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Human Nutrition

Bachelor of Science

With more than a century of history, Winthrop University’s human nutrition program is the only program in South Carolina offering a bachelor’s in both dietetics and health promotion, an online master’s in human nutrition and a dietetic internship program. The faculty of the Department of Human Nutrition at Winthrop are devoted to innovative teaching practices to ensure that students are equipped to be leaders in the field of nutrition and dietetics. We embrace the many aspects of nutrition and dietetics such as foodservice management, sports nutrition, community nutrition, sustainable agricultural through our students driven community garden and food pantry, and medical nutrition therapy. Graduates from this program are sought after by local and regional employers due to their well-rounded educational background which is very hands on and skill development focused.

Curriculum & Learning Opportunities

The Human Nutrition program at Winthrop University is student focused, innovative and creative. It embraces all aspects of nutrition and dietetics from basic food skills to the latest practices in medical nutrition therapy. Students are exposed to not only developing entry level nutrition and dietetic professional skills but also skills in critical thinking, community outreach and research. Our students who apply to post-baccalaureate supervised practice programs over the past three years are 100% matched. Once the best match rates in the country.

    Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition - Didactic Program in Dietetics Option

    ACEND Accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics

    Students completing Winthrop University's Didactic Program in Dietetics meet or exceed the minimum academic requirements of the Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The address and phone number of ACEND are: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400.

    ACEND  Didactic Program in Dietetics verification from Winthrop University requires completion of the BS degree in Human Nutrition with a minimum grade point average of 3.2 in major courses and an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0.  While students may graduate with a B.S. degree in Human Nutrition, only students meeting the above criteria  will receive an ACEND Verification Statement,  which allows graduates to apply to ACEND accredited dietetic internship programs.

    General Education

      Semester Hours
    ACAD 101                                                    Principles of the Learning Academy                       1
    Shared Skills and Proficiencies  
    Writing and Critical Thinking    
    WRIT 101



    HMXP 102

    Human Experience


    CRTW 201

    Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing


       Oral Communiation

    Met in the major with NUTR 428



    see approved list


       Intensive Writing

    Met in major with NUTR 494


       Constitution Requirement

    see approved list; may be met with other requirement      


       Physical Activity

    see approved list 1

    Thinking Critically Across Disiplines
    Global Perspectives

    see approved list


    Historical Perspectives

    see approved list


    Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives
    Social Scieince

    see approved list; must include 2 designators


    Humanities and Arts see approved list; must include 2 designators 6

    Quantitative Skills and Natural Sciences (3 courses)
       Quantitative Sklls * See approved list; 3-4
    Nature Science

    Met in major with CHEM 105 & NUTR 221



    Requirements in Major
    NUTR 221/222
    Human Nutrition, Intro to Nutr lab 4
    NUTR 226
    Orientation to Dietetics 1
    NUTR 227
    Medical Terminology 1
    NUTR 229
    Nutritional Assessment 2
    NUTR 231/232
    Food Composition/Lab 4
    NUTR 321
    Nutrition Metabolism 3
    NUTR 371
    Food & Nutrition Mgmt I 3
    NUTR 380
    Nutrition Education Theory & Practice 3
    NUTR 421 Nutrition through the Life Span 3
    NUTR 423/424 Food Science Principles, Sensory, Objective Eval of Food  4
    NUTR 427 Medical Nutrition Therapy I  4
    NUTR 428 Community Nutrition 3
    NUTR 471
    Food & Nutrition Mgmt II  3
    NUTR 490A
    Practicum Experience 1
    NUTR 494 Seminar in Human Nutrition 3
    NUTR 521
      Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism
    NUTR 527 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 4
    NUTR 580 Nutrition Counseling 2
    BIOL 213/214 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II 8
    BIOL 311 Microbiology lecture 3
    CHEM 104,105,108 Chem & Problem Solving, General Chemistry, Lab 9
    CHEM 310 Essentials of Organic Chemistry 3
    MATH 141 Finite Probability Statistics 3
    Foreign Language Requirement   3-8
    General Electives   0-5
    Total   120


    Students completing the required program in BS Human Nutrition must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at or above the second semester college-level. This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 102 or any course with 102 as a prerequisite. 

    +Highly recommend MATH 151. Students are required to take the MATH Placement Test.

    At least 32 semester hours of NUTR courses above the 299 level must be completed at Winthrop University. A maximum of 12 hours of NUTR-equivalent courses above the 199 level may be transferred into the major from another ACEND-accredited institution with approval from the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Any additional transfer hours must be approved by the DPD Director, Department Chair, and Nutrition faculty.  No credit will be accepted for NUTR courses greater than ten years old.

    For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.



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