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.

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
  • NUTR 377 Native Food Sovereignty - 4 credits


Nutrition Major - Dietetics

Nutrition Minor

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.