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Nutrition

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Overview

Nutrition Minor (12 Credit Hours)

This minor provides an opportunity for the student to develop proficiency in the highly popular field of nutrition. Intended for students of all majors, this minor can be used for personal or professional development. Health professions majors will find this minor particularly beneficial as the health care field continues its focus on an integrated approach to treating the whole person.

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
DTC 210

Food and Culture

This two-credit course will introduce the student to the study of the social, cultural, and psychological factors which influence food selection. Cultural eating patterns and nutrition-related health problems of various ethnic and racial groups will be explored. An introduction to basic food preparation and culinary techniques will be used to further investigate food choices of various cultures. An emphasis will be placed on the strong influence of culture on food attitudes and behaviors which affects the counseling strategy of the health care professional. The effect of globalization on food selection and health will be studied. Assignments address current research regarding food and culture and encourage the student to explore nutrition practices of culturally diverse clients. This course consists of one lecture hour and two lab hours. Open to all majors; required course for dietetics majors.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

2
DTC 327

Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

This three-credit course will examine nutritional needs and issues throughout the life span with special emphasis on preconception, pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence and aging. Normal nutrition topics and nutrition-related conditions and interventions will be studied for each stage of the life cycle. Nutrient needs and recommendations will be addressed as well as age-related physiological changes. Specific attention will be given to current public health issues and model public food and nutrition programs. Current evidence-based practice recommendations will be covered with use of position papers by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and American Academy of Pediatrics. This course consists of three lecture hours.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: (DTC-306) or (NTR-325)

3
DTC 328

Nutrition for Fitness & Athletic Perform

This two-credit course will introduce the student to the integrated science of nutrition and exercise physiology. The course will explore macro- and micronutrient needs as related to energy demands, cellular function, and growth, maintenance, and repair. Students will explore how optimal nutrition is essential for optimal performance. The course will focus on scientifically sound, evidence-based practice and examine sources of unsound sport nutrition recommendations. Assignments will allow students to gain a greater understanding of the energy requirements of exercise as well as the barriers to increased physical activity. This course consists of two lecture hours.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: (DTC-306) or (NTR-325)

2
DTC 425

Diet Therapy

This course examines nutrition and diet therapy, including nutrition assessment, the physiological and biochemical bases of nutrition care, therapeutic diets, medications and herbal supplements. Topics include nutrition intervention for diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, eating disorders, GI diseases and promoting healthy eating. The emphasis of this course is the practical application of subject matter in the clinical setting.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: (DTC-306) or (NTR-325)

2
DTC/NTR

One Elective from DTC 306 or NTR 325

Choose one elective from DTC 306 or NTR 325
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