BS NUTRITION AND MEDICAL SCIENCES

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What is the Nutrition and Medical Sciences Major?

The Nutrition and Medical Sciences major is designed to focus on building a strong science foundation focused in biology, physiology, and chemistry. The integration of science and nutrition through the Nutrition and Medical Sciences major will successfully prepare you to pursue an advanced degree in nutrition, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, or other related health professions. If preparing for an advanced degree, students can access the Center for Health Profession Studies for further advisement and peer mentorship.

Additionally, the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition offers majors in Nutrition and Dietetics and Applied Nutrition. The option to combine the Nutrition and Medical Sciences and the Nutrition and Dietetics major is available to students who want to conduct nutrition research or apply to a dietetic internship.

Career Opportunities for Nutrition and Medical Sciences Major Graduates

Depending upon the advanced degree, Nutrition and Medical Sciences graduates can achieve careers as a physician, physician assistant, dentist, pharmacist and physical therapist. This major can also lead to a career in laboratory research in pharmaceutical or food industries, local and state public health departments, the government, or academia.

Nutrition and Medical Sciences Curriculum

The Nutrition and Medical Sciences major requires students to take foundational sciences like biology, chemistry and physiology early in their academic career. In Junior and Senior year there is a greater focus on advanced sciences and nutrition courses that are clinically focused. The following plan is only one example: not every student will take every course in the same order.

Freshman Year
BISC207 Introductory Biology I (4) BISC208 Introductory Biology I (4)
CHEM103 or 107 General Chemistry (4) CHEM104 or 108 General Chemistry (4)
MATH221 Calculus (3)
or MATH241 Analytic Geometry and Calculus (4)
UNIV101 First Year Experience (3)
NTDT103 Intro to Nutrition Professions (1) Breadth of Multicultural Elective (3)
NTDT200 Nutrition Concepts (3) ENGL110* Seminar in Composition (3)

* Grade of C- or better required

Sophomore Year

CHEM321 Organic Chemistry I (3) CHEM322 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHEM325 Organic Chemistry Lab I (1) CHEM326 Organic Chemistry Lab II (1)
NTDT250 Intro to the Nutrition Care Process (3) CHEM214* Elementary Biochemistry (3)
ANFS305* Food Science (3) CHEM216* Elementary Biochemistry Lab (1)
Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3) NTDT 201* Food Concepts (3)
Social and Behavioral Science Elective (3) Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)

* Grade of C- or better required

Junior Year

BISC276* Human Physiology (4) BISC300 Introduction to Microbiology (4)
ECON100 Economic Issues & Policies
or ECON101 Intro to Microeconomics (3)
STAT200 Basic Statistical Practice
or STAT408 Statistical Research Methods (3)
NTDT305* Nutrition in the Lifespan (3) NTDT Elective* 300-level or higher (3)
NTDT400* Macronutrients (3) NTDT401* Micronutrients (3)
PHYS201 Introductory Physics I (4)

* Grade of C- or better required

Senior Year

NTDT450* Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3) NTDT451* Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)
NTDT403 Senior Nutrition Seminar (1) NTDT421* Nutritional Assessment Methods (3)
NTDT Elective* 300-level or higher (3) Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) (3)
Social and Behavioral Science Elective (3) Social and Behavioral Science Elective (3)
Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)  Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)
Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)

* Grade of C- or better required

Students should review the pre-admission requirements for post-undergraduate programs to ensure they complete all required courses. Students are encouraged to contact the Center for Health Profession Studies and those considering careers in medicine or dentistry are encouraged to apply to the Medical-Dental Scholars Program.

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete 120 credits and meet specific requirements as outlined in the University of Delaware catalog. Each semester’s courses will vary depending on the student’s background and academic preparation. The average number of credits per semester ranges from 14-17. Winter and summer sessions can help lighten the loads of regular semesters. To learn more about the suggested course sequence for Nutrition and Medical Sciences majors click here.