Mar 22, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Food and Nutrition Major, Nutrition and Wellness Specialty, B.A./B.S.

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The nutrition and wellness specialty provides students with an understanding of the role of exercise and nutrition in overall wellness. Graduates are prepared to work in nutrition and wellness positions in fitness centers, community and public health settings, nutrition marketing, product development, and consumer affairs. With the epidemic growth of obesity and related illnesses, graduates of the specialty will have multiple employment opportunities.

Food and Nutrition Degree Requirements

A candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition degree must meet the general requirements for graduation as outlined in this bulletin and successfully complete the food and nutrition courses required for the major area of study.

Summary of food and nutrition degree program requirements:

  • completion of Core 39 requirements as outlined in this bulletin. Specific requirements for Core 39 component of each option area are noted in the section following;
  • complete required nutrition core courses: 26 hours;
  • complete 33-38 hours in one of the specialty areas;
  • a minimum of 120 hours;
  • a minimum of 30 hours must be taken from the University of Southern Indiana;
  • a minimum of 39 hours of 300/400-level credit hours;
  • obtain an average of 2.0 grade point average or better on all work taken at the University of Southern Indiana; and
  • achieve a grade of C or better in all core nutrition courses.

Dietetics students also must achieve a grade of C or better in BIOL 121 , BIOL 122 , CHEM 261 , and CHEM 262  and all dietetics courses.

Food and Nutrition Specialty Area

In the student's sophomore year, and upon completion of the majority of the Core 39 courses, the student will choose a specialty area.

Sample Food and Nutrition Curriculum - Nutrition and Wellness Specialty

First Year

Fall Semester (16 hours)

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 hours)

Spring Semester (15 hours)


* Core 39 courses

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