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Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition

BS in Kinesiology

Minor in Kinesiology BS in Nutrition Minor in Nutrition Undergraduate Research

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650 Applied Health Sciences Building (AHSB)
Administration: Main Office, (312) 996-8055
kndept@uic.edu
http://www.ahs.uic.edu/kn
Head, Charles Walter, PhD
East Campus Student Office, (312) 996-4600
337 Physical Education Building (PEB)
Director of Undergraduate Studies,  John Coumbe-Lilley, PhD
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, Karrie Hamstra-Wright, PhD
Director of  Coordinated Nutrition Programs, Jamie Shifley, MS, RD, LDN
Director of Nutrition Science Program, Kirsten Straughan, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD
Academic Advisor, Emily Walker



The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition offers four major concentrations that lead to the Bachelor of Science degree in either Kinesiology or Nutrition.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology:

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition:

 

BS in Kinesiology

The undergraduate program in kinesiology offers two concentrations: 1) Movement Science and 2) Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Both concentrations share the common core forming the body of knowledge for the field of kinesiology. Movement Science places significant emphasis on scientific learning through a series of rich content-related courses combing application of scientific principles. These courses are taught by global leaders in their respective fields with a track record of top research and excellent teaching. Students develop critical thinking, analytical skills, and qualities preparing them for graduate study or professional training. The Exercise Science and Health Promotion concentration prepares students for careers in fitness, medicine, sport, workplace, and public health settings. Students learn how to use and evaluate scientific evidence-based principles in real-world settings. Students develop skills to assess, design, develop, deliver, and evaluate service programs for individuals, groups, and populations. Award-winning, expert teaching faculty emphasize translating science into practice through hands-on learning, independent study, and internship experiences. Students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty on projects and programs on- and off-campus that enhance knowledge, develop skills, and prepare them for their next steps beyond UIC.  The faculty is continually engaged in teaching, research and/or practice, service to the institution, and improving the experience of kinesiology students. The Movement Science and Exercise and Health Promotion concentrations prepare students for graduate, postgraduate professional training, and careers in areas such as medicine, health promotion, worksite wellness, research, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medication, dentistry, pharmacy, personal training, health-related businesses, and other health-related opportunities.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the department as a transfer student must have earned a minimum of 36 semester hours (54 quarter hours) or more at another college or university and must meet the entrance requirements that are specified for transfer students. The minimum transfer grade point average for admission is 2.50/4.00. No more than 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of credit may be accepted as transfer work from a two-year college. Complete transcripts from all postsecondary institutions must be submitted in order to be considered for admission. International students must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT).

Degree Requirements—Both Concentrations

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Applied Health Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

University Writing Requirement          
Courses
Hours
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for
Inquiry and Research
3
Total Hours—University Writing Requirement
6
   
Kinesiology Common Core  
Courses
Hours

KN 100—Kinesiology and Nutrition: First-Year Seminar

2
KN 136Techniques and Principles of Resistance Training
2
KN 152—Introduction to Exercise Science and Health
3
KN 200Statistical Methods
3
KN 251—Human Physiological Anatomy I
5
KN 252—Human Physiological Anatomy II
5
KN 261—Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy
3
KN 335—Exercise Psychology
3
KN 352—Physiology of Exercise
4

KN 361—Biomechanics: Introduction to the Human Machine

3
KN 372—Motor Control and Learning
3
KN 410—Aging and the Motor System
3
HN 196—Nutrition
3
Total Hours—Kinesiology Common Core
42

 

Degree Requirements—Concentration in Movement Science

BS in Kinesiology, Concentration in Movement Science Degree Requirements
Hours
University Writing Requirement
6
Kinesiology Common Core
42
General Education Core Requirements
21
Concentration Required Courses
38
Electives
13
Total Hours—BS in Kinesiology, Concentration in Movement Science
120
   

General Education Core Requirements

 
Courses
Hours
BIOS 100—Biology of Cells and Organismsa
5
PSCH 100—Introduction to Psychologyb
4
Exploring World Cultures coursec
3
Understanding the Creative Arts coursec
3
Understanding the Past coursec
3
Understanding U.S. Society coursec
3
Total Hours—General Education Core Requirementsd         
21

a This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.
b This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category.
cStudents should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.
dSome of the Concentration Required Courses count toward the University minimum of 24 semester hours in General Education Core courses. Please see the course list that follows.

