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College of Human Sciences

Optimizing Human Performance

Food and Nutrition Science

Bachelor's of Science in Food and Nutrition Science

This major gives students an in-depth understanding of various scientific aspects of nutrition and food. Students study nutrient functions and requirements, metabolism, food quality and safety, the composition and chemical properties of foods, and changes in foods caused by processing, storage and preparation. Besides studying nutrition, food science, biology and microbiology, majors must take physics and complete extensive coursework in organic and analytical chemistry.

About the program

The major has a strong science base that prepares students for job opportunities in the food industry, government agencies, careers in the medical field, and graduate study in the field.

The undergraduate student is usually preparing for an advanced degree with specialization in Food Science or Nutrition and a career in university teaching and/or research, medicine, the food industry, or government. With proper advising, this program can also serve as a pre-medical curriculum.

food lab

The Nutrition and Food instrument laboratory provides a setting for chemical, analytical, and microbiology testing with new and updated equipment. The lab complex also features a new Cold Lab for research requiring constant low temperatures.

Students must complete the following courses in preparation for upper division coursework in the major. All of the following may also apply toward General Education and/or major coursework. Each must be completed with a final grade of C minus or higher unless otherwise noted.

MAC X105 (3) College Algebra
MAC X114 (2) Analytic Trigonometry
MAC X140 (3) Precalculus Algebra
CHM X045/ X045L (3, 1) General Chemistry I, Lab
CHM X046,/X046L (3, 1) General Chemistry II, Lab
HUN X201 (3) Science of Nutrition (“B minus” or higher required)

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of

Students are encouraged to also complete the following during their freshman/sophomore years; each with a final grade of C minus or higher unless otherwise noted.

BSC 2010, 2010L (3,1) Biological Science with Lab
CGS X060 (3) Computer Literacy
CHM X210,/X210L (4) Organic Chemistry I (3 hrs. at FSU)
CHM X211/X211L (3, 1) Organic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry II Lab (3, 3 hrs. at FSU)
ECO X013 (3) Macroeconomics or ECO X023 (3) Microeconomics or ECO X000 (3) Intro. Economics (ECO 2013 preferred)
MCB X004/X004L (3, 1 ) General Microbiology, Lab
PET 3322, 3322L (3, 1) Functional. Anat. and Phys. & Lab or BSC X085, X086 with labs (4,4) or other approved course (C+ or higher in each; including separate labs) contact department about BSC X085/X086 and other approved courses.
PHY X053C (4) College Physics with Lab
PSY X012 (3) General Psychology
STA X122 or STA X023 (3) Statistics

Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major
As a prerequisite for entry into each undergraduate major in the department, students must achieve a grade of B minus or higher in HUN1201. Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, at least half the required General Education hours, including all English composition and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree.

Major Program of Studies

(90 hours)

A grade of C minus or higher must be earned for all required courses (exceptions: B minus in HUN 1201 and C+ in PET 3322, 3322L).

College of Human Sciences core (6 hours)
FAD 2230 (3) Family Relationships
XXX XXXX (3) One additional course from an area of Human Sciences outside the major

Department/Major requirements (27 hours)
FOS 3026, FOS 3026L (3,1) Foods, Lab
FOS 4114C (4) Food Science
FOS 4209 (3) Food Safety and Quality
HUN 1201 (3) Science of Nutrition (B minus or higher required)
HUN 2125 (3) Food and Society
HUN 3224 (3) Intermediary Metabolism I
HUN 3226 (3) Intermediary Metabolism II
PET 3322, 3322L (3,1) Functional Anatomy & Physiology, Lab (C+ or higher required in each)

Requirements outside the College/Department (57 hours)
ECO 2013 (3) Macroeconomics
PSY 2012 (3) General Psychology
MAC 1105 (3) College Algebra (or placement at a higher level)
MAC 1114 (2) Trigonometry
MAC 1140 (3) Precalculus Algebra
MAC 2311 (4) Calculus w/Analytic Geometry
STA 2122 (3) Intro to Applied Statistics or STA 2023 (3) Business Statistics
BSC 2010, BSC 2010L (3,1) Biological Sciences I, Lab (BSC 2010L meets Computer Skills Competency)
MCB 2004, 2004L (3,1) Microbiology, Lab
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) General Chemistry I, Lab
CHM 1046, 1046L (3,1) General Chemistry II, Lab
CHM 2210 (3) Organic Chemistry I
CHM 2211, CHM 2211L (3, 3) Organic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHM 3120, 3120L (2, 2) Introduction to Analytical Chemistry, Lab
BCH 3023, 3023L (3, 1) Survey of Biochemistry, Lab
PHY 2053C (4) College Physics A (with Lab)

Optional Didactic Program in Dietetics
Students wishing to meet the requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) should contact the departmental academic advisor.

Computer Skills Competency (0 hours beyond major) CGS 2060 (3) or BSC 2010L (1). BSC2010L preferred.

Oral Communication Competency (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course; SPC 1017 is suggested.

Minimum Program Requirements – Summary
Min. Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisites 0 beyond requirements for GE and major
Major Coursework 89*
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 beyond other requirements
Oral Competency 0 beyond other requirements
Electives to bring total hours to 120.

* NOTE: Required major coursework should be used to also satisfy General Education requirements where possible.

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