Associate Professor: K. Baldwin, J. Gran-Henriksen, A. Stamatis
Assistant Professors: A. Durant, C. Gregoire, T. Vance
Chairperson: Jorunn Gran-Henrksen, Associate Professor
Nutrition and Dietetics Program
As a nutrition major, you will learn how to help people use food and nutrition to promote health and well-being, as well as manage disease and optimize quality of life. You can choose between two tracks.
The Dietetics Track is a traditional Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). It is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and meets the academic requirements for registered dietitian-nutritionist (RD or RDN) or dietetic technician (DTR) status. To take the RD registration exam, attainment of the college degree must be followed by supervised professional experience obtainable through ACEND-approved or accredited programs such as a dietetic internship. Students may apply for internship admission in the senior year.
The Food & Nutrition Track allows you to combine nutritional science with you specific professional interests, such as pursuing a relevant minor or preparing for pre-medical or pre-accelerated nursing programs, and more.
The mission of the Nutrition Program is to prepare skilled and competent students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, graduate studies, or employment in the field of food and nutrition.
Practicum and internship candidates are expected to follow the external and professional practicum guidelines appropriate to their discipline. (Please refer to specific department/program student/internship manual for details.)
Fitness and Wellness Programs
The department offers a major in Fitness and Wellness Leadership, minors in Coaching and Personal Trainer, and a wide variety of elective courses in wellness, personal fitness, physical education activities, coaching, and American Red Cross certification programs.
The Fitness and Wellness Leadership Major is an extensive interdisciplinary program with five areas of concentration: wellness/fitness leadership, practical clinical experiences/rotations, business administration and fitness management, personal training laboratory, and preparation for certification testing by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The major provides a balance of strong content knowledge, hands-on practical projects, clinical rotation experiences, and internship opportunities that prepare students for employment as personal trainers, fitness professionals, health/fitness managers, and fitness business owners working in a wide-range of health and fitness settings. In addition, students majoring in Fitness and Wellness Leadership are prepared to complete a minor in marketing and/or in business and to enter graduate school programs.
Admission to the Fitness and Wellness Leadership Major is competitive and is contingent upon academic qualifications. Approximately 30 students are accepted into the major each year. Three units of high school science are required for incoming freshmen.
Physical education offerings encompass wellness, fitness improvement, and skill development with an emphasis on lifetime sports courses. Only four (4) credit hours of PED activity courses (100-PED 194 ) may be used toward a degree.
Theory courses cover wellness, coaching specific sports, coaching psychology, American Red Cross CPR, first aid, lifeguarding, science of exercise, fitness programing, and principles of athletics in education. The department also administers the intercollegiate program, intramurals and recreation, and the Fitness Center. (See the student life and student services section of this catalog.)
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