Undergraduate Contact Information

Foods & Nutrition Program

Monica Luby, M.S., R.D.
DPD Director
Henderson Hall
First Floor
Room 152

Phone: (973) 290-4092
Email: mluby@cse.edu



Graduate Contact Information

Foods & Nutrition Program

Dr. Marie Boyle, RD
Program Chairperson
Henderson Hall
First Floor
Room 150

Phone: (973) 290-4127
Email: mboyle01@cse.edu



Foods and Nutrition

Overview & Mission

Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition

The undergraduate Foods and Nutrition program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills for entry into foods, nutrition and dietetics-related professions or advanced study.  The curriculum is designed to offer two concentrations.  The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is designed for students who wish to enter the profession of dietetics with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD). Students who successfully meet degree and DPD program requirements receive a verification statement that makes them eligible to apply to a dietetic internship program to obtain the credentialing requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian.  The General Studies in Foods and Nutrition (GSFN) is designed to allow students more flexibility in planning their career path. Students are encouraged to combine their FN studies with either a second major or a minor, offering the opportunity for students to expand their personal interests in other health-related areas such as fitness and wellness, nutrition research, public health or opportunities within the food and pharmaceutical industries.

The Program encourages students to adopt an integrated, holistic approach to understanding the food and nutritional needs of individuals, through a rigorous course of study that provides a strong foundation in the sciences and liberal arts. Emphasis on personal enrichment with leadership, social responsibility, service and ethics within a diverse society is central to the Program’s mission.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition Didactic Program in Dietetics concentration is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly, the American Dietetic Association ). 

Combined Degree Program: B.S. in Foods and Nutrition/M.S. in Nutrition

The College of Saint Elizabeth offers a Combined Degree Program (B.S. in Foods & Nutrition/M.S. in Nutrition) offered through the undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) concentration. The M.S. program emphasizes nutrition and health promotion, wellness, leadership, and health advocacy. Eligible undergraduate students can earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in a unique combined program format. Students complete 9 graduate credits in partial fulfillment of the 30 credits required for the M.S. degree in Nutrition during their senior/fourth year of study. These 9 credits also fulfill the DPD concentration requirements. Students interested in the B.S./M.S. program option must meet the program’s eligibility criteria.  Students completing the B.S./M.S. program may apply to the College of Saint Elizabeth Dietetic Internship under a Pre-Select Option. This option is only available to students completing the combined degree program.  

Master of Science in Nutrition

The 30-credit online graduate program in nutrition combines advanced study in nutrition and health promotion with a unique, competency-based curriculum that provides nutrition and health professionals with a broad perspective of current issues in nutrition research and ethics, health promotion and healthy aging, counseling and communications, and public health and program planning. The Program emphasizes ways to incorporate new research and technology, evidence-based applications, and entrepreneurial skills into the practice of nutrition. Students in the MS in Nutrition may choose a concentration in Entrepreneurial Nutrition Practice or Community Nutrition and Wellness or may earn a Certificate in Sports Nutrition and Wellness as part of the degree. The Certificate in Sports Nutrition and Wellness may also be earned independently and is designed to meet the requirements of the American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Instructor Certification. All courses are offered online; some electives may be offered in an accelerated weekend format on campus.

Nutrition professionals develop skills to assume leadership roles in delivering nutrition and wellness-related services in a variety of settings.   The Program prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in business, government, health care, and education.  Graduates work in private practice, nutrition education, school systems, the food and pharmaceutical industries, clinical and corporate research, community organizations, hospitals, public health agencies, work site wellness and health promotion programs, and fitness facilities.

Dietetic Internship Program

The Dietetic Internship Program (DI) provides supervised practice in dietetics to individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and who have completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

After completing the Program, interns receive a verification statement of program completion and are eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).  The Program provides a choice of two concentration areas; Nutrition Education and Counseling (NEC) and Food and Nutrition Business and Communications (FNBC). The Program is designed to ensure training and skills in the practice competencies established for entry-level dietitians.

The Dietetic Internship Program is currently granted continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Statement of Accreditation Status

The Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship Program are currently granted continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and are accredited through 2015.  

ACEND is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This recognition affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND can be contacted at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606 or www.eatright.org.



Student Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Foods in Nutrition

Didactic Program in Dietetics

  1. Prepare students for the professional practice of dietetics through a program that meets ACEND Foundation Knowledge Requirements and Learning Outcomes within a multidisciplinary liberal arts curriculum.
  2. Integrate learning opportunities for students to develop personal and professional ethics and social responsibility required for dietetics practice.
  3. Prepare students with the foundational skills necessary for lifelong learning and to assume roles for continued professional development in dietetics, leadership and service to the community through student advising and active learning experiences.

