Nutrition- Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health

The Nutrition major leads to a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Health degree. Nutrition, an area of health science, studies human metabolism as it relates to nutrition. An interdisciplinary curriculum with courses in nutrition, food science, food systems management, lifestyle and health, with supporting courses in chemistry, social science and management is provided by this major. Students in this major must complete one of two concentrations, Community Nutrition or Dietetics, which fulfills the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) the accrediting body for our Didactic Dietetics Program requirements.

The Nutrition major, with a Community Nutrition concentration, allows the student to complement a foundation of nutrition, chemistry, behavior, physiology, microbiology, and statistics with course selections based on career interest. A graduate, completing this major, may choose from career opportunities in business, industry, education, or research, including medical and pharmaceutical sales, product development and marketing, and food-related businesses. This major may also be appropriate for students planning to pursue careers in health care, corporate wellness, food systems management, government food/nutrition program administration, public policy, and other allied health professions.

The Nutrition major, with a Dietetics concentration, is accredited by ACEND of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). This fulfills the didactic portion of the requirements to become a registered dietitian and a professional member of AND. To become a registered dietitian one must complete an ACEND approved clinical internship following graduation1 and pass the registration exam. Dietitians are professionally prepared to perform nutritional assessment, counseling, and education as components of preventive, curative, or restorative health. Students may opt to become a nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (NDTR) through ACEND. For more information see your advisor.

Program Requirements

(54-75 semester hours)

The Nutrition Major must complete all requirements in the Nutrition Foundation PLUS choose a concentration in either Community Nutrition or Dietetics. The Dietetics Concentration is for students interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian and a professional member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Nutrition Foundation
BIO 161Principles of Human Physiology4
CHM 141College Chemistry3
CHM 144College Chemistry Laboratory2
CHM 142College Chemistry3
CHM 145College Chemistry Laboratory2
CHM 231Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry4
CHM 332
Outlines of Biochemistry
and Outlines of Biochemistry Lab
KNH 102Fundamentals of Nutrition3
KNH 103Introduction to the Profession of Dietetics2
KNH 213Global and Community Nutrition3
KNH 304Advanced Nutrition3
MBI 111Microorganisms and Human Disease3
PSY 111
PSY 112
Introduction to Psychology
and Foundational Experiences in Psychology
or EDP 101 Psychology Of The Learner
STA 261Statistics4
Select a concentration12-32
Total Credit Hours56-76


Community Nutrition Concentration: (12-13 hours)

In addition to the Nutrition Foundation requirements, students interested in business, industry, education, research, health care, and corporate wellness, must select a minimum of 12 total hours from the options below. See your advisor for recommendations dependent upon your interests.

Select two of the following:6
Developing Solutions in Global Health
Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle
Nutrition in Disease Prevention Management
Personal Health
Public Health Communication
Nutrition for Sports and Fitness
Nutrition Across the Life Span
Public Health Planning and Evaluation
Developmental Psychology
Select two of the following:6-7
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Health Economics
Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Business Models
Physiology of Exercise and Physical Activity
and Physiology of Exercise and Physical Activity Laboratory
Exercise Prescription: Healthy Individuals & Individuals with Chronic Diseases/Disorders
Community Health Perspectives
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Management & Leadership
Human Resource Management
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Total Credit Hours12-13

Dietetics Concentration: (30-32 hours)

In addition to the Nutrition Foundation requirements, student’s planning on becoming a Registered Dietitian must also complete the following coursework. Acceptance rate of a clinical experience is dependent upon student academic performance and other experiences.

Select the following:
KNH 104Introduction to Food Science and Meal Management3
KNH 203Nutrition in Disease Prevention Management3
KNH 303Food Systems Management3
KNH 403Professional Practices in Dietetics3
KNH 404Advanced Food Science4
KNH 411Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
KNH 413Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
KNH 420GField Experience in Dietetics2-4
KNH 432Nutrition Across the Life Span3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Management & Leadership
Human Resource Management
Total Credit Hours30-32