BS in Nutrition

The Nutrition program has three curricular tracks, each of which provides a broad background in the biological, chemical, and nutrition sciences. Students take core courses in the sciences during the first two years of the program in addition to humanities and social sciences courses, included in the BU Hub requirements.

  1. The nutrition science track 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 track 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 concentration.
  3. The dietetics track focuses on professional practice and prepares students for careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) in clinical nutrition, management, public health, research, and industry. Students who graduate with this track 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 supervised practice programs (e.g., dietetic internships). Successful completion of a supervised practice program 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 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.

The mission of the Boston University Programs in Nutrition, which includes the Boston University Didactic Program in Dietetics, is to establish an environment that promotes the acquisition of knowledge, critical thinking, and effective communication to prepare graduates for success in supervised practice leading to eligibility to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, or to enter into a graduate degree program, or a job in a health-related field.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will be able to recall basic food and nutrition information to design diets that reduce disease risk.
  2. Graduates will be able to describe and evaluate their experience providing nutrition care in a community setting.
  3. Graduates will be able to evaluate the quality of research articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Requirements

All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements are flexible and can be satisfied in many different ways, through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in Nutrition will ordinarily, through coursework in the major, satisfy BU Hub requirements in Quantitative Reasoning, Communication, Scientific and Social Inquiry, and some elements of the Intellectual Toolkit. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of available courses outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.

Degree Requirements

Nutrition Science Track

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. If courses are repeated, both grades are used to calculate GPA.

Nutrition and Health Track

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. If courses are repeated, both grades are used to calculate GPA.

Dietetics Track

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. If courses are repeated, both grades are used to calculate GPA. For students in the Dietetics Track, all graduation requirements must be met in order to receive an ACEND Verification Statement documenting completion of the DPD coursework.

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). (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.

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
  • First-Year Writing Seminar (e.g., CAS WR 120)
  • 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
  • Writing, Research, and Inquiry (e.g., CAS WR 150/151/152)

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • CAS BI 203 Cell Biology
  • CAS CH 203 Organic Chemistry I
  • 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 II
  • 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
  • BU Hub requirements outside the major

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 Essentials of 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
  • BU Hub requirements outside the major (6+ cr)

*Note: Course is recommended, not required.

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • CAS BI 105 or BI 107 Biology I
  • CAS CH 171 Life Science Chemistry I
  • CAS WR 120 First-Year Writing Seminar
  • CAS MA 115 Statistics I
  • SAR HP 150 Freshman Year Experience (0 cr)
  • SAR HP 151 Introduction to Health Professions (2 cr)

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 210 Human Anatomy or BI 108 Biology II
  • CAS CH 172 or CH 174 Organic Chemistry
  • CAS WR 150, 151, or 152 Writing, Research, and Inquiry
  • 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
  • BU Hub requirements outside the major

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”
  • BU Hub requirements outside the major

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”
  • BU Hub requirements outside the major (12+ cr)

*Note: Course is recommended, not required.

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 120 First-Year Writing Seminar
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology

Second Semester

  • CAS BI 108 Biology II
  • CAS CH 174 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • CAS WR 150, 151, or 152 Writing, Research, and Inquiry
  • BU Hub requirements outside the major

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
  • BU Hub requirements outside the major

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*
  • BU Hub requirements outside the major (4 cr)

Second Semester

  • SAR HS 342 Exercise Physiology
  • BU Hub requirements outside the major (8+ cr)

*Note: Course is recommended, not required.

Honors Requirements

Nutrition students are eligible to participate in the Sargent College Senior Thesis for Distinction. This experience provides a thorough understanding of the research enterprise. The thesis will develop your technical writing and oral presentation skills through interactions in the laboratory, writing a final report on your project, and summarizing your research in a final poster presentation to students and faculty. And it will help prepare you for graduate school where the dedication, creativity, and independence honed during your thesis experience will be invaluable. Successful completion of the Thesis will result in the designation of “graduation with distinction” appearing on the student’s diploma and transcript.

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