 

General Studies in Foods and Nutrition

  1. Prepare students in general studies in foods and nutrition which may be combined with another area of study (i.e., business, communication, allied health, or as entry to pre-medical studies, etc) for a special career in foods and nutrition, and preparation for graduate studies.
  2. Integrate foods and nutrition-related learning opportunities for students to develop qualities of personal and professional ethics, social responsibility, service, leadership and an appreciation for lifelong learning.

 

Master of Science in Nutrition

  1. Demonstrate acquisition of knowledge and the ability to evaluate and communicate nutrition information through completion of a capstone experience.
  2. Demonstrate attributes of professional development to be effective and productive citizens and life-long learners in a global society.
  3. Promote professional leadership and ethical practice in a spirit of service to the community.

 

Dietetic Internship Program

  1. Prepare students for entry level positions in dietetics with an emphasis on developing knowledge and practice skills in the concentration area selected; either Nutrition Education and Counseling or Food and Nutrition Business and Communications while meeting the Competencies/Learning Outcomes for Dietetic Internship Programs as established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  2. Provide a supportive environment in which students develop leadership and professional dietetic practice skills through self-assessment of competence in chosen concentration and initiation of draft professional portfolio.
  3. Promote ethical practice in a spirit of service and social responsibility.

Graduates

The professional field of foods, nutrition and dietetics is a dynamic career choice in today’s health and consumer oriented society. This field offers the potential for a wide variety of employment options within the food industry, communications and health-related fields.

Our graduates have developed successful careers in healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry as regulatory affairs specialists or as supermarket specialists, in communications as food writers, in education, community and public health agencies, and in the areas of nutrition counseling, corporate wellness, personal health, lifestyle motivation, and fitness.

Many graduates complete their program requirements to become Registered Dietitians. As RDs they are highly trained and qualified to offer specialized, in-depth medical nutrition and preventive nutritional care to patients and clients. For more information on careers in dietetics please see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at www.eatright.org.

Foods & Nutrition Program


Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition

The undergraduate Foods and Nutrition Program offers two concentrations. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is designed for students who wish to enter the profession of dietetics with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD). The General Studies in Foods and Nutrition (GSFN) is designed to allow students more flexibility in planning their career path. Students are encouraged to combine their FN studies with either a second major or a minor, offering the opportunity for students to expand their personal interests in other health-related areas such as fitness and wellness, nutrition research, public health or opportunities within the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Additional offerings through the DPD concentration: The FN Program offers a combined degree BS/MS program. For returning students, the DPD concentration also offers two routes for students to earn an ACEND DPD Verification Statement. Students may fall under one of the two options: Second degree option for the DPD Concentration or the Certificate Program in Dietetics (non-degree). Please see below.

Didactic Program in Dietetics Core Concentration

  • FN100 Professional Preparation (1)
  • FN200 Introduction to Food Science w/Lab (4)
  • FN210 Basic Human Nutrition (4)
  • FN235 Methods of Nutrition Education (4)
  • FN300 Food Production Systems w/Lab (4)
  • FN320 Nutritional Biochemistry I (4)*
  • FN323 Nutrition in the Life Cycle (4)
  • FN325 Nutritional Biochemistry II (4)
  • FN400 Professional Practice in Dietetics, Foods and Nutrition (1)
  • FN405 Food Science and Experimental Foods w/Lab (4)
  • FN435 Management in Dietetics Practice (4)
  • FN463 Nutrition Research and Communication Seminar (2)
  • FN490 Capstone in Foods and Nutrition (1)
  • FN500 Community Nutrition (3)
  • FN501 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3)
  • FN502 Medical Nutrition Practice I (1)
  • FN503 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)
  • FN504 Medical Nutrition Practice II (1)
  • FN507 Service Learning in Community Nutrition (1)

Total: 53 credits

Related-Requirements for the DPD Concentration

  • BIO117 Human Physiology w/Lab (4)
  • BIO209 Microbiology w/Lab (4)
  • CHEM121 Introductory Chemistry w/Lab (4)
  • CHEM 123 Introductory Organic Chemistry w/Lab (4)
  • BUS121 Accounting and Finance for Health Care Professionals (4)
  • MATH 119 Elementary Statistics (4)
  • SOC – Sociology Elective (4)
  • PSY – Psychology Elective (4)

Total: 32 credits

Total Core and Related-Requirement Credits for the Bachelor in Science in Foods and Nutrition major in the Didactic Program in Dietetics concentration: 85

A grade of "C" or better is required in all major core courses and in the sciences. *FN320 is taught through the Chemistry program.

The DPD concentration provides the foundational knowledge requirements as defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students who successfully complete degree and DPD program requirements receive an ACEND DPD Verification Statement.

