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Nutritional Science Major

Division of Professional Studies

Interested in a career in wellness, health promotion or fitness leadership? Want to specialize in nutrition? Explore human biology along with health and fitness? Consider a degree in nutritional science.

Nutritional Science Major

Consists of 48 credit hours in the following courses:

Introduction to the biological sciences coveringbiological chemistry celltissue structure andfunction genetics and microevolution. Intendedfor biology health and human sciences andenvironmental science majors. Three lectures andone lab per week.Corequisites
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraicoperations with polynomial and rationalfunctions.Solving equations and graphing expressionsinvolving polynomial and rational functions andexponential and logarithmic functions.Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and110.General education master core skill2017 Summer Session I offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3
or
This course is designed to provide development ofbasic computational skills and introductoryalgebra concepts like solutions of singlevariable equations. It will also cover someintroductory statistics and probability concepts.Problem solving will be emphasized. The coursewill contain at least one project that requiresstudents to make extensive use of spreadsheetsoftware like Excel.General Education Master Core Skill

Unit(s): 3
Biology and environmental science majors shouldtake
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraicoperations with polynomial and rationalfunctions.Solving equations and graphing expressionsinvolving polynomial and rational functions andexponential and logarithmic functions.Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and110.General education master core skill2017 Summer Session I offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3
. Other students should consultwith their advisor about which course to take. General Education natural and physical sciences

Unit(s): 4

Introduction to the structure and function of thehuman body examining the skeletal muscularcirculatory nervous digestive respiratoryurinary and reproductive systems. Lecture focuseson topics of physiologyfunction histology andtheir relation to anatomical structure while thelab focuses on descriptive anatomy. Threelectures and one lab per week.Prerequisites BIOL 110 or permissionof instructor2016 Summer Session I Begins 5-23-16

Unit(s): 4

Introduction to the physiology of the human bodyincluding the physiology of enzymes andmembranes tissue physiology (nervous muscular)and a detailed survey of the physiology of themajor organ systems. Three lectures and one labper week.Prerequisites BIOL 111 or BIOL 110 and 305Credit may not be received for both BIOL 311 and314

Unit(s): 4

Principles of chemistry including stoichiometrystates of matter atomic and molecular structurechemical bonding periodicity energyrelationships and equilibria acid-basechemistry electrochemistry kineticssolubilitythermodynamics kinetic molecular theory ofgases and the systematic study of families ofelements. Three hours of lecture and onefour-hourlaboratory per week.Prerequisite MATH 110 MATH 115 or MATH 118General Education natural and physicalsciencesCredit may not be received for both CHEM 125 and161

Unit(s): 4

Principles of chemistry including stoichiometrystates of matter atomic and molecular structurechemical bonding periodicity energyrelationships and equilibria acid-basechemistryelectrochemistry kinetics solubilitythermodynamics kinetic molecular theory ofgasesand the systematic study of families of elements.Three hours of lecture and one four-hourlab per week.Prerequisites CHEM 161 or permission of theinstructorGeneral Education natural and physicalsciencesCredit may not be received for both CHEM 125 and161

Unit(s): 4

Overview of the functional groups and reactivityof organic molecules using biological examples.Three hours of lecture and one two-hour lab perweek.Prerequisites CHEM 125 or 162Credit may not be received for both CHEM 250 and305

Unit(s): 4

Examination of the multiple determinants ofhealth and wellness from a personal and communityperspective. Through service-based learningexperiences students critically analyzeindividual social and environmental factors thatinfluence health. This course requires studentsto spend time off-campus serving at communityagencies in order to successfully fulfill courserequirements.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 ENG 110 andES-230 or permission of the instructorExperiential learning and writing intensive

Unit(s): 3

Development of community based interventionstrategies to modify health risk behaviors withemphasis on theoretical foundations andcomprehensive program planning strategies.

Unit(s): 3

Basic nutrition concepts nutrition needsthroughout the life cycle and current nutritionissues.

Unit(s): 3

Investigation of the scientific principlesinvolved in basic cookery with emphasis onquality characteristics and product evaluation.Structure composition and nutritive value offoods are studied as well as food selectionstorage preparation processing and mealmanagement techniques. Food safety and anecological approach to food selection andpreparation is emphasized. Instruction requirestwo class meetings per week and one three-hourlab.

Unit(s): 3

Nutritional needs throughout each phase of thelife cycle are emphasized. Instructional deliveryappropriate to each age group is stressed.Prerequisite FCS 240

Unit(s): 3

A study of the effects of nutrition on the wellbeing of the athlete and the relationship of goodnutrition to optimum performance.Prerequisite FCS 240

Unit(s): 3

Study of the health and nutritional concerns andneeds of a community the nutritional servicesavailable to the community preventive nutritionpractices and the process involved inidentifying designing and implementing programsfor the community. Additionally MedicalNutrition Therapy and the Nutrition Care Processis learned and practiced for later developmentduring a practicum or internship. This knowledgeprovides the student with the tools to practicenutrition medical charting in the clinicalsetting with the understanding of various diettherapies.Prerequisite FCS 240

Unit(s): 3

Basic counseling skills and models are outlinedfor students who plan to enter a helpingprofession. Primary focus is placed on currentcounseling techniques and strategies. Helpingskills such as attending reflecting clarifyingempathizing supporting examining feedbackconfronting and facilitating group process aretreated. Goal setting decision makingself-awareness and referral techniques are alsoincluded.Prerequisite SOC 1012015 Fall Semester Estimated Extra Cost 45

Unit(s): 3

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with a degree in nutritional science?

Like the department’s recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • College of Charleston
  • Chelsea College of Art & Design
  • University of Delaware
  • Delta State University
  • University of Florida
  • Georgia Southern University
  • James Madison University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • University of Maryland‑Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland‑Eastern Shore
  • Mississippi State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northwestern State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Shenandoah University
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech

Or pursue a career as:

  • Adapted Physical Education Supervisor
  • Athletic Director
  • Coach
  • Event Planner
  • Interior Designer
  • Medical Interpreter
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Principal
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Sports League Manager
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Teacher

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in a variety of Health and Human Sciences fields on the Career and Professional Resources page.

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Prof. Deborah Dunn-Frederick
540-828-5460
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