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
General Education and Pre-Nutrition Course Requirements65
Nutrition Science Required Courses38
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. Visit the department website for additional information and directions on becoming a nutrition science major.

General Education and Pre-Nutrition Course Requirements

These are required prerequisites for many of the Nutrition Science Core courses and therefore, should be completed within the first two years of the program.

Required Courses
KN 100Kinesiology and Nutrition: First Year Seminar2
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 110Biology of Cells and Organisms d4
MATH 110College Algebra f4
HN 110Foods3
HN 196Nutrition3
KN 251Human Physiological Anatomy I5
KN 252Human Physiological Anatomy II5
Total Hours65

Degree Requirements—Nutrition Science Concentration

Nutrition Science Required Courses

Required Courses
HN 201Essentials of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health Assessment3
or HN 302 Nutritional Assessment
HN 202Culture and Food a2
HN 300Science of Foods3
HN 306Nutrition Education3
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 I3
HN 420Clinical Nutrition II3
HN 423Nutrition Counseling3
HN 440The Research Process3
Total Hours38


Electives a
Select 17 hours of Elective courses.17
Total Hours17

Sample Course Schedule—Nutrition Science

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
Fall SemesterHours
KN 100 Kinesiology and Nutrition: First Year Seminar 2
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
BIOS 110 Biology of Cells and Organisms 4
CHEM 122 General Chemistry I Lecture 4
CHEM 123 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
Understanding the Creative Arts course 3
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
CHEM 124 General Chemistry II Lecture 4
CHEM 125 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MATH 110 College Algebra 4
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry I 4
KN 251 Human Physiological Anatomy I 5
HN 196 Nutrition 3
PSCH 100 Introduction to Psychology 4
Spring Semester
KN 252 Human Physiological Anatomy II 5
COMM 100 Fundamentals of Human Communication 3
CHEM 352 Introductory Biochemistry (Same as BIOS 352) 3
HN 110 Foods 3
Understanding the Past course 3
Junior Year
Fall Semester
HN 201
Essentials of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health Assessment
or Nutritional Assessment
HN 202 Culture and Food 2
HN 308 Nutrition Science I 3
HN 318 Genetic, Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Chronic Diseases 3
Electives 3
Spring Semester
HN 309 Nutrition Science II 3
HN 313 Introduction to Community Nutrition 3
HN 306 Nutrition Education 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 3
Electives 5
Spring Semester
HN 440 The Research Process 3
HN 420 Clinical Nutrition II 3
HN 423 Nutrition Counseling 3
Electives 4
 Total Hours120