BS in Nutrition, Nutrition Science Concentration

Degree Requirements—BS in Nutrition, Nutrition Science Concentration

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition degree requirements for the Nutrition Science concentration are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Applied Health Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Pre-Nutrition Course Requirements65
Nutrition Science Required Courses55
Total Hours120

Degree Requirements—Both Concentrations

Note: Students who do not place into certain courses or do not carefully plan sequential course work should expect to take summer session courses or possibly take longer than two years to complete the pre-nutrition course work. Students should seek advising from the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition for advice on course planning.

Pre-Nutrition Course Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
COMM 100Fundamentals of Human Communication3
Understanding the Creative Arts course b3
Understanding the Past course b3
PSCH 100Introduction to Psychology a4
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology a,c3
CHEM 122General Chemistry I Lecture4
CHEM 123General Chemistry Laboratory I d,e1
CHEM 124General Chemistry II Lecture4
CHEM 125General Chemistry Laboratory II d,e1
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM/BIOS 352Introductory Biochemistry3
BIOS 100Biology of Cells and Organisms d5
MATH 121Precalculus Mathematics f5
HN 110Foods3
HN 196Nutrition3
KN 251Human Physiological Anatomy I5
KN 252Human Physiological Anatomy II5
Total Hours65

This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category.


Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list approved courses in this category.


This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category.


This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.


General Education credit is given for successful completion of both CHEM 122 and CHEM 123 or CHEM 124 and CHEM 125.


Completion of MATH 121 may be satisfied through placement exam or CLEP.

Degree Requirements—Nutrition Science Concentration

Nutrition Science Required Courses

Required Courses
HN 200Nutritional Assessment3
HN 202Culture and Food a2
HN 300Science of Foods3
HN 308Nutrition Science I3
HN 309Nutrition Science II3
HN 311Nutrition During the Life Cycle3
HN 313Introduction to Community Nutrition3
HN 318Genetic, Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Chronic Diseases3
HN 320Clinical Nutrition I4
HN 420Clinical Nutrition II2
HN 440The Research Process3
Electives b23
Total Hours55

This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category


Elective courses will depend upon students’ postgraduation goals.

Sample Course Schedule—Nutrition Science

Plan of Study Grid
Junior Year
Fall SemesterHours
HN 200 Nutritional Assessment 3
HN 202 Culture and Food 2
HN 308 Nutrition Science I 3
Electives 5
Spring Semester
HN 309 Nutrition Science II 3
HN 313 Introduction to Community Nutrition 3
HN 318 Genetic, Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Chronic Diseases 3
Electives 5
Senior Year
Fall Semester
HN 300 Science of Foods 3
HN 311 Nutrition During the Life Cycle 3
HN 320 Clinical Nutrition I 4
Electives 4
Spring Semester
HN 440 The Research Process 3
HN 420 Clinical Nutrition II 2
Electives 9
 Total Hours55