Nutrition and dietetics

The study of food, nutrition and dietetics involves the application of science, blended with behavioral sciences, integrating management strategies, along with a solid foundation in liberal studies. Our goal is to provide a distinctive program of study in all areas of nutrition and dietetics within the liberal arts setting.

The Food and Nutrition major offers students three concentrations: dietetics, wellness and food and nutrition in business. All three of these concentration areas combine coursework emphasizing the foundations of food and nutritional sciences with the physical and biological sciences necessary for professional employment.

  • Dietetics
    The dietetics concentration is a professional program of study which leads to post-baccalaureate dietetics internship and dietetics registration and licensure for qualified students. The Bluffton University program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL  60606-6995). 
  • Food in Business
    There is considerable demand in the global food industry for knowledgeable and competent persons who understand food and nutrition, which is the focus of the food in business concentration. Opportunities include managing food service organizations, food production, food product development and marketing, culinary arts, and food sales. A variety of business courses are included in this major and a hands-on practice internship is required as part of the curriculum.  
  • Wellness
    Health promotion and disease prevention for the general public is the main concern of the wellness concentration. In addition to academic preparation in food and nutrition, the student studies fitness, exercise and wellness concepts for the general public. Opportunities include the fitness industry, corporate wellness programs, resorts and spas, community health settings, and public health settings. A hands-on practice internship is required as part of the curriculum.         

Food and Nutrition major

Core: (20 hours)
NTR 105 Introduction to Foods (3)
NTR 210 Food Science  (4)
NTR 225 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3)
NTR 325 Lifecycle Nutrition (3)
NTR 351 Research in Foods and Nutrition (3)
NTR 403 Seminar in Foods & Nutrition (1)
MGT 354 Principles of Management (3)

Dietetics Concentration:  (61 hours including 7 LAS hours)

BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4)
BIO 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4)
BIO 301 Microbiology (4)
CEM 121 General Inorganic Chemistry 1 (5)
CEM 122 General Inorganic Chemistry 2 (5)
CEM 221 Organic Chemistry 1 (4)
CEM 235 Cell Chemistry (4)
MGT 364 Human Resource Management (3)
NTR 240 Physical  and Nutritional Assessment (2)
NTR 250 Nutrition Education and Communication (2)
NTR 260 Obesity Research and Sports Nutrition (3)
NTR 310 Food Service Systems Management (4)
NTR 335 Public Health Nutrition and Policy (3)
NTR 340 Human Pathophysiology (3)
NTR 375 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (4)
NTR 376 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 (4)
NTR 386 Advanced Nutrition (3)

Food & Nutrition in Business Concentration (28 hours)
COM 185 Public Speaking and Persuasion (3)
COM 240 Media and Culture (3)
COM 225 Writing for the Media (3)
ECN 141 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECN 142 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
MKT 356 Principles of Marketing (3)
MKT 358 Consumer Behavior (3)
NTR 310 Foodservice Systems Management (4)
NTR 385 Internship (3)

Wellness Concentration  (35 hours)
BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4)
COM 195 Interpersonal Communication (3) 
   or COM 185 Public Speaking and Persuasion (3)
HFS 220 Personal and Community Health Concerns (3)
HFS 210 Fit for Life (2)
HFS 225 Commercial Recreation (3)
HFS 310 Kinesiology (3) 
   or HFS 320 Exercise Physiology (3)
HFS 325 Recreation and the Aging Process (3)
NTR 240 Physical & Nutrition Assessment (2)
NTR 250 Nutrition Education & Communication (2)
NTR 335 Public Health Nutrition and Policy (3)
NTR 385 Internship (3)
NTR 400 Workplace Wellness (1)
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (3)

Wellness minor 

BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
COM 195 Interpersonal Communication (3)
  or COM 185 Public Speaking and Persuasion (3)
HFS 117 Introduction to Sport Medicine (1)
HFS 210 Fit for Life (2)
HFS 220 Personal and Community Health Concerns (3) 
NTR 225 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3)

A minimum of five additional hours is to be chosen from courses within the wellness concentration. Student must hold first aid and CPR certification upon graduation.

June 2016