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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Nutrition and Dietetics

Undergraduate Programs

Nutrition and Dietetics

Individuals choosing this option will concentrate their studies in the areas of nutritional science, medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, food production and management of foodservice operations, chemistry, physiology, plus a variety of supporting course work in related disciplines. The Nutrition and Dietetics option with appropriate elective selection fulfills the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) academic requirements for eligibility to apply for qualifying experiences required to become a Registered Dietitian.

Becoming a Registered Dietitian

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are considered food and nutrition experts. They have met the following criteria to earn the RD credential:

  • Completion of a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the credentialing agency of the Academic of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
  • Completion of a supervised practice program accredited by ACEND and the AND.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

In order to maintain registration, the RD must provide evidence of fulfilling continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration. Some RDs hold additional certifications in the specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition, nutrition support, and diabetes education. These certifications are awarded through CDR and/or other medical and nutrition organizations and are recognized within the profession, but are not required.

In addition to RD credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. Frequently these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RD.

Option in Nutrition and Dietetics (128 units)

Take all of the following courses:

  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination. Credit in CHEM 101 does not substitute for a passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination and a "C" or better in MATH 113 or 117 or 119A or 122. One year of high school chemistry is strongly recommended. (Recommended for students who intend to pursue careers in science or engineering.)
  • CHEM 449 Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 448 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • COMM 110 Interpersonal Communication (3)
    Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in COMM 110 Workshop.
  • ED P 373I Nonverbal Communication: Interaction of Mind and Body (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration course(s), and upper-division standing.
  • ENGL 100 Composition (3)
    Prerequisites: A recorded total score of 151 or above on the English Placement test, credit in ENGL 1 (or its equivalent), or consent of the instructor.
  • MICR 200 General Microbiology (4)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A or 140 with a grade of "C" or better and GE Foundation requirements.
  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: GE A1 requirement.
  • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: A GE Foundation course.
  • CAFF 321I Family and Consumer Resource Management (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper division standing.
  • CDFS 312I Family and Personal Development (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements; PSY 100 or SOC 100 or ANTH 120; upper division standing; or consent of instructor.
  • FCSE 299 Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences (1)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • FCSE 486 Instructional Strategies for Family & Consumer (3)
    Prerequisites: Senior standing.
  • FCSE 499 Professionalism and Leadership in Family and Consumer Sciences Professionals (2)
    Prerequisites: FCSE 299, CAFF 321I, 12 units of upper division course working Family and Consumer Sciences. Must be taken in one of the last two semester prior to graduation.
  • FSCI 332 Food Science (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 327; HFHM 235; MICR 200 or equivalent.
  • HFHM 173 Applied Foodservice Sanitation (1)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • HFHM 235 Principles of Food Preparation (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • HFHM 275 Food Production Systems I (3)
    Prerequisites: NUTR 132 and HFHM 235.
  • NUTR 132 Introductory Nutrition (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: One Foundation course.
  • NUTR 234 Orientation to Dietetics & Food Administration (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • NUTR 331A Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3)
    Prerequisites: NUTR 132, BIOL 207, CHEM 302 or 327 or equivalent.
  • NUTR 331B Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3)
    Prerequisites: NUTR 331A.
  • NUTR 336 Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100 or SOC 100 or ANTH 120 or equivalent; NUTR 132.
  • NUTR 436 Advanced Nutrition (3)
    Prerequisites: NUTR 331B, CHEM 448, 449 (may be taken concurrently).
  • NUTR 436L Nutritional Status Assessment Techniques (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: NUTR 436 and CHEM 449.
  • NUTR 438 Medical Nutrition Therapy (3)
    Prerequisites: NUTR 436, 436L (may be taken concurrently)
  • NUTR 461 Community Nutrition (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, NUTR 331B.

Take one of the following courses:

  • ANTH 412I Culture and Communication (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
  • HCA 422I Global Issues in Health Services (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses and upper division standing.
  • H SC 420I International Health (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.

Take one of the following choices:

  • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.

or both

  • BIOL 342 Human/Mammalian Physiology (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211, 212, 213 all with a grade of "C" or better. Recommended: PHYS 100A, B.
  • BIOL 342L Lab in Human/Mammalian Physiology (1)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: BIOL 342 with a grade of "C" or better.

Take one of the following courses:

  • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    Prerequisites: BIOL 211 or BIOL 207 or MICR 200; MATH 111 or 113 or 119A or 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • ED P 419 Educational Statistics (3)
    Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate mathematics course suitable for general education math credit and, if required by the major, a lower-division statistics course.
  • H SC 403 Community Health Statistics (3)
    Prerequisites: GE math and SOC 250 or PSY 210 or equivalent.
  • IS 310 Business Statistics (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 114.

Take one of the following courses:

  • ENGL 101 Composition (3)
    Prerequisites: ENGL 100.
  • ENGL 317 Technical Communication (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, upper-division standing, and a previous composition course, i.e., ENGL 100, 101, 102, 300, or equivalents.

Take one of the following courses:

  • HRM 361 The Human Resource Function (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PSY 381 Intro to Industrial Organizational Psy (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100, GE Foundation requirement and upper division standing.

Take one of the following courses:

  • IS 233 Introduction to Computer Systems and Applications (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • IS 300 Management Information Systems (3)
    Prerequisites: IS 233 or equivalent.

Take one of the following courses:

  • FCSE 497 Directed Studies (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper division standing, consent of instructor.
  • NUTR 492K Internship in Nutrition and Dietetics (3)
    Prerequisites: Student must be a Family and Consumer Sciences: Nutrition and Dietetics major; have senior standing; have a 2.5 overall GPA or a 3.0 major GPA; approval of a faculty advisor in Nutrition and Dietetics; and HFHM 275, NUTR 331B and FSCI 332. Each prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A course in which a grade lower than "C" is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a "C" may proceed with other courses with approval of the Area Coordinator.

Take one of the following choices:

  • CHEM 327 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A with a grade of "C" or better; CHEM 111B is recommended.

or both

  • CHEM 320A Organic Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111B with a grade of "C" or better. CHEM 251 is recommended.
  • CHEM 320B Organic Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 320A with a grade of "C" or better.

Select one of the following choices:

  • CHEM 448 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 327 or 322B either with a grade of "C" or better.

or both

  • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: Either CHEM 320B or both CHEM 322B and 323B with a grade of "C" or better; a biology or microbiology course is recommended.
  • CHEM 441B Biological Chemistry (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 441A with a grade of "C" or better.

Take a minimum of 6 units of electives in consultation with a Nutrition and Dietetics faculty advisor.

Recommended electives include: HFHM 375, 477; FCSE 497; NUTR 439, 492K.

If a stronger foundation in Chemistry is desired, CHEM 320A and 320B may be selected instead of CHEM 327. If a stronger foundation in Biochemistry is desired, CHEM 441A and CHEM 441B may be selected instead of CHEM 448.

Students who wish to take the Nutrition and Dietetics Option as a Pre-professional degree (e.g., medical, etc.) should check with the appropriate programs to verify specific requirements.

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