If you enjoy the sciences and enjoy working with people, a career in nutrition may be right for you. The Department of Nutrition offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Ours is one of the largest programs in Tennessee and is academically strong so that our graduates are prepared for a successful career and many become leaders in the field. Our Mission and Goals aim to guide the program to continuously improve performance of our graduates. Established Policies and Procedures guide day-to-day operations. The program includes:
• Nutrition science: How the body uses nutrients at the cellular level and in the whole body system, plus food and nutrient needs throughout the life cycle in both health and disease states. You will have extensive coursework in the sciences to form a basis for the understanding of nutrient functions.
• The influence of attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs on food consumption patterns among individuals and groups: Coursework in psychology and community nutrition is included in the curriculum.
• Communication: You will have coursework in communication studies, and many of the major courses include oral presentations and research papers. The ability to critically evaluate nutrition information and effectively communicate nutrition information to other healthcare professionals, administrators, and the general public is a necessary skill.
• Effective management of food service delivery: You will have coursework in foods principles, management, and foodservice operations.
• The roles of nutrition professionals in a variety of practice settings: You will have coursework on careers in nutrition and on professional issues in the practice of nutrition and dietetics.
The Nutrition undergraduate major no longer has a paper progression application requirement. Instead, students are expected to meet the milestones established for the major and concentration. Additionally, students will view a required online orientation here and complete a brief survey in order to be assigned a permanent faculty advisor in the Nutrition Department. Normally, this should be during spring of the sophomore year. For now, please contact CEHHS Advising Services if you need advising for summer or fall of 2015 and check back here for the online nutrition major orientation in late February 2015. Thank you for your patience with this new process.
The Nutrition Minor requires completion of the following Nutrition courses with a grade of “C” or better. All prerequisites must also be completed in order to enroll in the respective course.
NTR 100: Introductory Nutrition
NTR 302: Life Span Nutrition (prerequisite: NTR 100)
NTR 311: Physiological Chemistry (prerequisites: Chem 120- 130 and either Biol 130-140 or BCMB 230)
NTR 313: Vitamins & Minerals (prerequisites: NTR 310, Chem 350)
NTR 314: Energy Metabolism & Metabolic Integration (prerequisites:NTR 311, Chem 350)
This program is approved by the Accreditation Counsel for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic (AND) as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Therefore, successful completion of the bachelor’s degree in nutrition qualifies you for a verification statement from the program director and makes you eligible to apply for ACEND-accredited dietetic internships. You may contact ACEND for additional information:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400
Why become an RD?
Registered dietitians apply the science of nutrition by utilizing nutrition knowledge to promote health and/or treat disease in hospitals, clinics, community settings, private consulting practices, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, newspapers and magazines, food and nutrition-related businesses and industry, pharmaceutical companies, and more. Most of these settings require the RD credential for employment. For more detailed information on careers in dietetics, see the ADA website careers information.
As an alternative to pursuing the RD credential, our undergraduate nutrition curriculum also provides an outstanding foundation for pursuing careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry and other biomedical sciences, as well as graduate study and research careers in nutrition and related areas.