CAP500 Capstone Project
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: All other courses in the B.S. program)

Capstone Project is the culminating experience of the B.S. in Nutrition or B.S. in Integrative Nutrition degree program. This course allows students to conduct an in-depth exploration of a topic of professional interest through the completion of a required research paper. Students are encouraged to select a topic for a formidable project that will result in deeper professional knowledge and expertise for career advancement in nutrition.

HEA201 Environmental Challenges and Solutions
3 semester hour credits

Environmental Challenges and Solutions covers the scope and severity of environmentally triggered illnesses, including comprehensive effects that common pesticides and toxic chemicals have on health. Additional topics include chemical sensitivities, chemical questionnaires, effects of pesticides, protection from toxic chemicals, alternative cleaning supplies, and case studies.

HEA302 Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine
3 semester hour credits

Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a research-based exploration of clinically relevant practices, detailing the history, philosophy, and mechanisms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This course covers the balance of theory with practical application and methods of treatment for each therapy. Additional topics Include examination of biologically based practices, energy-based medicine, body-based practices, mind-body practices, whole medical systems, aging, and aromatherapy. Online streaming videos from The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center highlight key concepts.

NUT224 Eating Disorders and Weight Management
3 semester hour credits

Eating Disorders and Weight Management explores causes and physical effects of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. This course covers common signs and symptoms, nutritional complications, eating disorder recovery, and the role of practitioners in the effective treatment of eating disorders.

NUT301 Vitamins and Minerals
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Understanding Nutrition I)

Vitamins and Minerals presents a comprehensive review about each vitamin and mineral, including its function, deficiency symptoms, disease prevention, disease treatment, dietary sources, and safety. This course provides information to help students gain an understanding of the importance of optimal nutrient status and how the use of dietary supplements may help meet nutritional needs.

NUT401 Nutrition Counseling Skills
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Understanding Nutrition I)

Nutrition Counseling Skills explores positive and effective communication techniques, the psychology of nutrition counseling, and behavior change theory. This course covers motivational interviewing principles, wellness coaching protocols, and formulation of recommendations. Students practice nutrition counseling through contact with mock clients, learning to establish clients with use of intake forms, determine client needs, monitor progress, and make necessary adjustments to facilitate success.

NUT576 Food and Culture
3 semester hour credits

Food and Culture is a comprehensive study of the dietary habits and behaviors of different cultures with specific focus on vegetarian nutrition. It explores factors that influence food selection, the effects of food habits, and the nutritional status and problems unique to specific ethnic groups.