Undergraduate Mission and Program Goals
The mission of the undergraduate program is to provide students with a didactic program that covers the breadth of knowledge in nutrition, from molecules to organisms to populations; provides opportunities for research; and offers practical experiences and training.
Upon completion of the undergraduate degree in nutritional sciences, a student will be able to demonstrate key components of content knowledge; analytical, integrative, and critical-thinking skills; and communication, interpersonal, and social skills that include:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of chemical, biochemical, microbiological, and physiological disciplines as they affect food and nutrition.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of nutrients and food in human health, disease prevention, health promotion, and medical nutrition therapy.
- Comprehend the interrelationships between macro- and micronutrient intakes as they impact human health in normal and disease states.
- Have an appreciation for the diversity of nutrition programs that exist to disseminate food and nutrition-based guidance.
Analytical, Integrative, and Critical Thinking Skills
- Utilize critical thinking skills in the interpretation and application of research methodologies.
- Integrate biological and psychological knowledge with social and economic aspects of the environment and examine how they individually and collectively affect nutrition.
- Foster the development of skills necessary to understand, interpret, and apply nutrition research.
Communication, Interpersonal, and Social Skills
- Demonstrate technical and scientific oral and written communications skills.
- Use current and emerging technologies for information and communications to enhance the practice and delivery of nutrition information and care in a professional manner.
- Demonstrate sound personal and professional attitudes and values that foster professional responsibility and leadership skills.
- Demonstrate the readiness to deal effectively with current and future professional issues and challenges.