The Didactic Program in Dietetics prepares students with the foundational knowledge and skills to be a member of health care teams with the ability to address the nutritional needs in health and disease of a multi-cultural society.

Dietitians apply knowledge from physiology, biochemistry and chemistry to understand digestion of food, absorption and use of nutrients by the body at different stages of life, and the effects of nutrient deficiencies and excesses. They also draw on the social sciences to understand the socio-cultural, psychological, economic and political factors influencing choices of food. Dietitians as clinicians study the relationship between diet and chronic disease. They also monitor nutritional content of the American food supply, define and help to alleviate nutritional problems throughout the world, and work with other health professionals in promoting health and well-being for people of all ages.

MEET FACULTY

MAJORS:

  • Dietetics (B.S.)

MINORS:

  • Food and Nutrition

CERTIFICATE:

SOME COURSES YOU MAY TAKE:

ND 111 : Nutrition and Lab

Basic principles of human nutrition, including biochemical functions of nutrients, nutrient allowances for various ages and the relationship between food choices and health. Lab fee applies. (previously FS 131)

3 HOURS

ND 233 : Food Science and Laboratory

Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals and their role in human metabolism. The management of normal nutrition needs of individuals across the life cycle including focus on pregnancy, lactation, normal infant growth and development; childhood and adolescence; adult men’s and women’s health issues; geriatrics; and basic pathophysiology and medical nutrition therapy for specific disease conditions. Lab fee applies. Prerequisite: ND 131 or by permission of instructor.

3 HOURS

ND 323 : Community Nutrition

This course is designed to prepare students for presentation of nutrition information to individuals and groups in a variety of community settings, and facilitate the development of skills for planning and assessing community nutrition programs. (previously FS 323) Prerequisites: ND 322 and junior standing.

3 HOURS

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