Degree Plan

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods (ACEND Accredited Track)

The Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods (ACEND Accredited Track) at The University of Houston is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (ACEND). Upon completion of this degree students are eligible to apply for entry into a supervised practice program which will make them eligible to take the Registration Examination for dietitians. At the undergraduate level, this degree emphasizes the knowledge and skills essential for competent entry-level dietetics practice.

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods (Nutritional Sciences Track)

The Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods (Nutritional Sciences Track) is a pre-professional degree plan designed to meet the requirements for Pre-med, dental, optometry, pharmacy and other post-graduate programs in the health care arena.  Students earning a degree in the Nutritional Sciences track will have an in-depth knowledge of the science of nutrition and a solid foundation in applied science.

The Nutritional Science track is not a pathway to become a Registered Dietitian (RD), students wishing to pursue the RD credential must complete the ACEND Accredited Track.

Admission

Applicants may be considered for admission to an undergraduate program on the basis of graduation from an accredited high school, as college transfer students, by entrance examination, or through a combination of these criteria. Applications for admission to the University of Houston may be obtained by contacting:

Office of Admissions
129 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-2161
713-743-1010

(Click here to visit the UH admissions website)

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree.

  1. Students enrolled in the BS in Nutrition (ACEND Accredited) must complete at least 128 semester hours of courses. At least 36 of those 128 hours must be advanced. Students enrolled in the BS in Nutrition Sciences must complete at least 123 semester hours of courses. At least 36 of those 123 hours must be advanced.

  2. Students must complete core curriculum requirements. See the Undergraduate Catalog or your assigned academic advisor for approved courses or for information regarding credit for courses by examination.

  3. Candidates for any Bachelor of Science degree must complete at least 12 semester hours in math. A degree in Human Nutrition and Foods requires MATH 1310, MATH 2311 or PSYC 3301, and 6 additional hours of core-approved Math Reasoning.

  4. Students must earn a 2.00 minimum cumulative grade point average in courses attempted at the university.

  5. Students must earn a 2.00 minimum cumulative grade point average in courses attempted in the major at the university.

  6. Students must earn a 2.00 minimum cumulative grade point average in all core courses attempted at the university.

  7. Students cannot satisfy any degree requirements in their major with advanced (3000 to 4000 level) courses that were completed more than seven years before the semester in which the degree is awarded, unless they receive permission from their college dean.

  8. No more than 30 semester hours of correspondence work and extension class credit may be applied to the bachelor's degree. In addition, students must complete at least 30 semester hours in residence and the last 30 semester hours to be applied towards the degree must be taken in residence.

  9. Students must apply for the degree on or before published dates. Contact your academic advisor prior to registering for your final semester for specific dates.

Requirements for Earning a Verification Statement

Verification statements:  A verification statement is an official document that certifies successful completion of a Baccalaureate degree and the requirements of a Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited program. A verification statement from UH is required to qualify for application to a Dietetic Internship or to attempt the registration examination for dietetic technicians (DTR exam). UH students must complete the program with a GPA of 3.0 in the Didactic Program required coursework to qualify for a verification statement.

Verification requires up to four weeks post-graduation and students need to inform the DPD director of whether they would prefer to pick them up or have them mailed. Students should provide the appropriate address at the time of request if they would like them mailed.

Only students pursuing the BS in Nutrition with ACEND accreditation are eligible to earn a verification statement after meeting the guidelines above. Students pursing the BS in Nutritional Sciences do not meet ACEND requirements and are not eligible for verification.

Courses offered in Human Nutrition and Foods (NUTR)

2332: Introduction to Human Nutrition
Prerequisites: MATH 1310 and either BIOL 1334, BIOL 1344, CHEM 1301 or CHEM 1331 
Principles of human nutrition, with emphasis on the nutrient composition of foods, nutrient absorption, and metabolic and physiological processes. Students will be able to critically evaluate nutrition claims. 
Semester: Fall, Spring, Summer

2333: Food Science I 
Prerequisites: NUTR 2332, 3101 and declared major in nutrition (Lecture and lab must be taken concurrently) 
Introduction to general principles of food and food preparation and their relationship to chemistry and microbiology.
Semester: Fall, Spring, Summer

2133: Food Science I Lab 
Prerequisites: NUTR 2332, 3101 and declared major in nutrition (Lecture and lab must be taken concurrently) 
Laboratory studies of the general principles of food and food preparation.
Semester: Fall, Spring, Summer

Students will be required to wear a white lab coat (approximate cost $30) and hair net (approximate cost $1.50 for a package of 3). Students will also need to have a food thermometer (approximate cost $2.50). Please note that the lab coats worn in chemistry & biology labs are NOT acceptable for this course.

