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University of Pittsburgh    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Nov 15, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nutrition Sciences, BS (EFFECTIVE FALL 2019)

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Beginning in Fall 2019, the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition will offer an undergraduate Bachelor of Science program in Nutrition Science.  Graduates will be able to apply the science of food and nutrition to the well-being and health of people.  Graduates of the Nutrition Science program will be able to implement the knowledge and skills learned in industry, government, academia and NGOs. This may include working on food and nutrition labeling laws, creating better food products and supplements and helping to educate others about the importance of nutrition. In addition, graduates of the BS in Nutrition Science program will be prepared to further their education in the health professions including professional graduate programs in nutrition, medicine, and dentistry among others. Students interested in this program will apply in the Spring Term of 2019 to begin as juniors in the Fall Term of 2019.   This program does not meet the eligibilty requirements for Registered Dietitians (RD). For students desiring to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) please refer to the Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Contact Information

Samara Joy Nielsen, PhD, MDiv
Program Director, Nutrition Sciences
Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition
School of Health and Rehabilitatioin Sciences
4035 Forbes Tower
Fax: 412-383-6636

Admissions Selection Criteria Include:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 (based on 4.0)
  • A minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5
  • A minimum grade of C- in all courses designated as prerequisites taken at the University of Pittsburgh; a C or better is required for courses taken elsewhere.
  • Submission of one letter of recommendation (college instructor/professor, recent supervisor, or academic advisor preferred)
  • Submission of a personal statement discussing why the applicant is interested in the program and the field of nutrition science, career goals, and any work or volunteer experience in the field.

Please note that admission is competitive.  Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

Prerequisites for Admission                                                             

  1. Foundations of Biology 1, BIOSC 0150  
  2. Foundations of Biology Lab 1, BIOSC 0050  
  3. Foundations of Biology 2, BIOSC 0160  
  4. Foundations of Biology Lab 2, BIOSC 0067  /BIOSC 0068  
  5. Introduction to Microbiology, BIOSC 1850  *
  6. Microbiology Lab, BIOSC 1855  
  7. General Chemistry 1 with Lab, CHEM 0110  
  8. General Chemistry 2 with Lab, CHEM 0120  
  9. Organic Chemistry 1, CHEM 0310  
  10. Organic Chemistry 2, CHEM 0320  
  11. Organic Chemistry 2 Lab, CHEM 0345  
  12. English Composition, ENGCMP 0200  
  13. Research Writing or Intensive Writing Course, ENGCMP 0450  
  14. Algebra or Higher Math, MATH 0031  
  15. Introduction to Psychology, PSY 0010  
  16. Genetics, BIOSC 0350  **
  17. Statistics, STAT 0200  or STAT 1000  
  18. Introduction to Human Nutrition, HRS 1006  or NUTR 1006  
  19. Introduction to Physics 1, PHYS 0110  
  20. Introduction to Physics 2, PHYS 0111  
  21. Introduction to Lab Physics, PHYS 0212  

Note - Courses in italics are not prerequisites for our program but are strongly suggested for students because they are prerequisites for other professional degrees.

* Students can also take HRS 1025  Introduction to Microbiology instead of BIOSC 1850  or they can take NUR 0031  Microbiology and NUR 0032  Microbiology Lab instead of BIOSC 1850  /BIOSC 1855  

** Genetics can be taken prior to entering the program or after having entered the program

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