BS in Nutrition

The Nutrition 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 nutrition combined with other specialty areas such as public/global health or mass communications. The curriculum includes courses in basic science, nutrition, and food, along with courses in an area of specialization.
  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 Boston University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). They will be eligible to participate in the national computer matching process for Accreditation Council on Education for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited dietetic internship programs. Successful completion of the dietetic internship is required prior to taking the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) national registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

The Boston University DPD 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 Boston University DPD is to establish a learning environment that promotes the acquisition of knowledge, critical thinking skills, and effective communication to prepare students to enter supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

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.

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.

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) for four specific gateway courses (CAS BI 107, CAS BI 108, CAS CH 171, and CAS CH 174), as well as a minimum grade of B– in SAR HS 251 Human Nutrition Science 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.) If a C+ average is not obtained, a student can only repeat a course once. An average of the two grades will be used to determine if the gateway criteria are met. If any equivalents of the four courses (CAS BI 107, CAS BI 108, CAS CH 171, and CAS CH 174 or SAR HS 251) are taken outside of Boston University, they must be taken at a two- or four-year college or university. They must also be reviewed and approved by the director of the nutrition program and CAS before they can be used to meet the criteria stated above.

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 graduation requirements must be met in order to receive  an ACEND Verification Statement documenting completion of the DPD coursework. Courses can only be repeated once to meet this requirement and if a course is repeated, both grades are used to calculate the course grade.

Curriculum

Each course carries 4 credits unless otherwise indicated.

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 373 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 PH 510 Introduction to Public Health
  • 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 US
  • SAR HS 385 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • Elective (6+ cr)

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • CAS BI 105 or BI 107 Biology I
  • CAS CH 171 Life Science Chemistry I
  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar
  • CAS MA 115 Statistics I
  • SAR HP 150 (0 cr)
  • SAR HP 151 (2 cr)

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 106 Human Anatomy or BI 108 Biology II
  • CAS CH 172 or 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
  • Concentration course “Introductory level”

Second Semester

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

Junior Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 366 Community Nutrition
  • SAR HS 300 Epidemiology
  • QST SM 101 Introduction to Business
  • SAR HS 397 Nutrition & Chronic Disease

Second Semester

  • SAR HS 395 Food, Supplements & Health
  • SPH PH 510 Essentials of Public Health
  • Concentration course “Intermediate level”
  • Elective

Senior Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 415 Nutrition Practicum (2 cr)
  • SAR HS 396 Dietary Interventions & Public Health
  • SAR HP 353 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the US
  • Concentration course “Intermediate/advanced level”

Second Semester

  • Concentration course “Advanced level”
  • Electives (12+ cr)

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

  • QST SM 101 Introduction to Business
  • 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 373 Principles of Biochemistry
  • Elective

Second Semester

  • SAR HS 310 Managing Food and Nutrition Services
  • SAR HS 385 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • SAR HP 353 Organization and Delivery of Health Care in the US
  • SPH PH 510 Essentials of Public Health

Senior Year

First Semester

  • SAR HS 486 Applied Nutrition Care
  • SAR HS 488 Applied Nutrition Counseling (2 cr)
  • SAR HS 467 Nutrition Research (2 cr)
  • SAR HS 415 Undergraduate Nutrition Practicum (2 cr)
  • CAS PH 251 Medical Ethics
  • Elective (4 cr)

Second Semester

  • SAR HS 342 Exercise Physiology
  • Electives (8+ cr)