Nutrition Major: Nutrition and Wellness Option (B.S.)

Nutrition is the study of how nutrients and food components function at molecular, cellular, and whole-body levels to impact human health and disease. Students are grounded in fundamental sciences as they develop nutrition-specific competencies in nutrition and health, foods, nutritional assessment, wellness, life cycle nutrition, and/or metabolic biochemistry.

The nutrition program prepares students for entry-level positions in health care, education, or the biotechnology industry, or entry into post-baccalaureate professional programs. Nutrition faculty have expertise in clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, and food science, as well as assessing risk factors of chronic disease risk (i.e. obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular, cognitive) in diverse populations (pediatric, young adult, older adult).

Students who complete the Nutrition and Wellness option are prepared for jobs in agencies or businesses that have an emphasis on health and wellness, including schools, fitness centers, and non-profit or community organizations.

A minimum grade of C-minus or better must be earned in all NUTR courses required by the major.

Foundation Courses
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
SOC 400Introductory Sociology4
or PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology
Choose ONE statistics course4
Applied Biostatistics I
Statistics in Psychology
Science Core Courses
CHEM 411Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences4
BMS 501Microbes in Human Disease4
BMCB 501Biological Chemistry4
Nutrition Core Courses
NUTR 400Nutrition in Health and Well Being4
NUTR 401Professional Perspectives on Nutrition1
NUTR 476Nutritional Assessment4
NUTR 650Life Cycle Nutrition4
Nutrition and Wellness Courses
NUTR 403Culinary Arts Skills Development4
NUTR 506Nutrition and Wellness4
NUTR 546Nutrition in Exercise and Sports4
NUTR 610Nutrition Education and Counseling4
NUTR 720Community Nutrition4
NUTR 755Treatment of Adult Obesity3
NUTR 758Practicum in Weight Management2
OT 513Stressed Out: The Science and Nature of Human Stress4
ENGL 502Professional and Technical Writing4
or ENGL 503 Persuasive Writing
HMP 401United States Health Care Systems4
HMP 501Epidemiology and Community Medicine4
EXSC 620Physiology of Exercise4
or HPE 648 Current Issues in Teaching Health
700-level elective4-5

Nutrition and Wellness Capstone Experience

One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning. The capstone requirement for Wellness students is satisfied through the completion of NUTR 720 Community Nutrition or NUTR 755 Treatment of Adult Obesity during their senior year. 

NOTE: Both NUTR 720 Community Nutrition and NUTR 755 Treatment of Adult Obesity are required courses; one of these courses must be taken during the student's senior year to fulfill the university's capstone requirement.

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Nutrition and Wellness

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NUTR 400 Nutrition in Health and Well Being 4
NUTR 401 Professional Perspectives on Nutrition 1
BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
SOC 400
Introductory Sociology
or Introduction to Psychology
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
NUTR 476 Nutritional Assessment 4
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HMP 401 United States Health Care Systems 4
Discovery course 4
Second Year
CHEM 411 Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences 4
NUTR 403 Culinary Arts Skills Development 4
OT 513 Stressed Out: The Science and Nature of Human Stress 4
Inquiry course 4
NUTR 506 Nutrition and Wellness 4
BMCB 501 Biological Chemistry 4
Select one of the following: 4
Applied Biostatistics I
Statistics in Psychology
Elective (WI) 4
Third Year
NUTR 546 Nutrition in Exercise and Sports 4
NUTR 610 Nutrition Education and Counseling 4
BMS 501 Microbes in Human Disease 4
EXSC 620
Physiology of Exercise
or Current Issues in Teaching Health
NUTR 650 Life Cycle Nutrition 4
ENGL 502
Professional and Technical Writing
or Persuasive Writing
HMP 501 Epidemiology and Community Medicine 4
Discovery Course 4
Fourth Year
NUTR 755 Treatment of Adult Obesity 3
NUTR 758 Practicum in Weight Management 2
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course or Elective 4
Elective (any course) 3-4
NUTR 720 Community Nutrition 4
700-level Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 3-4
 Total Credits128-130
  • Demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature to make ethical, evidence-based conclusions and decisions.
  • Use current information technologies to locate and apply evidence-based guidelines and protocols.
  • Apply critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication and documentation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural competence/sensitivity.
  • Describe basic concepts of nutritional genomics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and how it is used to generate knowledge in nutrition science.
  • Understand basic concepts of statistical analysis.