Undergraduate Courses

Projected Undergraduate Schedule 

NUTR 2100   PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION   3.0
Principles of Nutrition.
Prerequisites: None.
The course is designed to provide undergraduate students with a basic knowledge of nutrients and energy, and the scientific basis of nutrient requirements. The course will also provide students with information on nutrient associations with disease and principles for applying scientific nutrition principles to contemporary nutrition issues.

NUTR 3010   INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH   3.0
Introduction to Research.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.
The course is designed to introduce students to the elements of research design and evidence‑based practice and to gain competence in the evaluation of research as well as the application of some of the conceptual elements of research problem development and the design of reasonable research approaches.  Main outcome is to enable students to become critical consumers of the professional literature. Class discussions, student assignments, guest lectures, and library visits are used throughout the course to enrich the learning experience of students.

NUTR 3105   LIFE CYCLE NUTRITION   3.0
Normal Nutrition through the Life Cycle.
Prerequisites: NUTR 2100 or consent of the instructor.
This course includes nutrition assessment, physical growth and development, and the physiological basis for nutrient needs in pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence.  Age specific dietary recommendations for optimal health and disease prevention are components of this course.

NUTR 3150   FOOD SCIENCE   3.0
Food Science.
Prerequisites: CHEM 1211K, NUTR 2100.
Course covers an overview of food categories and their basic characteristics and properties; sensory responses to food/flavor quality;  food processing,  preparation, and  safety; and functional and non-functional ingredients

NUTR 3500   MACRO   3.0
Macronutrient Nutrition.
Prerequisite:  NUTR 2100, CHEM 1211K, CHEM 1212K, CHEM 2400K, or consent of instructor
Course covers the digestion, absorption, biochemical functions, and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and protein. Emphasis is placed on the role of macronutrients in human nutrition.

NUTR 3700   MICRO   3.0
Micronutrient Nutrition.
Prerequisites: NUTR 2100, CHEM 1211K, CHEM 1212K, CHEM 2400K, or consent of instructor Course covers the digestion, absorption, biochemical functions, and metabolism of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. Emphasis is placed on the role of micronutrients in human nutrition.

NUTR 3800   INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION   3.0
International Nutrition.
Prerequisite: NUTR 2100 or Permission of Instructor.
The course will provide the student with the opportunity to understand major issues in international nutrition that influence health, survival, and development capacity of people living in developing societies and various approaches to improving nutritional well‑being of those populations.

NUTR 3810   INTERPRETATION LAB VALUES   3.0
Interpretation of Clinical Laboratory Values for Health Professionals.
Prerequisites: Inorganic chemistry with lab, organic chemistry with lab, AND EITHER human physiology OR biochemistry.
The course will provide the student with the opportunity to understand the interrelationships between clinical laboratory test results and the disease process occurring in the patient.  Laboratory values from hematology, clinical chemistry and urinalysis, and microbiology/immunology will be interpreted for infectious diseases, liver diseases, kidney diseases, hematologic disorders, and metabolic disorders.   Appropriate case studies will be used to illustrate clinical significance.

NUTR 4100   ENERGY, METABOLISM AND OBESITY   3.0
Energy, Metabolism and Obesity. Prerequisite NUTR 3500.
This course covers the external and internal factors that regulate energy metabolism leading to obesity. Some topics include how the body senses hunger, the body’s capacity to store or utilize energy, the body’s response to nutrients, and how circulating factors affect the function of metabolically important tissues. This course also examines how body weight is controlled and the link between obesity and metabolic disease.

NUTR 4105   GERIATRIC NUTRITION   3.0
Geriatric Nutrition. Prerequisite: NUTR 2100.
A systems approach is used to discuss macro‑nutrient requirements in human aging.  Topics covered include nutrition assessment, nutrition in chronic disease management, health promotion and disease prevention, food intake patterns, and federal and state nutrition services for older adults.

