Nutrition Sciences (BS)

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Health and Human Services
Degree Level
College of Nursing and Health
Sample Plan

Nutrition sciences is the science of nutrition and so by its nature, it encompasses other scientific disciplines including biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. It is also the study of how food and nutrients affect the human body requiring study of food science, anatomy, and physiology. The program's curriculum highlights foundational knowledge and skills as well as overall concepts, values, research methods, and applications that could prepare you to pursue a variety of career opportunities in health care and nutrition science-related industries. The ultimate objective of Nutrition Science is to understand how nutrition can play a role in health and disease prevention and focuses on building content knowledge and skills in the broad areas of nutrition science and health care.

Viterbo University's nutrition and dietetics degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), an affiliate for the professional organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606. 



Learning Outcomes
  • Scientific and Evidence Base of Practice: Integrate scientific information and translation of research into practice
  • Professional Practice Expectations: Knowledge of beliefs, values, attitudes ,and behaviors for professional practice
  • Clinical and Customer Services: Develop and deliver information, products, and services to individuals, groups, and populations
  • Practice Management and Use of Resources: Strategically apply principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations
  • Provide nutrition education to community groups for health promotion and disease prevention using a variety of technology
    Complete one Franciscan Values and Traditions course (VUSM-100 level course). Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Living in a Diverse World course. Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Social Justice and Equity course.
    Complete one The Ethical Life course (VUSM-400 level).
    Complete three credits of historical analysis.
    Complete three credits of literary analysis.
    Complete four credits of scientific reasoning in the natural sciences.
    Complete three credits of scientific reasoning in the social sciences.
    Complete three credits of artistic engagement.
    Complete three credits of theological inquiry.
    Complete three credits of integrating faith and practice.
    Complete three credits of philosophical and moral inquiry.
    Complete 11 credits of natural science and/or mathematics. (Courses that qualify for Scientific Reasoning in the Natural Sciences or Quantitative Literacy credit within the LIVE program may also count toward the total.)
    Complete a minimum of 40 upper division credits (300/400).
    Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits.

Undergraduate Student Enrollment in Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics

Students seeking to meet the requirements for the registered dietitian nutritionist credential can apply to the Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics (MSCMD) program for provisional admittance. Students should complete all admission requirements for the MSCMD by Oct. 1 of senior year first semester and submission of their final undergraduate transcript required upon completion of their bachelor degree program. Provisionally admitted students could enroll in a maximum of nine graduate credits (provided availability of seats). Refer to the Undergraduate Student Enrollment in Graduate Course policy in this catalog. Students interested in this opportunity should contact the MSCMD Program Director.