BS in Nutritional Science

The nutritional science program has three curricular options, each of which provide a broad background in the biological, chemical, and nutritional sciences. Students take core courses in the sciences during the first two years of the program in addition to courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  1. The nutritional science option provides academic preparation for those students who intend to go to graduate school in any of the life sciences, pursue medical or other professional studies, or seek employment in biomedical sciences, nutrition, or public health.
  2. The nutrition and health option is for students interested in pursuing careers in areas such as nutrition and public health, communications, or business. The curriculum includes courses in basic science, nutrition, and food, along with courses in an area of focus.
  3. The dietetics option focuses on professional practice and prepares students for careers in clinical nutrition, management, public health, research, and industry. Students who graduate with this option will have completed the Boston University Didactic Program in Dietetics (BUDPD). They will be eligible to participate in the national computer matching process for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) accredited dietetic internships. Successful completion of a dietetic internship is required prior to taking the AND national registration exam.

The BUDPD is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the AND, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.

The mission of the BUDPD is to teach and apply knowledge in food, nutrition, and dietetics. The BUDPD strives to create an environment that fosters the critical thinking skills, communication skills, and commitment to lifelong learning necessary for graduates to provide the highest quality of food and nutrition services. The goals of the BUDPD are to prepare graduates to enter a dietetic internship, a graduate program, or the job market, and to encourage students to engage in lifelong learning.

Degree Requirements

Nutritional Science Option

The minimum requirements to enter the junior year are 66 credits and completion of the required courses specified in the freshman and sophomore curricula with a GPA of 2.0 or better. The minimum credit requirement for matriculation in the senior year is 98. In addition, students must have completed all required courses specified in the junior year curriculum with a minimum GPA of 2.0. A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation. Completion of all required senior year courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be achieved for graduation. The GPA must represent a record that contains no more than 12 credits of D grades. A student may repeat a course only once to meet the requirement. To be accepted for external transfer, a course must be approved by the faculty and completed with a minimum grade of C.

Nutrition and Health Option

The minimum requirements to enter the junior year are 66 credits and completion of the required courses specified in the freshman and sophomore curricula with a GPA of 2.0 or better. The minimum credit requirement for matriculation in the senior year is 98. In addition, students must have completed all required courses specified in the junior year curriculum with a minimum GPA of 2.0. A minimum of 128 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 are both required for graduation. The GPA must represent a record that contains no more than 12 credits of D grades. A student may repeat a course only once to meet the requirement. To be accepted for external transfer, a course must be approved by the faculty and completed with a minimum grade of C.

Dietetics Option

The minimum requirements to enter the junior year are 68 credits and completion of the required courses specified in the freshman and sophomore curricula. A student must obtain an average grade of C+ (2.3) in four specific courses (CAS BI 107, CAS BI 108, CAS CH 171, and CAS CH 174) in order to enter the junior year in the dietetics option. (Grades in CH 101/102 will be substituted for the grade in CH 171 and grades in CH 203/204 will be substituted for the grade in CH 174, if appropriate.)

Students must complete all required courses specified in the junior year curriculum with a minimum GPA of 2.0. A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation. Completion of all required senior year courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be achieved for graduation. The GPA must represent a record that contains no more than 12 credits of D grades. A student may repeat a course only once to meet the requirement. For students in the dietetics option, all required DPD food and nutrition courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C–. Courses can only be repeated once to meet this requirement. To be accepted for external transfer, a course must be approved by the faculty and completed with a minimum grade of C.

Curriculum

Each course carries 4 credits unless otherwise indicated.

Nutritional Science Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • SAR HP 150 Freshman Year Experience (0 cr)
  • SAR HP 151 Introduction to Health Professions (2 cr)
  • CAS CH 101 General Chemistry
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar
  • CAS BI 107 Biology I
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology

Second Semester

  • CAS CH 102 General Chemistry
  • CAS CS 101 Introduction to Computers
  • CAS BI 108 Biology II
  • CAS WR 150 Writing & Research Seminar

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • CAS BI 203 Cell Biology
  • CAS CH 203 Organic Chemistry
  • CAS MA 121 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I
  • CAS MA 115 Statistics I

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 315 Systems Physiology
  • CAS CH 204 Organic Chemistry
  • CAS MA 122 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences II
  • CAS MA 116 Statistics II

Junior Year

First Semester

  • CAS CH 273 Principles of Biochemistry
  • CAS PY 105 Elementary Physics
  • SAR HS 251 Human Nutrition Science
  • Elective

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 114 Human Infectious Diseases
  • CAS PY 106 Elementary Physics
  • SAR HS 281 Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
  • SAR HS 230 Food Science

