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Course Descriptions

NUT 

1800

Careers in Nutrition and Dietetics

Fall & Spring

    Description: This course identifies and discusses career options and market trends within the fields of nutrition, dietetics, and food service management. It reviews the academic and professional requirements for successful entry into these fields.  

NUT

2040

Introduction to Nutrition 

Fall & Spring

    NUT 2040 Sample Syllabus and Schedule  
   

Description: This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of human nutrition, including digestion, absorption, metabolism, and the function of nutrients as they relate to human health and disease.

 

NUT

3040

Nutrition Concepts and Controversies            (classroom only)

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 2040

Description: This course provides additional study of the chemistry and biochemistry of nutrients, metabolic functions in health and disease, food composition, digestion, absorption, and nutrient utilization with a focus on how these concepts relate to current nutrition topics being discussed in the popular press.  This course is intended for non-nutrition majors.

 

NUT

3050

Concepts of Lifecycle Nutrition

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 2040

Description: This course is designed to increase the non-nutrition major’s knowledge of the physiological, psychological, sociological, and cultural factors which influence nutritional needs and eating habits throughout the life cycle. Nutrient requirements, dietary planning guidelines, and techniques for assessing nutritional status will be presented for the following life stages:  preconception, pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and aging.

 

NUT

3150

Advanced Nutrition - Macronutrients

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 1800, NUT 2040, BIO 2320, CHE 2100 & 2150, DPD application submitted to department

Description: Digestion, absorption, metabolism and health effects of macronutrients, water and alcohol are covered in this course. Also included are basic concepts of energetics, electrolytes, artificial sweeteners and fiber.   

 

NUT

3160

Advanced Nutrition - Micronutrients

Fall & Spring

 
   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 1040 or NUT 1800, NUT 2040, BIO 2320, CHE 2100, CHE 2150, DPD application submitted to department

Description: Digestion, absorption, metabolism and health effects of micronutrients are covered in this course. Also included are basic concepts of the Dietary Reference Intakes, phytochemicals, supplements, microbiome, epigenetics, and nutrigenomics.

 

NUT

3200

Nutrition and Sports Performance

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 2040

Description: This course is designed to enable the student, through application of the basic principles of nutrition, to improve his/her health, fitness, and physical performance within the limits set by genetic endowment and level of training.

 

NUT

3300

Cultural Aspects of Nutrition

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 2040

Description: Students will learn about the formation and significance of cultural identity among people identifying with a Native American, African American, Hispanic, Asian, or European heritage and its importance as it relates to food choices, behaviors, and nutritional status. They will also examine the impact of cultural differences, the nutritional value of ethnic foods, nutrition-related health benefits and risks faced by various cultural groups, disparities in health care, and strategies toward successful prevention and intervention.

 

NUT

3350

Global Nutrition and Health

Fall & Spring

   

Description: A global assessment of nutrition is covered in this course. The course examines current nutrition status of the world’s populations, population growth with respect to food, causes and consequences of malnutrition, the interaction of nutrition and disease, and possible solutions for nutritional problems.

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences I, Global Diversity

 

NUT

3400

Nutrition and Weight Management

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 2040

Description: This course is a study of the basic principles of, and latest trends in, weight management. This course includes coverage of assessment techniques, behavioral and non-behavioral treatment approaches and prevention strategies. The concept of “health at every (body) size” will be presented. Fad diets and programs with sound nutrition principles will be analyzed.

 

NUT

3500

Food Safety

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 2040, BIO 2320

Description: This course covers safety of food with respect to microbial and non-microbial contamination. Sources of contamination, ways to prevent or control contamination, consequences of contamination, and the methods for detection are covered. Beneficial aspects of microbes in food and human health are also discussed.

 

NUT

3700

Nutrition Education and Counseling

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 2040, HND majors only

Description: This course prepares students to participate in the specialized communications of nutrition professionals. Students will practice preparing, conducting, and analyzing group nutrition education, individual nutrition counseling, and healthcare team communications. Written communication guided by the nutrition care process will also be covered. This course is designed for nutrition majors.

 

NUT

3980

Internship in Nutrition

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): Major in Human Nutrition-Dietetics; junior or senior status; permission of instructor

Description: Supervised by a faculty member within the major department, internships provide practical, hands-on experience in a professional field related to the major. Internship placements must be established prior to enrollment in this course in consultation with the Applied Learning Center.

 

NUT

4200

Lifecycle Nutrition for Majors

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 3150

Description: This course is designed to increase the nutrition major’s knowledge about the physiological, psychological, sociological, and cultural factors which influence nutritional needs and eating habits throughout the life cycle with a focus on evidence-based practices.  Nutrient requirements, dietary planning guidelines, and techniques for assessing nutritional status will be presented for the following life stages: preconception, pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and aging.

 

NUT

4210

Community Nutrition

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 3290

Description: This course is concerned with the nutritional status of individuals and families in the community. Topics covered include community assessment, programs and resources, legislation, education, and program planning as they impact nutrition for groups.

 

NUT

4700

Medical Nutrition Therapy I

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 3150; and Senior standing

Description: This course examines principles and application of medical nutrition therapy as related to specific disease states. Topics include the nutrition care process, nutrition assessment, nutrition support, and therapeutic diets.

 

NUT

4720

Pre-Professional Seminar in Nutrition and Dietetics

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): NUT 4700

Description: This seminar provides a forum for discussion of topics of current relevance to students preparing for a career in nutrition and dietetics. Topics include résumés, interviewing, salary negotiation, marketing, networking, ethical issues, evaluation of research, and effective communication.

 

NUT

4750

Medical Nutrition Therapy II

Fall & Spring

   

Prerequisite(s): NUT 4700

Description: This course integrates knowledge of pathophysiology of selected diseases with nutrition intervention and prevention of various disease states. Students are introduced to the skills required to plan and implement modified diets for selected medical conditions. The course incorporates understanding, assessing, application and teaching of dietary modifications while considering the physiological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of the individual.

 

*Some courses are offered in the summer; but not every summer


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