Curriculum and Courses
Nutrition Major (Dietetics or non-Dietetics) and Nutrition Minor
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. More detail on the Nutrition major (non-dietetics) can be found below. For additional information on the Dietetics concentration, please see the Nutrition Major: Dietetics Concentration page (link below).
To help guide Nutrition majors not in the Dietetics concentration 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. For addition information on the Advising Tracks, please see the Nutrition Major: Advising Tracks page.
Nutrition Major (non-Dietetics) with Optional Advising Track
(46 credits, including 20 credits in supporting work)
The Nutrition major integrates a liberal arts curriculum with a strong foundation in the natural sciences, providing a solid academic preparation for a variety of career and graduate study options. The flexible curriculum allows students to blend a broad knowledge of food and nutrition with other areas of interest or inquiry, with the possibility of completing a second major, a minor, or a wide variety of courses from other disciplines. With careful planning, students may study abroad and complete the major in a total of 8 semesters.
A Nutrition major is an excellent option for students with professional or pre-professional interests in areas such as physical therapy, medicine, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, or food science, as it allows for the completion of all pre-requisite courses for post-graduate education programs while completing the major. As noted above, the Advising Tracks we have developed can help guide a student into appropriate courses for their area of interest.
Students seeking to major in Nutrition should seek academic guidance from a faculty advisor in the Nutrition department as early as possible to assist in curriculum planning.
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.
- 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
- NUTR 377 Native Food Sovereignty - 4 credits
Nutrition Major - Dietetics
A Nutrition minor can be an excellent addition to almost any major--for example, Biology, Psychology, Education, Nursing, or Communication. Please see the Nutrition Minor page for more details.
Students are encouraged to make an appointment with a faculty member to discuss the Nutrition major or minor. Faculty in the department would be delighted to talk with you, work out a four-year plan, and answer any questions you might have.