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Nutrition and Food Science (B.A.)

This curriculum allows students to major in nutrition and food science while following a broader program in liberal arts, science, and business. The degree requires a less rigorous background in chemistry and other natural science courses than is required for the B.S. degree in this discipline. Employment opportunities include sales, customer relations, university or school food services, industrial and commercial food service systems, hospitals, nursing homes or extended care food service operations.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University. Students contemplating a major program in Nutrition and Food Science should consult with the undergraduate Departmental advisor as soon as possible, and no later than the beginning of the sophomore year. Transfer students should consult with the undergraduate departmental advisor during the semester prior to their transfer.


Program Requirements

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major  requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements

Course requirements for this bachelor’s degree consist of courses offered by Wayne State University and courses available from local community colleges on a dual enrollment basis with the University. Requirements are as follows:

University Core Courses
BIO 1510
BIO 1511
Basic Life Mechanisms
and Basic Life Mechanisms Laboratory
BIO 2200Introductory Microbiology5
CHM 1100General Chemistry I4
CHM 1130General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 1240Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 1250Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 2220Organic Chemistry II4-5
or BIO 2870 Anatomy and Physiology
ECO 2010Principles of Microeconomics3-4
MGT 2530Management of Organizational Behavior3
NFS 2030Nutrition and Health3
NFS 2130Introductory Food Science3
NFS 2140Introductory Food Science Laboratory1
NFS 2220Nutrition Laboratory1
NFS 3230Human Nutrition3-4
NFS 4150Advanced Food Science3
NFS 4160Food Laws and Regulations3
NFS 4230Macronutrient Metabolism3
NFS 4231Human Nutrition: Micronutrients3
NFS 5250Nutrition and Disease4
NFS 5350Organization and Management of Food Service Systems4
NFS 6850Controversial Issues2
PSY 1020Elements of Psychology3
STA 1020Elementary Statistics3
Total Credits68-71

Community College Courses

Candidates for the degree may complete a course in one of the following areas: sanitation, food management, quantity food purchasing, and quantity food production. As many as four credits from  these courses can be applied to the degree either by transfer from previous community college work or by concurrent  enrollment with a local community college. For an approved list of courses from area institutions, consult the Department.

Nutrition and Food Science Honors Program

Admission: A minimum grade point average (g.p.a.) of 3.3 is required for enrollment in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science Honors program. Prospective Honors students should consult with an advisor in the Department during the freshman year. Transfer students or others with a Nutrition and Food Science g.p.a. of 3.5 may be accepted into the program without having taken the NFS 3230 Honors section.

Honors Requirements

  1. Enroll in the Honors section of NFS 3230.
  2. Complete at least one HON 42XX seminar.
  3. Complete at least three credits in an independent research project (NFS 5990).
  4. Complete at least fifteen credits in honors-designated course work, including the above. The additional course work may be obtained in this department by taking an Honors option of upper-level NFS courses, or in any other department of the College.

Students must have an overall grade point average of 3.3 and maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 in the major to be awarded the Honors Degree.

'AGRADE’ Program (Accelerated Graduate Enrollment)

Qualified seniors in Nutrition and Food Science having not less than a 3.5 g.p.a. may enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate and graduate program and apply a maximum of sixteen credits towards both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition and food science. Students may apply for the program as soon as they complete ninety credits towards the undergraduate degree. Graduate courses taken as part of the ‘AGRADE’ Program are assessed undergraduate rate tuition. Contact the Department for further information.

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