General Studies in Foods and Nutrition Core Concentration

  • FN100 Professional Preparation (1)
  • FN200 Introduction to Food Science w/Lab (4)
  • FN210 Basic Human Nutrition (4)
  • FN235 Methods of Nutrition Education (4)
  • FN300 Food Production Systems w/Lab (4)
  • FN320 Nutritional Biochemistry I (4)*
  • FN323 Nutrition in the Life Cycle (4)
  • FN325 Nutritional Biochemistry II (4)
  • FN400 Professional Practice in Dietetics, Foods and Nutrition (1)
  • FN405 Food Science and Experimental Foods w Lab (4)
  • FN463 Nutrition Research and Communication Seminar (2)
  • FN490 Capstone in Foods and Nutrition (1)
  • FN500 Community Nutrition (3)
  • FN507 Service Learning in Community Nutrition (1)

Total: 41 credits

Related-Requirements for the General Studies in Foods and Nutrition Concentration

  • BIO117 Human Physiology w/Lab (4)
  • CHEM121 Introductory Chemistry w/Lab (4)
  • CHEM 123 Introductory Organic Chemistry w/Lab (4)
  • BUS200 Principles of Management and Management Skills (4)
  • BUS121 Accounting and Finance for Health Care Professionals (4)
  • MATH 119 Elementary Statistics (4)
  • SOC – Sociology Elective (4)
  • PSY – Psychology Elective (4)

Total: 32 credits

Total Core and Related-Requirement Credits for the Bachelor in Science in Foods and Nutrition major in the General Studies in Foods and Nutrition concentration: 73

A grade of "C" or better is required in all major core courses and in the sciences. *FN320 is taught through the Chemistry program.

All FN Program course descriptions can be found under the College's Self-Service system.

Requirements for the Minor in Foods and Nutrition

The Foods and Nutrition Program offers students four options for Minors to select from: Medical Nutrition for Health Professionals; Nutritional Sciences; Foods and Nutrition; and Foods, Nutrition and Community Education. Students admitted to any of the Foods and Nutrition Minor options must have achieved a "C" or higher in all prerequisite courses, and must achieve a "C" or higher for all courses in the Minor to advance and/or awarding of the Minor.

Minor in Foods and Nutrition (Total: 20 credits)

  • FN200 Introduction to Food Science w/Lab (4)
  • FN210 Basic Human Nutrition (4)
  • FN320 Nutritional Biochemistry I* (4)
  • FN325 Nutritional Biochemistry II*(4)
  • FN429 Food Science and Experimental Foods w/Lab (4)

Students completing the Foods and Nutrition Minor must meet prerequisites: *CHEM 121 and 123 (or higher).

Minor in Foods, Nutrition and Community Education (Total: 21 credits)

  • FN200 Introduction to Food Science w/Lab (4)
  • FN210 Basic Human Nutrition (4)
  • FN323 Nutrition in the Life Cycle** (4)
  • FN500 Community Nutrition (3)
  • FN507 Service Learning in Community Nutrition (1)

Students must meet prerequisites: **BIO 117 (Optional: CHEM 121 and 123).

Minor in Medical Nutrition for Health Professionals (Total 22-24 credits)

  • FN210 Basic Human Nutrition (4)
  • FN320 Nutritional Biochemistry I* (4)
  • FN323 Nutrition in the Life Cycle** (4)
  • FN325 Nutritional Biochemistry II*(4)
  • FN501 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3)
  • FN502 Medical Nutrition Practice I (1) (optional)
  • FN503 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)
  • FN504 Medical Nutrition Practice II (1) optional

Students must meet prerequisites: *CHEM 121 and 123 or higher; **BIO 117. Students entering this Minor must have a 3.0 GPA or higher in the sciences, be recommended by their major Program Faculty, and must be approved by the DPD Director. This Minor in Medical Nutrition for Health Professionals is designed specifically for students seeking to become health professionals who have an interest in medical nutrition. Students who intend to apply to medical school should comply with all the science and math requirements for admission. This Minor does not award an ACEND DPD verification statement.

Minor in Nutritional Science (Total: 18 credits)

  • FN210 Basic Human Nutrition (4)
  • FN320 Nutritional Biochemistry I* (4)
  • FN323 Nutrition in the Life Cycle **(4)
  • FN325 Nutritional Biochemistry II*(4)
  • FN463 Nutrition Research and Communication (2)

Students completing the Nutritional Science Minor must meet prerequisites: *CHEM 121 and 123 (or higher); **BIO 117.

