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Curriculum Information Guide

Nutrition Science

Dr. Jack Thomas, Chair
Nutrition Science and Wellness Department
Theresa Patnode Santmann School of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science Degree

The Nutrition Science baccalaureate degree contains a strong scientific base that is applied throughout the curriculum.  It is designed for students interested in nutrition, food, and the relationship of diet to human health, fitness, and disease prevention—for which current interest has never been greater than today. Graduates will learn to examine complex relationships in human nutrition and food technology. Course work includes understanding obesity and weight management, nutritional influences on chronic disease, dietary intake patterns, addressing nutrient industry and marketing trends, and food/nutrient recommendations to protect the population and promote optimum health.  

Graduates will be prepared for further academic professional studies or graduate school including medical, dental, occupational/physical therapy, pharmacy, and advanced graduate study in nutrition science. The nutrition science program is independent of the licensure in dietetics and cannot be used to directly achieve clinical internships.*

*Please note: The Nutrition Science degree does not lead to becoming a licensed dietitian after graduation. If you are interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian, it is vital that you understand the additional education requirements determined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). This Nutrition Science degree provides a strong science and nutrition background for other allied health care settings and work in both the private and public sectors.

Typical Employment Opportunities

Graduates are eligible for a variety of careers in both private and public sectors.
Opportunities found in, but not limited to:
Healthcare Field
Sport & Fitness Industry
Food Technology
Biomedical and Laboratory Research
County, State and Federal Government Nutrition Services
Cooperative Extension
Food and Agriculture Industry
Nutraceutical Industry
Non-Profit Nutritional Support Programs
Graduate Education

Nutrition Science (BS) Program Outcomes:

  • Graduates will demonstrate professional and personal ethics with a cultural awareness for dietary intake and skills in maintaining health and disease prevention throughout the life span (Professionalism/Leadership).
  • Graduates will employ effective oral and written communication skills (Communication/Marketing).
  • Graduates will apply critical thinking skills to evaluate, interpret, and analyze current issues in nutrition utilizing theoretically based problem solving skills (Critical Thinking).
  • Graduates will be able to investigate, differentiate, and extrapolate nutrition science data and trends. This will allow them to excel in the nutrition sciences and to prepare for further professional and graduate education (Knowledge).
Liberal Arts and Sciences ( 36 credits )
EGL 101 Composition I: College Writing (GE) 3
EGL 102 Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
American/Other World/Western Civilization History (GE) 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (GE) 3
BIO 130 Biological Principles I (GE) 4
Humanities (GE) 3
SOC 122 Introductory Sociology (GE) 3
MTH 116 Algebra (GE) 4
BIO 131 Biological Principles II (GE) 4
Foreign Language (GE) 3
Arts (GE) 3
Required: Lower Division ( 37 credits )
BIO 170 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (GE) 4
CHM 152 General Chemistry Principles I (GE) 4
BUS 131 Marketing Principles 3
BIO 171 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (GE) 4
CHM 153 General Chemistry Principles II (GE) 4
BIO 125/NTR 110 Introduction to Nutrition Science 3
CHM 260 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (GE) 4
BIO 220 Medical Microbiology w/Lab OR  
NTR 330 Food Microbiology 4
NTR 200 Food Science w/Lab 4
Technical Electives Lower Level* 3
Required: Upper Division ( 49 credits )
NTR 300 Cultural Foods
NTR 305 Weight Management & Obesity 3
NTR 310 Food Service Management  3
NTR 320 Medical Nutritional Therapy w/lab 4
NTR 325 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
NTR 335 Nutritional Biochemistry
NTR 340 Nutrition Communication 3
NTR 350 Energy and Exercise
NTR 405 Supplements & Ergogenic Aids 3
NTR 410 Macronutrient Metabolism 3
NTR 411 Micronutrient Metabolism 3
NTR 420 Community Nutrition
NTR 425 Nutrition Science Seminar 3
NTR 450 Research Methods in Nutrition Sciences 3
Technical Elective Upper Level** 6

Total Credits:


Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 122

Please refer to the General Education, Applied Learning, and Writing Intensive requirement sections of the College Catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation requirements are satisfied.


*Technical Electives Lower Level

Must select one 3 cr. course

  • NTR 150 Quantity Food Production
  • BIO 123 Human Body in Health and Disease
  • BIO 210 Introduction to Bioscience 
  • BIO 240 Bioethics
  • BUS 101 Accounting I
  • BUS 109 Management Theories and Practices
  • BUS 259 Public Relations
  • BUS 267 Small Business Management
  • ECO 156 Principles of Economics – Macro
  • SOC 228 Society and Health
  • SOC 248 Sociology of Sports
  • SOC 260 Sociological Research Methods

**Technical Electives Upper Level

Must select two 3 cr. courses

  • NTR 360 Experimental Foods
  • NTR 365 Sports Nutrition
  • NTR 430 Clinical Nutrition Assessment
  • NTR 460 Nutrition Field Experience
  • BIO 416 Industrial Microbiology
  • BUS 305 Entrepreneurship
  • ECO 304 Sports Economics
  • ECO 310 Health Economics and Policy
  • SOC 309 Sport in Society

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.