HEA302 Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine   

3 semester hour credits

This course is a research-based exploration of clinically relevant CAM practices, detailing the history, philosophy and mechanisms while balancing theory with practical application and methods of treatment for each therapy.  Includes examination of biologically based practices, energy based medicine, manipulative and body-based practices, mind-body practices, whole medical systems, CAM & aging, and aromatherapy.  An online series of streaming videos from The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, as well as a series from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center are utilized as part of the curriculum.


NUT102 Vegetarian Nutrition

3 semester hour credits

A comprehensive overview of the scientific literature addressing the health status (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) and health needs of vegetarians; the basics on beginning a vegetarian lifestyle; review of various vegetarian diets including lacto-ovo, vegan and macrobiotic; risks of a non-vegetarian diet; how vegetarian diets affect nutritional requirements; supplementation for vegetarians; plant food sources of all essential nutrients; meal-planning guidelines for vegetarians throughout the lifecycle and for diabetics, athletes, and those with weight problems; vegetarian guidelines for food preparation and use of grains, legumes, and soy products; practical applications for counseling vegetarians.

NUT220 Sports Nutrition                                                           

3 semester hour credits

The principles of fitness, motivation and conditioning; nutrition for the athlete; stress management; preventing accidents; stretching, posture and aerobics; vitamin and mineral supplementation for fitness; high and low intensity exercise; cross training; walking for weight control; case studies.

Eating Disorders and Weight Management

3 Semester Hour Credits

Causes and physical effects of anorexia and bulimia;  nutritional complications of eating disorders;  profile of individuals with an eating disorder;  approaches to treating eating disorders;  recovering from an eating disorder;  emotional and physical factors related to obesity;  medical conditions related to obesity;  practice counseling session and case studies.

NUT401 Nutrition Counseling Skills                                  

3 semester hour credits

(Prerequisite: Basic Nutrition course)

The psychology of nutrition counseling; evaluating and understanding the client’s attitude; how to illustrate the importance of good nutrition principles; interpreting the counseling session; how to identify and express your feelings toward the client; identifying inappropriate eating behaviors; recognizing dietary misconceptions; interpreting the results of nutrition research; making diet recommendations; applying appropriate strategies to specific problems; evaluating progress and spotting potential failure; utilizing proper counseling techniques; how to use client data forms in counseling; case studies.


NUT403 Geriatric Nutrition                                   

3 semester hour credits

(Prerequisite: Understanding Nutrition II)

This course explores the role of nutrition in the maintenance of health, the management of chronic conditions, and the treatment of serious illness in the elderly. Differing points of view in complementary and alternative nutrition practices will also be reviewed and evaluated.