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B.S./M.S. in Nutrition

B.S./M.S. in NutritionThe Department of Nutrition offers a combined B.S./M.S. degree program. This program is particularly suitable for students who have a baccalaureate degree in another major and have chosen to continue their studies in the field of nutrition. Many students from other majors choose to become Registered Dietitians, and this goal can be met in the combined B.S./M.S. program. Applicants who have completed a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 will be accepted to the program.

The accelerated B.S./M.S. program of 152 credits results in savings of 12 credits from the individual degree programs. Up to four graduate courses will be substituted for upper level undergraduate courses.

The Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.) and is a science-oriented liberal arts foundation for understanding nutrition. Courses in the major include the study of food science, normal nutrition, nutrition during the life cycle, community nutrition, food service management, and medical nutrition therapy. The M.S. program provides the opportunity for advanced study in nutrition. Students can specialize in one of four areas: Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition and Exercise, or Geriatric Nutrition. A core includes nutrition science.

Communications/counseling, biostatistics, research methods, and a library research paper or a research study. Electives enable the student to pursue individual interest. Please see the Graduate Catalog for detailed course descriptions.

ACEND requires that persons entering a Dietetic Internship must have a baccalaureate degree. For those who previously earned a B.S. or B.A. degree, the academic requirements for application to the Dietetic Internship can be met partway through the B.S./M.S. program. The student will be issued an ACEND Verification Statement upon completion of appropriate coursework. A student may then apply to the Dietetic Internship; students are eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) upon completion of the Dietetic Internship. Graduate credits from the Dietetic Internship are applied to the B.S./M.S. degree.

Transcripts will be evaluated by the Academic Advisor to determine transfer credit. Applicants should complete an undergraduate application form. Current students at LIU Post or transfer students should seek advice from the director of the undergraduate program when considering application to this program.