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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADDITION OF AN INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION OPTION
TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008



Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council proposed addition of an international nutrition option to the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the college approved the changes on June 22, 2005. The dean approved the proposed changes on December 1, 2005, and submitted them to the secretary on December 12, 2005. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on March 13, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on March 30, 2006. The committee returned the legislation to the college on April 10, 2006. The College of Natural Sciences reworded the changes and returned them to the committee on April 12, 2006. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on May 1, 2006, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on May 8, 2006.

Greninger signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on May 1, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

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ADDITION OF AN INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION OPTION
TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2006-2008



On pages 444-445, under the heading DEGREES, in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION

Nutrition is an integrative science with the overall objective of improving the health and well-being of individuals and groups. Nutritional inquiry encompasses not only the roles of electrons, atoms, molecules, genes, cells, organs, and complex organisms in biological life processes, but also the links between life science and health, behavior, education, population, culture, and economics. The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree program includes [five] six options: dietetics, nutritional sciences, nutrition and health, teaching certification, [and] nutrition honors, and international nutrition. All options include a prescribed common core of science and nutrition courses and additional coursework in the area of specialization. Admission to option V, nutrition honors, requires completion of the application process described on page 418.

For students pursuing careers in dietetics, courses in behavioral and clinical nutrition and food systems management provide the academic preparation required for dietetics practice. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) meets the coursework requirements that qualify graduates to apply to a dietetic internship. The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) includes both the coursework and the supervised practice necessary to be eligible to write the examination to become a registered dietitian. The DPD and CPD are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago IL 60606, (312) 899-0040.

The nutritional sciences option requires courses in science and research in order to prepare students for graduate study or professional school. Graduates may seek employment in private or publicly funded research programs or, upon completion of graduate study, may engage in college or university teaching or nutrition research. This option also allows students to fulfill requirements for postgraduate study in medicine, dentistry, and other health professions.

The nutrition and health option gives students flexibility to combine the study of nutrition with coursework in another area of interest. Additional courses in a specialization may enhance nutrition-related career opportunities; however, this option does not lead to dietetic registration. Students who select the business sequence can earn a Business Foundations Certificate and seek employment in areas such as sales and customer support in the food industry. The communication sequence provides training in public speaking and writing for the lay public along with study of the role culture plays in these areas. The computer science sequence can lead to an Elements of Computing Certificate and provide skills for future employment opportunities combining technology with nutrition. Students who are interested in the range of factors influencing health may choose the exercise and fitness sequence. The nutritional science and behavior sequence provides a scientific background for understanding eating behavior.

The teaching option allows students to meet the state certification requirements to teach composite science in secondary and/or middle grades. There is no certification for teaching nutrition or health in Texas public schools.

The honors option is a selective program; admission into the option and continuation in it require the approval of the departmental honors adviser. In addition to a core of research, writing, and seminar courses in the College of Natural Sciences, students in the honors option consult with the departmental honors adviser to develop a coherent individual program of rigorous and challenging courses from across the University.

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Students in the international nutrition option gain first-hand knowledge of nutrition issues in other countries through a study abroad experience.  Students combine the study of nutrition with a broad range of courses to prepare for experience studying and practicing nutrition in another culture.

PRESCRIBED WORK COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS

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ADDITIONAL PRESCRIBED WORK FOR EACH OPTION

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OPTION VI: INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION

Students in this option must participate for one semester or summer session in a study aboard program in nutrition offered by the University to which students must make a separate study abroad application. Admission to the study abroad program is competitive and requires a University grade point average of at least 2.5. The study abroad program requires travel and program fees, in addition to regular tuition. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

During the study abroad experience, students complete Nutrition 352 (Topic: International Field Experience in Nutrition). Additional coursework in nutrition or in the language, culture or history of the country may be available during the international study experience. All study abroad programs in Nutrition must be approved in advance by the international nutrition faculty advisor. A list of other study abroad opportunities in Nutrition is maintained in main office of the Department of Human Ecology.

7. Economics 304K or 304L, and at least three semester hours chosen from Psychology 301, Sociology 302, Anthropology 302, and Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L.

8. Six semester hours chosen from the following: Geography 339K, 357, Mexican American Studies 307, 318, Sociology 335, 354K.

9. Fourth-semester-level proficiency Spanish or in a foreign language selected based on the student’s proposed area of study abroad.

10. Mathematics 408K or 408C.

11. Three semester hours of statistics chosen from Biology 318M, Educational Psychology 371, and Mathematics 316.

12. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 210C, 310M, 310N, and either 369 or both 339K and 339L.

13. Biology 311C, 311D, 416K or 365R, 416L or 365S, 226N, and 126.

14. Twenty-seven semester hours of core coursework in nutrition: Nutrition 307, 107L, 311, 111L, 326, 126L, 338W, 342, 352 (Topic: International Field Experience in Nutrition), 360 (Topic 2: International Nutrition), 360 (Topic: International Nutrition: Social and Environmental Policies).

15. At least ten additional semester hours of nutrition, including the following: Nutrition 316, 116L, and either 318 or 332.

16. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.


RATIONALE: An International Nutrition option will prepare students who are seeking to focus their education on the global dimensions of nutrition. This major will provide students with a solid basic nutrition education, with the added knowledge of the international dimensions of nutrition, specialization in a major world region a second language, and direct international experience.  The support courses in Anthropology, Geography, Mexican American Studies and Sociology provide further international grounding.