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Nutrition is defined as the branch of science that deals with nutrients and nutrition, particularly in humans. Nutrition is a very popular and common major to take, especially at San Diego State. Not only is it very popular, but it is very informative not only to learn about your health, but the health of others. SDSU offers a large variety of courses in nutrition, making the option for classes very diverse. Here is all you need to know about the nutrition major.

#1 The Major

The major in foods and nutrition offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary study of the nature and quality of the food supply and the nutritional requirements for health in people. Students take core sequences of coursework in the areas of nutrition, food science, and food management founded on prerequisite courses in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physiology, accounting, management, and the behavioral and social sciences. Course emphasis in the major is placed upon the composition, properties, quality, and safety of foods and food ingredients; the relationships of metabolism and utilization of nutrients in food by the human body to health and disease states; influences of exercise and fitness; the physiological basis for diet therapy; nutrition problems in the community; and organization, management and operation of food service facilities. This major is planned for students interested in qualifying professionally for diverse careers in the fields of dietetics, food service management, and food industries. The accredited didactic program in foods and nutrition allows students eligibility for membership in the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and for post-baccalaureate dietetic internships or preprofessional practice programs. Students must be admitted to and complete satisfactorily a post-baccalaureate program and pass the ADA Registration Examination prior to qualifying for registration as dietitians.

 

#2 Faculty

Emeritus: Boggs, Cooke, Dickerson, Josephson, Spindler Director: Kolkhorst
Professor: Kern
Associate Professors: Beshgetoor, Hong

Assistant Professor: Hooshmand-Yazdi Lecturers: Lane, Rupp

 

#3 Impacted Program

The foods and nutrition major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the foods and nutrition major, students must meet the following criteria:

A. Complete the following courses (or the irequivalents): Nutrition 201, 203, 205; Biology 100, 100L, 211, 211L, 212; Chemistry 100, 130, 160; Economics 201 (or Statistics 250); Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 200; Psychology 101; Sociology 101. A grade of C or higher must be earned in Chemistry 100 and 130. These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);

B. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

 

#4 Preparation for Major

Nutrition 201, 203, 205; Biology 100, 100L, 211, 211L, 212; Chemistry 100, 130, 160; Economics 201 (or Statistics 250); Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 200; Psychology 101; Sociology 101. (43 units)

These prerequisite courses may not be taken Cr/NC. A grade of C or higher must be earned in Chemistry 100 and 130.

 

 #5 Writing Assessment

Passing the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10 or completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements” section for a complete listing of requirements.

 

In conclusion, nutrition is a great major to choose. It is not only very interesting, but you will attain a lot of knowledge if you choose this major. SDSU offers a large variety of courses in nutrition, so you will never get bored. Also, with nutrition as your major, you can get a lot of different jobs that will allow you to be successful. Overall, this major is great and you are bound to learn a lot!

 

 


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Josy Lopez


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