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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 six options: dietetics, nutritional sciences, nutrition and health, teaching certification, nutrition honors, and international nutrition. All options include a prescribed 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 in this chapter in the section "Dean's Scholars Honors Options."

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.

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.

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Prescribed Work Common to All Options

  1. Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K. In addition, in taking courses to fulfill other degree requirements, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. If the writing requirement is not fulfilled by courses specified for the degree, the student must fulfill it either with electives or with coursework taken in addition to the number of hours required for the degree. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  2. Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency.
  3. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
  4. Six semester hours of American history.
  5. Three semester hours in architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.
  6. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework, of which at least twenty-four must be in nutrition. Eighteen hours of upper-division coursework in nutrition must be completed in residence at the University.

Additional Prescribed Work for Each Option

Option I: Dietetics

Students in dietetics may select either the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD). Students who complete the DPD with at least four upper-division nutrition courses completed in residence will receive a Verification Statement that qualifies them to apply for an accredited dietetic internship. DPD graduates who complete a dietetic internship may become active members of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and are eligible to write the examination to become a registered dietitian.

Students interested in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics must apply for admission after completing sixty semester hours of prerequisite coursework. Information about admission is given earlier in this chapter. Upon completing the CPD, which includes approximately one thousand hours of supervised practice, graduates immediately qualify for active membership in the ADA and to write the examination to become a registered dietitian.

Students who are admitted to the CPD should consult the faculty adviser each semester regarding order and choice of work. During the fourth year, the following courses must be taken in the indicated term: fall semester: Nutrition 245C; spring semester: Nutrition 772C, 572F, 373S; summer session: Nutrition 274C and 174P. Because these courses are taught only once a year, a student who does not take them at the indicated time may be unable to complete the program.

  1. At least six semester hours chosen from Psychology 301, Sociology 302, Anthropology 302, Economics 304K, 304L, and Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L.
  2. Mathematics 408K or 408C.
  3. Three semester hours of statistics chosen from Biology 318M, Educational Psychology 371, and Mathematics 316.
  4. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 310M, and either 369 or both 339K and 339L.
  5. Biology 311C, 416K or 365R, and 416L or 365S.
  6. Accounting 310F or 311.
  7. Twenty-one semester hours of core coursework in nutrition: Nutrition 307, 107L, 311, 111L, 326, 126L, 338W, 342, and 365 (Topic 1: Vitamins and Minerals, Topic 2: Nutrition and Genes, or Topic 3: Epidemiological and Statistical Methods in Nutrition). Students in the CPD must complete Nutrition 371 instead of 365.
  8. At least twenty-eight additional semester hours in nutrition, consisting of the following:
    1. Behavioral and clinical nutrition:
      1. CPD: Nutrition 315, 318, 330, 332, and 370.
      2. DPD: Nutrition 315, 318, 332, 370, and six semester hours chosen from Nutrition 330, 371, and either 360 (Topic 1: Nutrition and Athletic Performance) or 365 (Topic 2: Nutrition and Genes).
    2. Food systems management: Nutrition 334, 234L, and 355M.
    3. Research:
      1. CPD: Nutrition 373S.
      2. DPD: One of the following: Nutrition 324 and 124L, 355, 366L, or 379H. With the approval of the faculty undergraduate adviser, DPD students may count Nutrition 352 toward this requirement.
    4. Professional development: Nutrition 245C or 162. Students in the CPD must select Nutrition 245C.
  9. Students in the CPD must complete an additional fifteen semester hours of supervised practice: Nutrition 772C, 572F, 274C, and 174P.
  10. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option II: Nutritional Sciences

  1. At least six semester hours chosen from Psychology 301, Sociology 302, Anthropology 302, Economics 304K, 304L, and Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L.
  2. Mathematics 408K or 408C.
  3. Three semester hours of statistics chosen from Biology 318M, Educational Psychology 371, and Mathematics 316.
  4. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 210C, 310M, 310N, and either 369 or both 339K and 339L.
  5. Biology 311C, 311D, 416K or 365R, 416L or 365S, and 325.
  6. One of the following four-semester-hour sequences: Physics 301 and 101L, 302K and 102M, 303K and 103M, or 317K and 117M.
  7. Twenty-one semester hours of core coursework in nutrition: Nutrition 307, 107L, 311, 111L, 326, 126L, 338W, 342, and 365 (Topic 1: Vitamins and Minerals, Topic 2: Nutrition and Genes, or Topic 3: Epidemiological and Statistical Methods in Nutrition). Students may substitute either Chemistry 455 or Biology 126L and 226R for Nutrition 307 and 107L.
  8. Twelve additional semester hours of nutrition, including the following:
    1. Nutritional sciences: Nutrition 365 or 371. The same topic of Nutrition 365 may not be counted both toward this requirement and toward requirement 13.
    2. Behavioral and clinical nutrition: Nutrition 315, 318, 330, 332, 360, or 370.
    3. Research: Three semester hours of coursework chosen from Nutrition 366L, Biology 325L, 331L, and Chemistry 369L.
  9. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option III: Nutrition and Health