Concentration in Movement Science—Required Courses

Courses
Hours
BIOS 101—Biology of Populations and Communitiesa
5
BIOS 220—Mendelian Genetics
3
CHEM 112—General College Chemistry Ia
5
CHEM 114—General College Chemistry IIa
5
CHEM 232—Organic Chemistry I
4
MATH 180—Calculus Ia
5
   
Choose one of the following two-course sequences:
5
PHYS 105—Introductory Physics I—Lecture (4)a  
PHYS 106—Introductory Physics I—Laboratory
(1)a
 
OR  
PHYS 141— General Physics I (4)a  
PHYS 144—Problem-Solving Workshop for General Physics I (1)  
   

KN 465—Biomechanics of the Neuromusculosekletal Systems

3
KN 472—Movement Neuroscience
3
Total Hours—Concentration in Movement Science Required Courses
38

a This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

Concentration in Movement Science—Electives

Courses
Hours
Free electivesb
13
Total Hours—Concentration in Movement Science—Electives
13

b Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.00 or greater are encouraged to complete the following courses in their senior year as part of the elective course work:

 

Sample Course Schedule—Concentration in Movement Science

Freshman Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
KN 100—Kinesiology and Nutrition: First-Year Seminar
2

KN 136—Techniques & Principles of Resistance Training

2
MATH 121—Precalculus Mathematics
5
PSCH 100—Introduction to Psychology
4
Total Hours
16
   
Spring Semester
Hours
BIOS 100—Biology of Cells and Organisms
5
ENGL 161—Academic Writing I: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
KN 152—Introduction to Exercise Science and Health
3
MATH 180—Calculus I
5
Total Hours
16
 
Sophomore Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
CHEM 112—General College Chemistry I
5
KN 251—Human Physiological Anatomy I
5
KN 335—Exercise Psychology
3
Exploring World Cultures course
3
Total Hours
16
 
Spring Semester
Hours
CHEM 114—General College Chemistry II
5
KN 200Statistical Methods
3
KN 252—Human Physiological Anatomy II
5
KN 261—Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy
3
Total Hours
16
 
Junior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
BIOS 101—Biology of Populations and Communities
5
CHEM 232—Organic Chemistry I
4
KN 352—Physiology of Exercise
4
KN 372—Motor Control and Learning
3
Total Hours
16
   
Spring Semester Hours
HN 196—Nutrition
3
KN 361—Biomechanics: Introduction to the Human Machine
3
KN 410—Aging and the Motor System
3
PHYS 105—Introductory Physics I
OR
PHYS 141—General Physics I
4
PHYS 106—Intro Physics Lab I
OR
PHYS 144—Problem-Solving Workshop for General Physics I
1
Total Hours
14
 
Senior Year
Fall Semester Hours
KN 465—Biomechanics of the Neuromusculoskeletal Systems
3
KN 472—Movement Neuroscience
3
Understanding the Creative Arts course
3
Elective
3
Total Hours
12
 
Spring Semester
Hours
BIOS 220—Mendelian Genetics
3
Understanding the Past course
3
Understanding U.S. Society course
3
Electives
5
Total Hours
14


Degree Requirements—Concentration in Exercise Science and Health Promotion

BS in Kinesiology, Concentration in Exercise Science and Health Promotion Degree Requirements
Hours
University Writing Requirement
6
Kinesiology Common Core
42
General Education Core Requirements 24–26
Concentration Required Courses
30–33
Electives
1318
Total Hours—BS in Kinesiology, Concentration in Exercise Science and Health Promotion
120
   
General Education Core Requirements  
Courses
Hours
BIOS 100—Biology of Cells and Organismsa
5
PSCH 100—Introduction to Psychologyb
4
Exploring World Cultures coursec
3
Understanding the Creative Arts coursec
3
Understanding the Past coursec
3
Understanding U.S. Society coursec
3
One additional Analyzing the Natural World coursecd
3–5
Total Hours—General Education Core Requirements          
24–26

a This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.
b This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category.
c Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.
d A laboratory course is recommended.


Concentration in Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Required Courses
Hours
CHEM 101—Preparatory Chemistrya
OR Placement into CHEM 112
4
MATH 121—Precalculus Mathematics
5
KN 240—Instructional Techniques in Fitness
3
KN 243—Basic Fitness Assessment
3
KN 436—Health Coaching
3
   
Selective courses—Choose three of the following:
9
KN 331—Sport and Exercise Injury Management (3)
KN 345—Exercise Programming (3)
KN 400—Business Principles for the Fitness Professional (3)
KN 401—Applied Skills in Kinesiology (3)
KN 402—Worksite Wellness (3)  

KN 441—Muscle Physiology (3)

KN 442—Principles of ECG Interpretation (3)
KN 448—Modifications in Exercise Programming
KN 465—Biomechanics of Neuromuscular Systems (3)
KN 472—Movement Neuroscience (3)  
   
Experiential Learning—Choose one of the following:    
3–6
KN 393—Undergraduate Internship in Kinesiology (6)  
KN 396—Independent Study in Kinesiology (3 hours, may be repeated for up to 6 hours)b  
KN 398 and 399—Senior Research Seminar & Project (3 hours each)c  
Total Hours—Concentration in Exercise Science and Health Promotion Required Courses
30–33

a If a student places into CHEM 112, the chemistry requirement is waived and an additional 4 hours of electives are taken.
b If a student chooses a 3-hour Experiential Learning option, one additional 3-hour elective will be required.
c Enrollment reserved for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.00 or greater.

