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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Food Science and Nutrition Major with Specialization, BS

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Program Director
David Gee, PhD

Susan Adams, MS, RD
Virginia Bennett, PhD, RD
Ethan Bergman, PhD, RD
Linda Cashman, MS, RD
David Gee, PhD
Susan Hawk, PhD, RD
Kelly Pritchett, PhD, RD

The bachelor of science in food science and nutrition prepares students for employment or advanced study in one of several professions in the broad area of foods and nutrition. To complete degree requirements, students must complete the required core courses listed below. Students must also complete courses listed in their chosen specialization (foods and nutrition, dietetics, nutrition science).

Admission Requirements
Students wishing to attain full admission to the BS in food science and nutrition major must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of NUTR 101, Introduction to Human Nutrition, NUTR 240, Introduction to Foods and NUTR 240LAB, Introduction to Foods Laboratory with a grade of B (3.0) or better.
  • Students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or better in all of the other major courses.

In addition to the requirements listed above, students wishing to enter any of the food science and nutrition specializations must successfully complete CHEM 111, Introduction to Chemistry, CHEM 111LAB, Chemistry Laboratory or CHEM 181, General Chemistry I and CHEM 181LAB, General Chemistry Laboratory I, and MATH 100C, Intermediate Algebra, or their equivalents, before being admitted to the major. Students must consult with a major advisor for approval of the program specialization.

Students are highly encouraged to complete at least five credits of NUTR 490, Cooperative Education.


Core Total Credits: 25-26

Select one of the following specializations:

Foods and Nutrition Specialization

The foods and nutrition specialization prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the food and nutrition industry including food processing companies (quality assurance and product development positions), food distributors, food brokerage companies, restaurant and institutional food service, pharmaceutical sales, and nutrition positions not requiring being a registered dietitian. It is highly recommended that students discuss possible minors with their academic advisor that would complement this specialization and enhance employment opportunities. Possible minors include food service management, exercise science, community health education, business, and administrative management. Students interested in applying to nursing programs following the completion of this degree are recommended to take BIOL 355 and BIOL 356, Human Anatomy and Physiology, instead of BIOL 201, Human Physiology and BIOL 220, Introductory Cell Biology, plus BIOL 322, Introductory Microbiology.

Dietetics Specialization

The dietetics specialization, plus three additional courses (PSY 101, ECON 101, and ANTH 130 or 357) fulfills the requirements of the American Dietetic Association for a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The DPD is currently accredited by the American Dietetic Association Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE, 120 South Riverside Plaza Ste. 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext, 5400), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Completion of this program qualifies the student to apply for admission to a CADE-accredited Supervised Practice Experience also known as a dietetic internship. Following this the student is eligible to sit for the registration examination. Passing the registration exam qualifies the graduate to become a registered dietitian (RD).

Total pre-specialization major requirements - Credits: 47-48

Prior to being admitted into the dietetics specialization, students shall apply to the BS in food science and nutrition major with a specialization in foods and nutrition and must then complete the following courses:

  • FSN Core Requirements Credits: 25-26

Additional Courses

In addition to successfully completing all of the pre-specialization courses, applicants to this specialization must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of application and a GPA in all of the pre-major classes of 3.0. Students planning on entering the dietetics specialization are encouraged to declare their major in the BS food science and nutrition with a foods and nutrition specialization as early in their studies as possible so that they may be assigned a major advisor and receive proper advising in this field.

Total Credits: 102-103

Additional Information

Students wishing to apply for admission into a CADE-accredited dietetic internship must complete the above major requirements plus the following three courses: ANTH 130, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (5) OR ANTH 357, Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Health and Healing (4), and ECON 101, Economic Issues (5), and PSY 101, General Psychology (5). These courses may also meet breadth requirements at Central Washington University.

The requirement for CHEM 111, 111LAB, Introduction to Chemistry and Laboratory, may be met by satisfactorily completing CHEM 181, 181LAB, 182, 182LAB, and 183, 183LAB General Chemistry and Laboratory. The requirement for CHEM 112, 112LAB, Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Laboratory, may be met by satisfactorily completing CHEM 361, 361LAB, 362, Organic Chemistry and Laboratory. The requirement for CHEM 113, 113LAB, Introduction to Biochemistry, may be met by satisfactorily completing CHEM 431, 431LAB and 432, Biochemistry and Laboratory. The requirement for BIOL 201, Human Physiology, may be met by satisfactorily completing BIOL 355, 356, Human Anatomy and Physiology. Students interested in applying to nursing programs following the completion of this degree are recommended to take BIOL 355 and BIOL 356 instead of BIOL 201.

Nutrition Science Specialization

The nutrition science specialization provides the training necessary to pursue advanced study in nutrition leading toward a career in nutrition research. This option also can be used for those students seeking admission to medical, dental, optometric, nursing, and other health-related programs and schools. In addition to the courses listed, a year of introductory physics is also required for admission to most medical schools. Pre-medical students should also maintain contact with the premedical advisor for current information. MATH 153, Pre-Calculus Mathematics I, or an equivalent course needs to be completed before a student is admitted to this specialization.

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