  1. At least six semester hours chosen from Psychology 301, Sociology 302, Anthropology 302, Economics 304K, 304L, and Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L.
  2. Mathematics 408K or 408C.
  3. Three semester hours of statistics chosen from Biology 318M, Educational Psychology 371, and Mathematics 316.
  4. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 310M, and either 369 or both 339K and 339L.
  5. Biology 311C, 416K or 365R, and 416L or 365S.
  6. Twenty-one semester hours of core coursework in nutrition: Nutrition 307, 107L, 311, 111L, 326, 126L, 338W, 342, and 365 (Topic 1: Vitamins and Minerals, Topic 2: Nutrition and Genes, or Topic 3: Epidemiological and Statistical Methods in Nutrition). Students may substitute either Chemistry 455 or Biology 126L and 226R for Nutrition 307 and 107L.
  7. Eighteen additional semester hours of nutrition, including the following:
    1. Behavioral and clinical nutrition: Six hours chosen from Nutrition 315, 318, 330, 332, 360, 370, and 371.
    2. Research: Nutrition 324 and 124L, 355, 366L, or 379H. With departmental approval, students in option III may substitute Nutrition 352.
  8. One of the following specialization sequences, with at least six hours of upper-division coursework:
    1. Business: Nutrition 334 and 234L, and fifteen hours chosen from Accounting 310F or 311, Advertising 305 or 318J, Communication Studies 312C or 317M, 316L, 352, 356M, Finance 320F, Human Development and Family Sciences 322, Legal Environment of Business 320F, Management 320F, 325, Management Information Systems 311F, Marketing 320F, and Nutrition 355M.
    2. Communication: Nutrition 316 and 330, Communication Studies 314L and 332K, and six hours chosen from Human Development and Family Sciences 304, Communication Studies 310K, 312C, 313M, 316L, 342K, 348K, 353, 367 (Topic: Health Communication and the Media), Journalism 315, and Psychology 350.
    3. Computer science: Nutrition 334 and 234L, and fifteen hours chosen from Computer Sciences 303E, 313E, 323E, 324E, 326E, 327E, Science, Technology, and Society 311 (Topic: Information in Cyberspace), 311 (Topic: Introduction to Web Development), 321, and 331.
    4. Exercise and fitness: Nutrition 360 (Topic 1: Nutrition and Athletic Performance) and fifteen hours chosen from Kinesiology 310, 311K, 315, 321M, 325K, 326K, 333, 352K (Topic 2: Physiological Basis of Conditioning), 352K (Topic 4: Management of Sport and Health Promotion Programs), 352K (Topic 7: Psychosocial Issues in Women's Health), 352K (Topic 12: Techniques of Fitness Leadership), 352K (Topic 14: Techniques of Health Promotion), 352K (Topic 16: Psychosocial Issues in Adult Development and Health), 352K (Topic 17: Psychological Aspects of Exercise), 367, 370K (Topic 2: Introduction of Health Promotion), 370K (Topic 3: Adolescent Health Risk Behavior), 377, and Sociology 354K.
    5. Nutritional science and behavior: Nutrition 318 and 330, and fifteen hours chosen from Biology 349, 359K, 365L, 365N, 365T, 365W, Psychology 333T, 343K, 350, 352, and 353K. In fulfilling requirement 7 above, students in the nutritional science and behavior sequence must select Psychology 301. In fulfilling requirement 11, they must select Biology 365R and 365S; they must also complete Biology 311C and 311D.
  9. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.
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Option IV: Teaching

This option is designed to fulfill the course requirements for certification as a middle grades or secondary school teacher in Texas, but completion of the course requirements does not guarantee the student's certification. For information about additional requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

