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Overview

Ever read the side of a box of cereal and wonder what the heck niacin is and why you need it? If you majored in Nutrition, you'd know that it's a part of the Viatmin B complex, which helps prevent pellagra, just one of many diet-linked diseases whose butts you'll learn how to kick.

Nutrition, as a science, is concerned with the ways in which the food we eat affects our physical well-being. Nutritionists are not only our fitness guides, reminding us of how much or how little we should be eating. They're interested in helping us understand the relationship between our diets and health.

A blend of several of the sciences, including chemistry, biology, and anatomy, Nutrition involves identifying the nutrients that are necessary for growth and sustaining life. Nutrition majors help determine the way nutrients interact with one another, and precisely how much of any given nutrient is needed under various environmental conditions.

Interlinked with the other sciences, nutrition majors fulfill all of the requirements of a pre-medicine program, providing a broad background in each of the disciplines necessary to entering a career in health or medicine.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM

  • Advanced Human Nutrition

  • Animal Cell Physiology

  • Biochemistry

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Data Analysis

  • Fundamentals of Human Nutrition

  • Introductory Physiology

  • Math

  • Molecular Genetics

  • Nutrition: The Life Cycle

  • Nutritional Therapy

  • Organic Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Physiological Basis for Food

  • Quantitative Analysis


HIGH SCHOOl PREPARATION

If you are interested in studying Nutrition take as many courses as possible in chemistry, biology, and math, as well as home economics and health classes.