Nutrition Emphasis

Graduates from this emphasis will be prepared to pursue graduate training in many disciplines within the biomedical sciences, especially nutrition or physiology. Students who wish to become a Registered Dietician can do so by completing an accredited didactic program in dietetics at the graduate level, and an approved dietetic internship program. The nutrition emphasis also offers outstanding preparation for premedical or pre-physician assistant students who are interested in understanding the mechanisms by which diet influences health and disease. In addition, this emphasis will prepare graduates for career opportunities as a laboratory technician. Because it is impossible to design one curriculum to fulfill the requirements of every graduate school or career choice, it is the student’s responsibility, in consultation with an advisor, to see that requirements are met for the graduate schools or careers in which the student is interested.

Program Advisors: S. Nizielski, C. Nochera, D. Lown

1. General University Degree Requirements
As identified in the General Academic Policies section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog. (A listing of these courses can be found here)

2. Required Biomedical Sciences Courses
  • BMS 105 Basic Nutrition
  • BMS 208 Human Anatomy
  • BMS 212 Introductory Microbiology
  • BMS 213 Introductory Microbiology Lab
  • BMS 290 Human Physiology
  • BMS 291 Human Physiology Lab
  • BMS 301 Introduction to Research in the Biomedical Sciences
  • BMS 306 Advanced Human Nutrition
  • BMS 307 Advanced Clinical Nutrition
  • BMS 404 Community Nutrition
  • BMS 407 Nutrition in the Life Cycle
  • BMS 415 Nutrition and Physical Performance
  • BMS 495 Concepts in Wellness (Capstone)
3. Required Cognate Courses
  • BIO 120 General Biology I
  • BIO 355 Human Genetics OR
  • BIO 375/376 Genetics (lecture & lab)
  • CHM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHM 116 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHM 232 Biological Chemistry OR
  • CHM 461 Biochemistry I
  • CHM 241 Organic Chemistry For Life Sciences I
  • CHM 242 Organic Chemistry For Life Sciences II
  • MTH 122 College Algebra
  • MTH 123 Trigonometry
  • PHY 220 General Physics I
  • PHY 221 General Physics II
  • STA 215 Introductory Applied Statistics


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