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Nutritional Sciences

Nutritional Sciences Major
Dietetics Degree
Courses

266 Nutritional Sciences Building, 1415 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-2727; www.nutrisci.wisc.edu

Professors Ntambi (chair), Eide, Eisenstein, Groblewski, Ney, Schoeller, Smith, Sunde, Tanumihardjo; Associate Professor Lai; Assistant Professor Yen; Faculty Associates Karls, Thurlow; Senior Lecturer Anderson; Lecturer Johnson

Nutritional sciences is an independent discipline rooted in biology and biochemistry. The major integrates the study of nutrition with studies of the role of diet in health and disease, and with studies of the biological, genetic, social, and economic factors influencing the diet and nutritional status of humans. Nutritional sciences combines the basic and applied sciences that address issues relevant to agriculture and medicine. The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers two areas of study, both of which require a core of courses that emphasize the chemistry and physiology of nutrition. Additional courses focus on the biochemical, clinical, business, or public health aspects of nutrition. Students who complete the Nutritional Sciences major in the Dietetics degree program receive the Bachelor of Science–Dietetics degree, and students who complete the Nutritional Sciences major in the Bachelor of Science degree program receive the Bachelor of Science degree.

The popular Didactic Program in Dietetics combines clinical and managerial courses with the nutrition core to prepare students to become Registered Dietitians (RD). Registered dietitians work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, colleges, wellness programs and nursing homes as well as in public health agencies, the food industry, and research labs. Students fulfilling the requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics are qualified to apply for a postgraduate dietetic internship. Upon completing the dietetic internship, a graduate is eligible to take the American Dietetic Association registration examination leading to certification as a Registered Dietitian. The Didactic Program is currently granted accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 312-899-4876.

The Bachelor of Science curriculum builds on the nutrition core with additional courses emphasizing the chemistry and biology of nutrients from the molecular to the systemic level. Students in this program often pursue graduate study in medicine, nutritional sciences, and other biological sciences. Graduates also find employment in agribusiness, the food industry, government agencies, health fields, and human services. Others may pursue advanced degrees in nutrition, the health and social sciences, and international studies. Students may combine this major with another such as journalism. Students concerned with food and nutrition problems of developing countries can also enroll in courses that treat the agricultural, environmental, economic, and social context of such problems with the nutrition core.

Students who wish to gain practical experience are encouraged to participate in independent studies and coordinative internships, as well as laboratory and clinical research projects offered through the department, the Waisman Center and Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences. In addition to the financial support offered by these opportunities, the department annually awards a number of scholarships. All students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships awarded by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW–Madison.

Nutritional Sciences Major

Requirements
Mathematics and Statistics (8 cr)

Math 112 and 113, or Math 114, or may be satisfied by placement exam
1 course required from: Math 210, 211, 221, 222, Stat 224, 301, 371, 541, 571

Chemistry (17–21 cr)

Chem 103 and 104, or Chem 109
Chem 343 and 344 and 345
Chem 311 or 327 or 329

Introductory Biology (10 cr)

One of the following sets:
Botany 130 and Zoology/Biology 101 and 102
Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 and 152
Biocore 301 and 302 and 303 and 304*

Nutritional Sciences Biology (8–13 cr)

One group required:

Group 1
Microbio 101 and 102, or Microbio 303 and 304
(Consult advisor about combining Microbio 303 with Microbio 102.)
Physiol 335 (5)
Genetics 466 (3)

Group 2
Biocore 323 and 324 and 333*
*If the Biocore sequence is taken to fulfill the first Biology requirement, it must be
taken to fulfill the second Biology requirement.

