BS in Nutrition and Dietetics
There is increasing evidence that what we eat affects our health and quality of life. Nutrition is the science that examines dietary factors and their relationship with public health. Dietetics involves understanding and meeting people’s nutritional needs in health and disease through proper nutrition assessment, counseling and nutrition support at the individual and community level.
What Will I Learn?
Upon successful completion of the program, you should be able to:
- Integrate evidence-based guidelines and research findings in nutrition practice and care.
- Conduct research projects using the appropriate indicators, measures, and methodologies.
- Demonstrate counseling and communication skills sufficient for entry in pre-professional practice.
- Demonstrate professional and inter-professional teamwork skills.
- Comply with the principles supported by the governance of dietetics practice.
- Develop professional attributes and a portfolio that are adapted to serve in diverse professional and community organizations.
- Perform the nutrition care process and use standardized nutrition language.
- Apply health education and behavioral changes theories and techniques.
- Demonstrate successful management of available resources and integrate the promotion of nutritional well-being with cultural needs.
- Implement quality management and business theories in the provision of services.
- Successfully manage food service establishments and apply principles of food safety.
- Perform activities related to public policy and health care systems.
Graduates of this program can pursue careers/specializations in the following areas:
- Healthcare facilities
- Beauty and Sports centers
- Nongovernmental organization (NGOs)
- Ministries of Health, Education, Economy, or Agriculture
- International organizations (FAO, WHO …)
- Food industries
- Catering companies
- Graduate studies (human nutrition, food technology, public health, etc.)
* Nutrition graduates may also wish to become credentialed dietetic professionals after completion of NUT500, passing the Dietetics Colloquium exam by Ministry of Education and Higher Education and obtaining the Lebanese Dietetic Licensure from Ministry of Public Health.
You must complete a total number of 96 credits, and can be completed in three years by those entering as sophomores.
- Major courses: 44 credits
- Other major requirements: 24 credits (including 19 credits that are also counted as Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Curriculum Z Electives from the Natural Sciences and Mathematics category)
- LAS Curriculum Z Core: 6 credits
- LAS Curriculum Z electives: 21 credits (Digital Cultures:3 credits; Change Makers: 6 credits; Social Sciences: 3 credits, including PSY 201 OR PSY 202; Any LAS course with a minimum of 3 credits in Arts and Humanities: 9 credits)
- Computer skills: 1 credit
Major Courses (44 credits)
|NUT201||Fundamentals of Human Nutrition||3|
|NUT313||Food Analysis Lab||1|
|NUT335||Foodservice and Safety Management||3|
|NUT346||Quantity Food Production||2|
|NUT356||Nutrition Status Assessment||2|
|NUT368||Food Processing Lab||1|
|NUT379||Food Microbiology Lab||1|
|NUT401||Advanced Human Nutrition||3|
|NUT422||Medical Nutrition Therapy I||3|
|NUT423||Medical Nutrition Therapy I Lab||1|
|NUT424||Medical Nutrition Therapy II||3|
|NUT425||Medical Nutrition Therapy II Lab||2|
|NUT430||Nutrition in Life Cycle||3|
|NUT445||Counseling Communication Skills||2|
|NUT468||Management Systems in Dietetics||2|
|NUT499R||Senior Study Research in Nutrition||3|
* Nutrition and nursing students should take the restricted section of Nut 201 and not the elective section.
|CHM200||Essentials of Chemistry*||3|
|BIO201||General Biology I*||3|
|BIO201B||General Biology I Lab||1|
|BIO260||Human Anatomy and Physiology*||3|
|BIO261||Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab||1|
|CHM310||Basic Organic Chemistry*||3|
|CHM313||Organic Chemistry Lab I||1|
|NUT222||Microbiology in Nutrition*||3|
|BCH300||Essentials of Biochemistry||3|
Computer Skills (1 credit)
* These are also counted as part of the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Curriculum Requirements.
Licensure for Dietetics Practice
In order to be eligible to pass the National Colloquium Examination at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) and obtain the Lebanese licensure for Dietetics practice (LD), BS in Nutrition graduates need to conduct a dietetic supervised practice at the dietetics department of a Lebanese healthcare facility that is approved by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). Accordingly, Nutrition graduates can enroll in the LAU Dietetic Internship Program (DIP) upon meeting certain progression criteria.
Please note that the BS in Nutrition and DIP do not lead to New York State certification. Dietitians licensed in Lebanon do not have the authority to independently engage in the ordering of medical nutrition therapy in New York or other states in the USA.
*Students enrolled before fall 2018 can refer to the LAU Academic Catalog of 2017-2018 for the curriculum.