Individual paths to a degree in Biobehavioral Nutrition and Wellness will vary by person. You will need to earn 120 course hours total, with a course load per semester ranging from 13 - 16 hours, to earn your degree. Below is an example of what your four-year path could look like.

*You are required to take NTR 222 before taking any other NTR courses above that level (i.e. NTR 232, 300, etc).

Freshman Year

First Term

  • EH 101: English Composition I - 3 hours
  • Core Area III: MA 106 or higher (Pre-Calculus Trigonometry) - 3 hours
  • CH 115: General Chemistry I - 3 hours
  • CH 116: General Chemistry I Lab - 1 hour
  • NTR 121: Well-Being and You - 3 hours
  • Freshman Year Experience: HRP 101 or equivalent - 2 hours

Second Term

  • EH 102: English Composition II - 3 hours
  • BY 123: Introductory Biology I - 4 hours
  • BY 123L: Introductory Biology Lab - 0 hour
  • NTR 201: Healthy People Healthy Planet - 3 hours
  • PY 101: Introduction to Psychology - 3 hours
  • CH 117: General Chemistry II - 3 hours
  • CH 118L: General Chemistry II Lab - 1 hour

Sophomore Year

First Term

  • CH 235: Organic Chemistry I - 3 hours
  • CH 236: Organic Chemistry I Lab - 1 hour
  • NTR 222: Nutrition and Health - 3 hours
  • Core Area II: Literature course - 3 hours
  • PY 305 or PY 420: Medical Psychology - 3 hours
  • Core Area II or Area IV: based on sequence - 3 hours

Second Term

  • BY 261: Introduction to Microbiology - 4 hours
  • BY 261: Introduction to Microbiology Lab - 0 hour
  • *NTR 320: Nutrition and the Consumer - 3 hours
  • BY 115: Human Anatomy - 4 hours
  • Core Area II or Area IV: based on sequence - 3 hours

Junior Year

First Term

  • BY 116: Introductory Human Physiology - 4 hours
  • *NTR 232: Lifecycle Nutrition - 3 hours
  • CMST 101: Public Speaking - 3 hours
  • Approved Statistics: course three - 3 hours
  • CHHS 141: Personal Health & Wellness - 3 hours

Second Term

  • *NTR 300: Nutrition Communication: From Science to Consumer - 3 hours
  • *NTR 330: Nutrition and Metabolism - 3 hours
  • *NTR 421: Nutritional Assessment and the Nutrition Care Process - 3 hours
  • Core Area IV: based on sequence - 3 hours
  • Elective - 3 hours

Senior Year

First Term

  • *NTR 444: Nutrition and Chronic Disease - 3 hours
  • *NTR 433: Health Technology Systems and Nutrition Informatics - 3 hours
  • *NTR 420: Nutritional Genetics - 3 hours
  • Elective or Approved Physics - 3 hours
  • Elective - 3 hours

Second Term

  • *NTR 490: Senior Capstone Experience - 4 hours
  • *NTR 450: Translational Research in Biobehavioral and Nutrition Science - 3 hours
  • Core Area II: Fine Art - 3 hours
  • Elective or Approved Physics - 3 hours
  • Core Area IV: History course - 3 hours

NTR Course Descriptions

NTR 121: Well-Being and You (3 credit hours)

How do you define well-being? More than freedom from disease, well-being involves a dynamic journey to improve and maintain your physical and mental health. In NTR 121 you’ll engage in experiential learning to understand the myriad social, environmental, and cultural influences on your eating and activity habits. You’ll build mindfulness and coping skills, and set goals to achieve a healthier you. Think of NTR 121 as your guide to becoming stronger and more resilient as you embark on your college career.

NTR 201: Healthy People, Healthy Planet (3 credit hours)

Do you have complete control over your health? If you think about it, many factors – your friends and family, your community, the government, and even the earth itself – play a role in your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. If you want better health for yourself and for others, you need an in-depth understanding of these complex relationships. In the Healthy People, Healthy Planet class, you’ll learn how to create effective community programs and interventions that work within a wholistic ecological framework for healthier people and a healthier planet.

NTR 222: Nutrition and Health (3 credit hours)

Introduction to principles of nutrition; essential nutrients and their relation to growth, maintenance, and optimal functioning of the body; dietary recommendations to promote wellness and prevent chronic disease.