3101: Dietetics as a Profession 
Prerequisites: Declared major in nutrition
Overview of the dietetics profession including the development of a professional portfolio, career options in dietetics, and applying to post-baccalaureate programs.
Semester: Fall, Spring

3320: Seminar in Nutrition Research 
Prerequisites: Junior standing. NUTR 2332 
Analysis of research methods in the field of nutrition.
Semester: Fall, Spring

3330: Food Service Systems Management (formerly NUTR 4332)
Prerequisites: Junior standing. NUTR 2133, 2332, and 2333.
Overview of food service management with emphasis in operation and management functions. Includes food safety, menu, purchasing and receiving, production and service, facility design, accounting, marketing, and human resources.
Semester: Fall, Summer

3334: Advanced Nutrition 
Prerequisites: Junior standing. NUTR 2332.
Metabolic pathways of macro-nutrients and the role of micro-nutrients in human nutrition. 
Semester: Fall, Spring

3335/3235 : Commercial Food Production Lecture and Lab 
Prerequisites: Junior standing. NUTR 3330 (Lecture and lab must be taken concurrently) 
Analysis of food service systems with laboratory experiences in quantity food processing and merchandising.
Semester: Fall, Spring

Students will be required to wear a White lab coat (approximate cost $30) and hair net (approximate cost $1.50 for a package of 3). Students will also need to have a food thermometer (approximate cost $2.50). Please note that the lab coats worn in chemistry & biology labs are NOT acceptable for this course.

Note: In addition to the lecture and laboratory time required, this course requires students complete 2 hours of "prep" work in the commercial foods kitchen.

3336: Nutritional Pathophysiology 
Prerequisites: Junior standing. NUTR 2332, BIOL 1334, 1134, 1344, 1144.
Abnormal, diseased physiological processes of various pathological conditions involving the cardiovascular and metabolic systems and their relationship to diet and nutrition. 
Semester: Spring, Summer

3340: Nutrition in the Life Cycle 
Prerequisites: Junior standing. NUTR 2332 
Changes in the nutritional needs from infancy through elderly. Changes in absorption, metabolism and utilization of nutrients throughout the life cycle. 
Semester: Fall, Spring

4312: Nutrition Assessment and Planning 
Prerequisites: Junior standing. NUTR 2332, BIOL 1334, BIOL 1344, CHEM 1331 and CHEM 1332 
Process for determining nutritional status of individuals, including dietary assessment and anthropometric techniques. Emphasis on diet modification, counseling, documentation, and provision of care. 
Semester: Fall, Spring

4333: Medical Nutritional Therapy - Cardiovascular 
Prerequisites: Junior standing. NUTR 4312
Focus will be on the role of diet in cardiovascular and renal diseases, diabetes, obesity, and digestive disorders.
Semester: Fall, Spring

4334: Community Nutrition 
Prerequisites: Junior standing. NUTR 2332 
The assessment of the nutritional needs of population groups. Application of nutritional epidemiology and overview of nutritional programs and interventions available in the community.
Semester: Fall, Spring

4339: Sports Nutrition 
Prerequisites: Junior standing. NUTR 2332 
Exercise physiology/biochemistry and nutritional strategies to enhance performance, before, during and after competition.
Semester: Fall, Spring, Summer

4346: Research in Obesity and Weight Management 
Prerequisites: Junior standing. NUTR 2332, KIN 4310 
contributing factors in obesity; analysis of current research in obesity and weight management; review of dietary approaches to weight control. 
Semester: Fall, Spring

4347: Medical Nutritional Therapy - Metabolic 
Prerequisites: Junior standing. NUTR 4312 
Focus will be on the role of diet in liver, gall bladder, respiratory, cancer, and infectious disease states. Emphasis will also be on the role of nutrition support in the management of these disease states.
Semester: Spring, Spring

4348: Introduction to Nutritional Counseling 
Prerequisite: Junior standing. NUTR 2332
Theories, behavior change models, and approaches used in nutritional counseling. Current knowledge and new developments in nutrition counseling. 
Semester: Fall, Spring

NOTE: Course availability subject to change. It is the student's responsibility for checking class schedules, as not all courses are offered every semester. Prerequisites for courses are to ensure that students have the appropriate academic background to successfully complete that course.

Students who do not have all prerequisites MAY BE DROPPED FROM THE COURSE BY THE INSTRUCTOR.