Requirements for the Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Degree

Eligible undergraduate students can earn a combined B.S./M.S. degree for a total of 141 credits. (Students who are currently completing the combined degree program must follow the catalog year in which they accepted and enrolled in this program option.) Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 undergraduate degree credits and 30 graduate-level degree credits of which 9 credits overlap in partial fulfillment of the combined degree requirements. The Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded upon completion of 120 credits, which must meet all CSE Essential general education and DPD concentration requirements. Students completing the combined degree also fulfill the ACEND DPD Verification requirements. This statement will be issued upon completion of the M.S. degree.

Students interested in the B.S./M.S. program option, must be a major in Foods and Nutrition DPD concentration and meet the program's eligibility criteria.

  • Students must have established junior-level standing, or completion of 76 credits. Generally, this process is met at the beginning of the junior year.
  • Complete the prerequisites to the M.S. in Nutrition program coursework: Human Physiology, Introductory and Organic Chemistry, Nutritional Biochemistry I and II (or the equivalent) and Statistics.
  • Students seeking a first degree through either the Women's College or the Continuing Studies program must show adequate progress towards completion of the CSE Essentials general education program.
  • Hold a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in both College of Saint Elizabeth and all schools attended.
  • Demonstrate academic achievement in the DPD concentration (minimum of 3.2 GPA in the DPD core and sciences), leadership and potential to complete rigorous coursework, to ensure academic success in completion of the M.S. degree requirements.

Students wishing to complete the B.S./M.S. option must apply and be recommended by faculty for formal acceptance. Students wishing to complete this option must do so by no later than June 1st prior to beginning senior year in the fall. Combined degree students should maintain continuous matriculation. This program is designed for full-time enrollment. Students wishing to complete the program on a part-time basis are advised to plan their program carefully to avoid interruptions in course offerings.

Students in the combined degree complete the following DPD concentration credits for graduate credit transfer: FN 501 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 credits), FN 503 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3 credits) and Community Nutrition (3 credits). Students enrolled in the B.S./M.S. must earn a course grade of "B" or better in all courses taken to remain in the combined degree program.

The nine (9) graduate-level DPD concentration credits may only be applied to the M.S. in Nutrition Program and cannot be applied to another graduate program or the Dietetic Internship.

Students accepted into the B.S./M.S. program may apply to the Dietetic Internship Program at the College of Saint Elizabeth under the Pre-Select Option. Guidelines for the pre-select option under the B.S./M.S. program include:

  • Student must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA to be eligible.
  • Application materials may be obtained from the Dietetic Internship Director after September 1st and must be returned by October 1st.
  • Pre-select decisions will be based on the applicant’s overall application packet, including GPA, a writing sample, evidence of work experience, recommendations and interview. Pre-select decisions will be made by the Dietetic Internship Selection Committee and announced by November 1st.
  • Applicants not admitted during this process may apply during the regular application process to this or any other program.
  • Up to six of the dietetic internship slots may be awarded with this option.
  • There is no application fee for this option.
  • Applicants must have a Verification Statement to apply and must complete the MS in Nutrition degree requirements prior to the start date of the dietetic internship program.

Returning Students – Second Degree DPD Concentration and the Certificate Program in Dietetics

Second Degree DPD Concentration

The second degree option is designed for the student who holds a B.A. or a B.S. degree in a non-related field, and requires a minimum of 32 credits to complete the degree and DPD coursework to meet ACEND DPD verification requirements. Students earn a B.S. in Foods and Nutrition.

Interested students must:

  • Apply through the Office of Admission under the Continuing Studies Program/Transfer. Admission requires a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in past college-level studies.
  • Meet the College's requirements for a second degree and enroll as a matriculated student.
  • Complete one four-credit course under the CSE Essentials general education requirements, Element III.
  • Students who have completed their degree requirements outside of the United States must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores and an original educational services transcript that states U.S. degree equivalency. On occasion a copy of the foreign degree may be requested.
  • Have a transcript evaluation of all past colleges attended to determine what courses a prospective student must take, and approximately how long it will take the student to complete the degree requirements. Students completing the program on a part-time basis must plan carefully to ensure prerequisites are met.
  • Coursework requirements towards the DPD concentration will be determined on an individual basis, but must meet a minimum of 24 credits towards the major.
  • Please note that only coursework with a grade of "B" or better for the DPD required and related courses will be accepted for initial transfer. Nutrition courses completed at another institution must have been completed within the past five years in order to transfer. Nutritional Biochemistry I and II and all courses with specific ACEND DPD student learning outcomes must be completed at the College unless specific permission has been provided by the DPD Director or the FN Program Chair.

Qualified students completing the DPD concentration second degree option may wish to consider the B.S./M.S. Combined Degree Program.

Certificate Program in Dietetics (CPD)

The Certificate Program in Dietetics can be found under the Non-degree tab.