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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 covering biological chemistry celltissue structure and function genetics and microevolution. Intended for biology health and human sciences and environmental science majors. Three lectures and one lab per week. Corequisites
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraic operations with polynomial and rational functions. Solving equations and graphing expressions involving polynomial and rational functions and exponential and logarithmic functions. Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and 110. General education master core skill 2016 Summer Session I offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3
or
This course is designed to provide development of basic computational skills and introductory algebra concepts like solutions of single variable equations. It will also cover some introductory statistics and probability concepts. Problem solving will be emphasized. The course will contain at least one project that requires students to make extensive use of spreadsheet software like Excel. General Education Master Core Skill

Unit(s): 3
Biology and environmental science majors should take
Real numbers exponents radicals and algebraic operations with polynomial and rational functions. Solving equations and graphing expressions involving polynomial and rational functions and exponential and logarithmic functions. Credit may not be received for both MATH 118 and 110. General education master core skill 2016 Summer Session I offered as an online course

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

Unit(s): 4

Introduction to the structure and function of the human body examining the skeletal muscular circulatory nervous digestive respiratory urinary and reproductive systems. Lecture focuses on topics of physiologyfunction histology and their relation to anatomical structure while the lab focuses on descriptive anatomy. Three lectures and one lab per week. Prerequisites BIOL 110 or permission of instructor 2016 Summer Session I Begins 5-23-16

Unit(s): 4

Introduction to the physiology of the human body including the physiology of enzymes and membranes tissue physiology (nervous muscular) and a detailed survey of the physiology of the major organ systems. Three lectures and one lab per week. Prerequisites BIOL 111 or BIOL 110 and 305 Credit may not be received for both BIOL 311 and 314

Unit(s): 4

Principles of chemistry including stoichiometry states of matter atomic and molecular structure chemical bonding periodicity energy relationships and equilibria acid-base chemistry electrochemistry kinetics solubility thermodynamics kinetic molecular theory of gases and the systematic study of families of elements. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite MATH 110 MATH 115 or MATH 118 General Education natural and physical sciences Credit may not be received for both CHEM 125 and 161

Unit(s): 4

Principles of chemistry including stoichiometry states of matter atomic and molecular structure chemical bonding periodicity energy relationships and equilibria acid-base chemistry electrochemistry kinetics solubility thermodynamics kinetic molecular theory of gases and the systematic study of families of elements. Three hours of lecture and one four-hour lab per week. Prerequisites CHEM 161 or permission of the instructor General Education natural and physical sciences Credit may not be received for both CHEM 125 and 161

Unit(s): 4

Overview of the functional groups and reactivity of organic molecules using biological examples. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour lab per week. Prerequisites CHEM 125 or 162 Credit may not be received for both CHEM 250 and 305

Unit(s): 4

Examination of the multiple determinants of health and wellness from a personal and community perspective. Through service-based learning experiences students critically analyze individual social and environmental factors that influence health. This course requires students to spend time off-campus serving at community agencies in order to successfully fulfill course requirements. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 ENG 110 and ES-230 or permission of the instructor Experiential learning and writing intensive

Unit(s): 3

Development of community based intervention strategies to modify health risk behaviors with emphasis on theoretical foundations and comprehensive program planning strategies.

Unit(s): 3

Basic nutrition concepts nutrition needs throughout the life cycle and current nutrition issues.

Unit(s): 3

Investigation of the scientific principles involved in basic cookery with emphasis on quality characteristics and product evaluation. Structure composition and nutritive value of foods are studied as well as food selection storage preparation processing and meal management techniques. Food safety and an ecological approach to food selection and preparation is emphasized. Instruction requires two class meetings per week and one three-hour lab.

Unit(s): 3

Nutritional needs throughout each phase of the life cycle are emphasized. Instructional delivery appropriate to each age group is stressed. Prerequisite FCS 240

Unit(s): 3

A study of the effects of nutrition on the well being of the athlete and the relationship of good nutrition to optimum performance. Prerequisite FCS 240

Unit(s): 3

Study of the health and nutritional concerns and needs of a community the nutritional services available to the community preventive nutrition practices and the process involved in identifying designing and implementing programs for the community. Additionally Medical Nutrition Therapy and the Nutrition Care Process is learned and practiced for later development during a practicum or internship. This knowledge provides the student with the tools to practice nutrition medical charting in the clinical setting with the understanding of various diet therapies. Prerequisite FCS 240

Unit(s): 3

Basic counseling skills and models are outlined for students who plan to enter a helping profession. Primary focus is placed on current counseling techniques and strategies. Helping skills such as attending reflecting clarifying empathizing supporting examining feedback confronting and facilitating group process are treated. Goal setting decision making self-awareness and referral techniques are also included. Prerequisite SOC 101 2015 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
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