Senior Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 384 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • SPH SB 710 (or suitable course at SPH)
  • SAR HS 467 Nutrition Research (2 cr)
  • CAS PH 251 Medical Ethics
  • SAR HS 415 Undergraduate Nutrition Practicum (2 cr)*

Second Semester

  • SAR HP 353 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the U.S.
  • SAR HS 385 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • Elective (6–10 cr)

*Application required

Nutrition and Health Sequence/Public Health Focus

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • CAS BI 107 Biology I
  • CAS CH 171 Life Science Chemistry I
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar
  • CAS MA 115 Statistics I
  • SAR HP 150/151 (2 cr)*

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 108 Biology II
  • CAS CH 174 Organic Chemistry
  • CAS WR 150 Writing & Research Seminar
  • CAS MA 116 Statistics II

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 251 Nutrition Science
  • CAS BI 211 Human Physiology
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology
  • Elective

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 114 Human Infectious Diseases
  • SAR HS 281 Life Cycle Nutrition
  • SAR HS 230 Food Science
  • SPH PH 510 Intro to Public Health

Junior Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 366 Community Nutrition
  • SAR HS 300 Epidemiology
  • SMG SM 131 Business, Society & Ethics
  • SMG FE 101 Introduction to Finance (2 cr)
  • Public Health Coursework

Second Semester

  • SAR HP 395 Food, Supplements & Health
  • SPH SB 721 Social and Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 cr)
  • Public Health Coursework
  • Elective

Senior Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 415 Nutrition Practicum (2 cr)
  • SAR HS 397 Nutrition and Chronic Diseases
  • SAR HP 353 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the U.S.
  • Elective

Second Semester

  • SAR HS 396 Dietary Interventions and Public Health
  • Electives (11 cr)

*Application required

Nutrition and Health Sequence/Communication Focus

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • CAS BI 107 Biology I
  • CAS CH 171 Life Science Chemistry I
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar
  • CAS MA 115 Statistics I
  • SAR HP 150/151 (2 cr)*

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 108 Biology II
  • CAS CH 174 Organic Chemistry
  • CAS WR 150 Writing & Research Seminar
  • CAS MA 116 Statistics II

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 251 Nutrition Science
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology
  • CAS BI 211 Human Physiology
  • COM CO 201 Introduction to Communication Writing

Second Semester

  • SAR HS 281 Life Cycle Nutrition
  • SAR HS 230 Food Science
  • CAS BI 114 Human Infectious Diseases
  • Elective

Junior Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 366 Community Nutrition
  • COM Coursework
  • Electives (8 cr)

Second Semester

  • SAR HP 395 Food, Supplements & Health
  • SAR HS 300 Epidemiology
  • COM Coursework
  • Elective

Senior Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 415 Nutrition Practicum (2 cr)
  • SAR HS 397 Nutrition & Chronic Diseases
  • SPH SB 721 Social and Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 cr)
  • COM Coursework
  • Elective

Second Semester

  • SAR HS 396 Dietary Interventions and Public Health
  • SAR HP 353 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the U.S.
  • COM Coursework
  • Elective

*Application required

Dietetics Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • SAR HP 150 Freshman Year Experience (0 cr)
  • SAR HP 151 Introduction to Health Professions (2 cr)
  • CAS BI 107 Biology I
  • CAS CH 171 Principles of General Chemistry
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 108 Biology II
  • CAS CH 174 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • CAS WR 150 Writing & Research Seminar
  • Elective

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • SMG SM 131 Business, Society & Ethics
  • SMG FE 101 Introduction to Finance (2 cr)
  • CAS BI 211 Human Physiology
  • CAS MA 115 Statistics I
  • SAR HS 251 Human Nutrition Science

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 114 Human Infectious Diseases
  • SAR HS 281 Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
  • SAR HS 230 Food Science
  • CAS MA 116 Statistics II

Junior Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 366 Community Nutrition
  • SAR HS 384 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • CAS CH 273 Principles of Biochemistry
  • Elective

Second Semester

  • SAR HS 310 Management of Food Service Systems
  • SAR HS 385 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • SAR HP 353 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the U.S.
  • SPH SB 721 Behavioral Science and Public Health (3 cr)

Senior Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 486 Applied Nutrition Care
  • SAR HS 488 Applied Nutrition Counseling (2 cr)
  • SAR HS 420 Applications of Food Service Management
  • SAR HS 467 Nutrition Research (2 cr)
  • CAS PH 251 Medical Ethics
  • SAR HS 415 Undergraduate Nutrition Practicum (2 cr)*

Second Semester

  • SAR HS 342 Exercise Physiology
  • Electives (7–14 cr)

* Application required