Physics (8–10 cr)

One of the following sets:
(a) Physics 103 and 104
(b) Physics 201 and 202
(c) Physics 207 and 208

Core (12–17 cr)

Nutr Sci 311 or 332
Nutr Sci 431
Biochem/Nutr Sci 510
Biochem 501 or [507 and 508] or Bmolchem 503Electives within the Major (3 cr)

3 credits from the following:
Food Sci/Microbio 325
Food Sci 410
Food Sci 412
Food Sci 514
AAE/Agronomy/Inter-Ag/Nutr Sci 350
Nutr Sci 500
Nutr Sci 540
Nutr Sci 631
Nutr Sci/Phm Prac 672
Nutr Sci 681*
Nutr Sci 682*
Nutr Sci 691*
Nutr Sci 692*
Nutr Sci 699
*Note that for Nutr Sci 681/682 (Senior Honors Thesis) and Nutr Sci 691/692 (Senior
Thesis), both courses in the sequence must be completed in order to earn a grade.

Capstone (1–8 cr)

One course required from: Nutr Sci 499, 500, [681 and 682], [691 and 692], 699

Recommended Nutritional Science Electives

Anatomy 328, Biochem 550, C&E Soc 222, Food Sci 324, 325, 410, MM&I 528, Med Hist 213, Nutr Sci 203, 621, 672, Oncology 401, Path 404, Phm Sci 401, Pop Hlth 370, 575, Soc 531, Zoo 570, 630 [catalog update 8/23/13]

Dietetics Degree

Admission to Dietetics Degree Program

Students will have PDI classification until admission to the Dietetics Degree Program (ADI classification). Departmental approval required.

To be admitted to the B.S. Dietetics program, the following requirements must be met effective fall 2009:

1. A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.800
2. A minimum mean GPA of 2.800 in the following required* courses:
Chem 103 and 104, or 109
Zoology 101 and 102, or 151
Nutritional Sciences 332
Physiology 335
Food Science 301
Psychology 202 or statistics (Psych 210, Soc 360, Stat 201, 301, or 371)
or a communication course listed under the Dietetics Degree Requirements, below.

*Any transfer course from another university that will be used to meet the above required courses must be included in the GPA calculation. If the same course is taken more than once, only the grade from the last time the course was taken will be used in the GPA calculation.
**Effective Fall 2012, Microbio 101 or 303 is no longer a requirement for admission to the Dietetics Degree Program.  It is still a requirement for the Dietetics Degree.

Dietetics Degree Requirements

[catalog update 8/23/13]

Mathematics and Statistics (6–9 cr)

Math 112 or 114* or may be satisfied by placement exam
One course from: Psych 210, Soc 360, Stat 201, 301, 371
*Note that placement into Math 114 does not guarantee that credit has been earned for Math 112.

Chemistry (11–15 cr)

Chem 103 and 104, or Chem 109
Chem 341 or 343
Bmolchem 314 or 503 or Biochem 501

Biology (10 cr)

Zoology 101 and 102, or Zoology 151
Microbio 101 and 102, or Microbio 303 and 304
(Consult advisor about combining Microbio 303 with Microbio 102.)

Foundation (19–20 cr)

Physiol 335
Psych 202
Gen Bus 300
Gen Bus 310
Gen Bus 311
One course from: Agronomy 379, Inter-He 427, 428, 515, Ed Psych 301
[catalog update 8/23/13]

Core (21 cr)

[catalog update 8/23/13]
Food Sci 301
Food Sci 437
Food Sci 438
Nutr Sci 200
Nutr Sci 332
Nutr Sci 431
Biochem/Nutr Sci 510
Nutr Sci 631

Capstone (4 cr)

[catalog update 8/23/13]
Nutr Sci 500 and 520

Recommended Dietetics Electives

Acct I S 300, Anatomy 328, Com Arts 368, Coun Psy 650, C&E Soc 222, Food Sci 324, 325, 410, 412, Gen&WS 103, Kines 314, Marketing 300, Med Hist 213, Nursing 105, 600, 746, Nutr Sci 203, 350, 540, 621, 635, 672, Path 404, Phm Sci 401, Pop Hlth 370, 575, Soc 531[catalog update 8/23/13]