  1. At least six semester hours chosen from Psychology 301, Sociology 302, Anthropology 302, Economics 304K, 304L, and Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L.
  2. Mathematics 408K or 408C.
  3. Three semester hours of statistics chosen from Biology 318M, Educational Psychology 371, and Mathematics 316.
  4. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 310M, and either 369 or both 339K and 339L.
  5. Biology 311C, 311D, 416K or 365R, and 416L or 365S.
  6. For students with biological sciences as the primary teaching area, Biology 325; for students with chemistry as the primary teaching area, Chemistry 210C, 310N, and 455.
  7. History 329U or Philosophy 329U.
  8. An eight-semester-hour sequence of coursework in physics chosen from the following: Physics 301, 101L, 316, and 116L; 302K, 102M, 302L, and 102N; 303K, 103M, 303L, and 103N; or 317K, 117M, 317L, and 117N.
  9. Six semester hours of coursework in geological sciences; courses intended for nonscience majors may not be counted toward this requirement.
  10. Twenty-one semester hours of core coursework in nutrition, consisting of Nutrition 307, 107L, 311, 111L, 326, 126L, 338W, 342, and 365 (Topic 1: Vitamins and Minerals, Topic 2: Nutrition and Genes, or Topic 3: Epidemiological and Statistical Methods in Nutrition).
  11. Six semester hours in addition to the core coursework, consisting of one of the following research courses: Nutrition 366L, Biology 337 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach), Chemistry 368 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach), or Physics 341 (Topic: Research Methods—UTeach); and three additional hours in nutrition.
  12. Eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework: Curriculum and Instruction 650S, UTeach-Natural Sciences 101, 110, 350, 355, 360, and 170.
  13. Students seeking middle grades certification must complete the following courses: Educational Psychology 363M (Topic 3: Adolescent Development) or Psychology 301 and 304; and Curriculum and Instruction 371 (Topic 10: Secondary School Reading in the Content Subjects).
  14. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.

Option V: Nutrition Honors

  1. Breadth requirement: An honors mathematics course; Biology 315H and 325H; Chemistry 301H and 302H; and either a three-semester-hour honors-designated computer sciences course or Physics 30l, 316, or 315.
  2. At least three semester hours chosen from Psychology 301, Sociology 302, Anthropology 302, Economics 304K, 304L, and Human Development and Family Sciences 313 and 113L.
  3. Chemistry 310M and 310N, and either 369 or both 339K and 339L.
  4. Biology 365R and 365S.
  5. Nutrition 311, 111L, 326 or 365, and 126L.
  6. Nutrition 365 (Topic 1: Vitamins and Minerals), 366L, and twelve additional semester hours of nutrition or related coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  7. Natural Sciences 301C.
  8. A section of Rhetoric and Writing 309S that is restricted to Dean's Scholars.
  9. Nutrition 379H and a three-semester-hour upper-division research course approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  10. Twelve semester hours of additional coursework approved by the departmental honors adviser.
  11. Six semester hours of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Fine Arts.
  12. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours.

Option VI: International Nutrition

Students in this option must participate for one semester or summer session in a study abroad 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 2.50. 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 adviser. A list of other study abroad opportunities in nutrition is maintained in the main office of the Department of Human Ecology.

  1. 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.
  2. Six semester hours chosen from the following: Geography 339K, 357, Mexican American Studies 307, 318, Sociology 335, 354K.
  3. Fourth-semester-level proficiency in Spanish or in a foreign language selected based on the student's proposed area of study abroad.
  4. Mathematics 408K or 408C.
  5. Three semester hours of statistics chosen from Biology 318M, Educational Psychology 371, and Mathematics 316.
  6. Chemistry 301, 302, 204, 210C, 310M, 310N, and either 369 or both 339K and 339L.
  7. Biology 311C, 311D, 416K or 365R, 416L or 365S, 226N, and 126L.
  8. 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), and 360 (Topic: International Nutrition: Social and Environmental Policies).
  9. At least ten additional semester hours of nutrition, including the following: Nutrition 316, 116L, and either 318 or 332.
  10. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 126 semester hours.
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Special Requirements

The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given in chapter 1 and the college requirements given in this chapter. He or she must also make a grade of at least C in each course completed at the University and counted toward the prescribed work for the degree.

To graduate and be recommended for certification, students who follow the teaching option must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50. They must earn a grade of at least C in each of the professional development courses listed in requirement 18 and must pass the final teaching portfolio review; those seeking middle grades certification must also earn a grade of at least C in each of the courses listed in requirement 19. For information about the portfolio review and additional teacher certification requirements, consult the UTeach-Natural Sciences academic adviser.

To graduate under option V, students must earn grades of A in the departmental research and thesis courses described in requirement 15 above and must present their research in an approved public forum, such as the annual College of Natural Sciences Poster Session. Students must also have a grade point average at graduation of at least 3.50 in coursework taken in residence at the University. Students who fail to maintain an in-residence grade point average of at least 3.25 will usually be academically dismissed from option V; under special circumstances and at the discretion of the departmental honors adviser, a student may be allowed to continue under academic review.

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