTR 396 Nutrition Research Capstone*- 2 credits

*Please note that NUTR 380 and NUTR 381 are required to get into NUTR 396.

Plus a minimum of 8 additional credits selected from the following:

  • NUTR 220 Exploring Weight Issues  - 2 credits
  • NUTR 230 Food and Culture - 2 credits
  • NUTR 240 Food Systems: Policies and Controversies - 2 credits
  • NUTR 260 Various topics courses - 2-4 credits
  • NUTR 300 Culinology of French Cuisine - 2 credits
  • NUTR 302 Physiology of Weight Regulation - 2 credits
  • NUTR 303 Food Labeling and Regulations - 2 credits
  • NUTR 310 Sensory Evaluation of Food - 2 credits
  • NUTR 320 Micronutrient Metabolism and Nutritional Supplementation - 2 credits
  • NUTR 326 Global Malnutrition and Disease - 4 credits
  • NUTR 330 Nutritional Biochemistry - 4 credits
  • NUTR 341 Nutrition Education - 2 credits
  • NUTR 342 Nutrition Interviewing and Counseling - 2 credits
  • NUTR 343 Food Production and Procurement - 4 credits
  • NUTR 345 Entrepreneurship and Management in Food Industry - 4 credits
Nutrition Major Advising Tracks

To help guide non-dietetics Nutrition majors into appropriate courses to help meet their long-term goals, the Nutrition department has developed Advising Tracks. These tracks provide suggestions on courses to take based on one’s goals, but a student is not required to choose a specific Advising Track to major in Nutrition.

Contact the Nutrition Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Mark Glen MS, RD
Chair, Nutrition Department
CSB Academic Services Building 151
Fax 320-363-5582