NTR 232: Lifecycle Nutrition (3 credit hours)

Role of nutrition and dietary factors on the growth, development, and maintenance of health throughout the human life cycle. Nutritional guidelines/recommendations, special nutritional needs, physiology, and nutritional health concerns for each stage of the human lifecycle, from preconception through adulthood and aging.
*Prerequisite: NTR 222 [Min Grade: C]

NTR 300: Nutrition Communication: From Science to Consumer (3 credit hours)

Nutrition information is everywhere from websites to doctors’ offices, from Facebook to best-selling books, from television to twitter. But not all of it is accurate or useful to consumers. In this class, you’ll learn to accurately interpret nutrition research including study design and statistics. You will then learn how to develop nutrition messages and education materials across a variety of media including presentations, social media, written education materials, and video.
*Prerequisite: NTR 222 [Min Grade: C]

NTR 320: Nutrition and the Consumer (3 credit hours)

Contemporary nutrition topics that affect consumers, such as dietary supplements, food additives, food safety, food, genetically modified organisms in foods & integrative medicine. Techniques to communicate nutrition information to consumers.
*Prerequisite: NTR 222 [Min Grade: C]

NTR 330: Nutrition and Metabolism (3 credit hours)

Metabolism and functions of nutrients after mixed meal intakes, including USDA MyPlate, low-carbohydrate or low-fat diets; biosynthesis of vitamins and co-factors and whole food sources; human requirements for energy, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins; food fortification; current human nutritional challenges and diseases.
*Prerequisite: NTR 222 [Min Grade: C]

NTR 420: Nutritional Genetics (3 credit hours)

How behavioral practices, environmental influences, and genetic makeup interact to influence individual preferences and responses to foods. Models to incorporate the interaction of these factors in developing potential strategies to prevent disease and achieve better nutritional health.
*Prerequisite: NTR 222 [Min Grade: C]

NTR 421: Nutrition Assessment and the Nutrition Care Process (3 credit hours)

Introduction to the Nutrition Care Process (NCP), a systematic approach to providing high-quality nutrition care. The NCP provides a framework for critical thinking and decision making. Gain factual knowledge, learn to apply course material through case study application, and explore fundamental principles in medical nutrition related content areas.
*Prerequisite: NTR 222 [Min Grade: C]

NTR 433: Health & Wellness in the Information Age (3 credit hours)

We live in an information society. From the campus rec center to corporate wellness, from the school lunchroom to the hospital ICU, success depends on information. So using technology to find, evaluate, and share accurate information is a critical skill for health and wellness professionals. In this course, you’ll develop the skills you need to master healthcare informatics and provide the best care to patients, clients, and the community.
*Prerequisites: NTR 222 [Min Grade: C]

NTR 444: Nutrition in Wellness and in Chronic Disease (3 credit hours)

What do heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and stroke all have in common? Not only are they the top causes of death in the U.S., but they are associated with health behaviors – including nutrition. Healthy diets and other lifestyle changes help people prevent disease and can even support treatment for many of the chronic diseases Americans face. In NTR 444, you will learn about the mechanisms underlying these diseases and the important role of nutrition and other health behaviors in prevention and treatment.
*Prerequisite: NTR 222 [Min Grade: C]

NTR 450: Translational Research in Biobehavioral and Nutrition Science (3 credit hours)

Are you interested in the role translational science plays in developing clinical practice guidelines and health-related policies? The policy makers rely on nutrition and biobehavioral scientists for the basic science, clinical efficacy and effectiveness research, and methods for dissemination and implementation. In NTR 450, you’ll learn about scientific evidence across the spectrum from basic research to clinical research, and finally to implementation studies you can use to ensure the science gets translated accurately into actionable messages for the public.
*Prerequisite: NTR 222 [Min Grade: C]

NTR 490: Senior Capstone Experience in Biobehavioral Nutrition and Wellness (3 credit hours)

The Senior Capstone Experience allows you to weave everything you’ve learned about biobehavioral nutrition and wellness into a final comprehensive project. You’ll work in groups to integrate and apply your knowledge, culminating in a paper or experiential learning project. You’ll complete this course in the last semester (or year) of your degree.