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Nutrition, Undergraduate Minor

Application Deadlines

September 15 at 5pm
March 15 at 5pm

Minor Code: NUTR

Department: Individual, Family & Community Education
Program: Nutrition and Dietetics

Description

A minor in Nutrition consists of NUTR 244, 320, 424 and an additional 9 credit hours selected from the following: NUTR 321, 344, 345, 406, 445. Grades of C or better are required in all Nutrition courses used to meet the minor requirement. The sequence of courses for the minor contains some prerequisites including organic Chemistry (212 or 301).

The Field of Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition is the study of the nutrients in food, the chemistry and physiology of their utilization, and the relationships of foods and food nutrients to the health of the body. As a basic science, it is concerned with the functions of nutrients, the effects of nutrient deficiencies and imbalances, and the influences of alterations in nutrient intake on basic biological processes. As an applied science, nutrition is concerned with the relationships between people and their food, the practical problems of meeting nutritional requirements, detecting and alleviating malnutrition and learning the influence of disease and alterations in physiological state on nutrient needs. The practice of nutrition is applying nutritional knowledge for individual and family well-being. It involves direct efforts to improve health through nutrition counseling and nutrition education for all age groups and the provision of nutrition services in institutions and in the community.

Role of the Minor

The minor in nutrition will complement major study in basic natural sciences such as biology, chemistry and biochemistry, as well as exercise science, social sciences such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, and human geography. The minor in nutrition will also be of interest to students in pre-medical and pre-dental curricula; to students of nursing, health promotion and physical education and students in family and child studies and educational psychology. 

The minor in nutrition is not a teacher certification minor.

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