NUTR 4108   NUTRITION ASSESSMENT   3.0
Nutrition Assessment
Prerequisite: NUTR 3500 and NUTR 3700, NUTR 4200 or consent of the instructor.
This course covers the indirect and direct methods used in the assessment of nutrition status. Both traditional and new methods of assessment are discussed, including anthropometric techniques, nutrition history screens, soft tissue assessment, biochemical assessment, dietary survey techniques, and demographic assessment.

NUTR 4200   NUTR DISEASE   3.0
Nutrition and Disease
Prerequisites: NUTR 3500.
This course introduces students to the role of nutrition in the prevention and management of diseases and conditions related to the gastrointestinal tract and ancillary organs, cardiovascular system, the kidneys, and pulmonary function. Anemias, metabolic disorders, inflammation, and osteoporosis are also reviewed.

NUTR 4280   NUTR GENOMICS      3.0
Nutritional Genomics
Prerequisites: NUTR 3500 and NUTR 3700.
Course covers how nutrients affect gene expression, how nutrients and genes interact, how nutrients affect the process of select diseases, and epigenomics (alteration of gene expression without genetic change).

NUTR 4400   NUTRITION INTERVENTION    3.0
Nutrition Intervention.
Prerequisites: NUTR 2100, NUTR 3105, NUTR 4200.
This course focuses on community assessment and design, implementation, and evaluation of community‑based nutrition interventions for specific target groups.

NUTR 4950   SENIOR SEMINAR‑ CTW   3.0
Senior Seminar.
Prerequisite:  NUTR 4200 and NUTR 3010 or SNHP 3500.
Students select a nutrition-related topic and utilize research, critical thinking, and written and oral communication skills to develop a written paper on the topic. The course focuses on the scientific basis of the nutrition and includes research methodology, interpretation of research literature, and the integration of research principles into evidence‑based practice.  Serves as the Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) courses required of all Nutrition Science majors.

NUTR 4955   NUTR FOOD POL   3.0
Nutrition and Food Policy
Prerequisites: NUTR 2100 and NUTR 3105 or consent of instructor.
This course focuses on the policy making process at the federal and state levels and the process of program planning and evaluation, as related to food and nutrition programs. The course also reviews public health policy approaches to healthy nutrition and physical activity promotion and issues in physical activity measurement.

NUTR 4920   SUPPLEMENTS AND ATHLETICS   3.0
Nutrition, Supplements and Athletic Performance
Prerequisites:  NUTR 2100
This course covers the myths and truths about the use of supplements for enhancing athletic performance and body composition. In this course, peer-reviewed literature will be used to determine whether supplements and/or nutraceuticals have any effect on endurance or strength performance or alterations in muscle mass or adiposity.

NUTR 4960   NUTRI & PHYSICAL FITNESS   3.0
Nutrition and Physical Fitness. Prerequisites: NUTR 2100 or consent of instructor.
This course is directed toward the specific roles of energy and nutrients in physical performance.  Topics include faddism, quackery, and common myths associated with nutritional management of the athlete. Appropriate strategies for weight change, unique dietary concerns for the female, endurance and vegetarian athletes, the pre‑game meal, and the interrelationships among nutrition, physical activity and cardiovascular health are also explored.

NUTR 4970   COMMUNICATING NUTRITION SCIENCE TO THE PUBLIC 3.0
Nutrition and the Media.
Prerequisites: NUTR 2100 or consent of instructor.
This interactive course is designed to give students a hands-on experience with nutrition and health communications. Students will evaluate and create nutrition and health messaging for target audiences across traditional, digital and social media formats, plan and practice media interviews, and write feature articles for web and print publications.

NUTR 4990   ENTREPRENEURIAL NUTRITION   3.0
Entrepreneurial Nutrition.
Prerequisite: NUTR 2100 or consent of instructor.
Students learn successful techniques of entrepreneurship in dietetics and formulate business plans for development of private practice in dietetics.

NUTR 4999   NUTRITION PROJECT   1.0 to 6.0
Nutrition Project.
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
This course includes supervised independent study in an area of special interest to the student.