Concentration in Exercise Science and Health Promotion—Electives

Courses Hours
Electivesa
1318
Total Hours—Concentration in Exercise Science and Fitness Electives
13–18

b Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.00 or greater are encouraged to complete the following courses in their senior year as part of the elective course work:


Sample Course Schedule—Concentration in Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Freshman Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
BIOS 100—Biology of Cells and Organisms
5
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
KN 100—Kinesiology and Nutrition: First-Year Seminar
2
KN 136—Techniques & Principles of Resistance Training
2
PSCH 100—Introduction to Psychology
4
Total Hours
16
   
Spring Semester
Hours
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
CHEM 101—Preparatory Chemistrya
4
KN 152—Introduction to Exercise Science and Health
3
MATH 121—Precalculus Mathematics
5
Total Hours
15
   
Sophomore Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
KN 200—Statistical Methods in Kinesiology and Nutrition
3
KN 243—Basic Fitness Assessment
3
KN 251—Human Physiological Anatomy I
5
KN 335—Exercise Psychology
3
Total Hours
14
   
Spring Semester
Hours
KN 240—Instructional Techniques in Fitness
3
KN 252—Human Physiological Anatomy II
5
KN 261—Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy
3
Exploring World Cultures course
3
Elective
3
Total Hours
17
   
Junior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
KN 352—Physiology of Exercise
4
KN 361—Biomechanics: Introduction to the Human Machine
3
KN 372—Motor Control and Learning
3
KN Selective course
3
Elective
3
Total Hours
16
 
Spring Semester
Hours
HN 196—Nutrition
3
KN 436—Health Coaching
3
Understanding the Creative Arts course
3
Understanding the Past course
3
KN Selective course
3
Total Hours
15
 
Senior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
KN Selective
3
Analyzing the Natural World courseb
5
Elective
4
Electivec
3
Total Hours
12–15
   
Spring Semester
Hours
KN 410—Aging and the Motor System
3
Experiential Learningc
36
Understanding U.S. Society course
3
Elective
3
Total Hours
12–15

a If a student places into CHEM 112, the chemistry requirement is waived and an additional 4 hours of electives are taken.
b A laboratory course is recommended.
c
If a student chooses a 3-hour Experiential Learning option, one additional 3-hour elective will be required.

Distinction

Departmental Distinction will be awarded to a student graduating with a BS in Kinesiology if the student meets the following criteria:

Distinction: 3.75 to 3.89 UIC GPA

High Distinction: 3.90 or above UIC GPA

Minor in Kinesiology

The Minor in Kinesiology is open to Nutrition majors and to majors from other units and colleges. Students will be allowed to complete the minor area of study within Kinesiology if they meet the minimum GPA of 2.50/4.00 at the time of application. Students must submit a request form at http://www.ahs.uic.edu/currentstudents/forms/. Students outside the College of Applied Health Sciences must also consult their home colleges about acceptability and applicability of Kinesiology course credit toward their degree. Registration for all KN courses is restricted to students in the College of Applied Health Sciences; therefore, students outside the College of Applied Health Sciences seeking a minor will need to register for the courses needed through the academic advisor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition. A minimum GPA of 2.00/4.00 is required for the minor field.

Prerequisites for the Minor
Hours
BIOS 100—Biology of Cells and Organisms
5
Total Hours—Prerequisites for the Minor
5
 
Required Courses for Minor in Kinesiology
Hours
KN 251—Human Physiological Anatomy Ia
5
KN 252—Human Physiological Anatomy IIa  
5
KN 261—Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy
3
 
A minimum of two courses from the following selected with an advisor:
6–7
KN 243—Basic Fitness Assessment (3)  
KN 331—Sport and Exercise Injury Management (3)  
KN 335—Exercise Psychology (3)  
KN 345—Exercise Programming (3)  
KN 352—Physiology of Exercise (4)  

KN 361—Biomechanics: Introduction to the Human Machine (3)

 
KN 372—Motor Control and Learning (3)  
KN 410—Aging and the Neuromusculoskeletal System (3)  
KN 441—Muscle Physiology (3)  
KN 448—Modifications in Exercise Programming (3)  
KN 452—Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)  
KN 460—Neuromechanical Basis of Human Movement (3)  
KN 465—Biomechanics of the Neuromusculoskeletal Systems (3)  
KN 472—Movement Neuroscience (3)  
KN 475—Movement Disorders (3)  
Total Hours—Minor in Kinesiology
19–20

a These courses are required for the BS in Nutrition; Nutrition majors must take substitute courses selected with an advisor to meet the minimum number of Kinesiology course hours required for the minor.


Enrollment Residence Requirement for the Minor

A student must complete at least one-half of the course work required for the minor field in enrollment residence at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

BS in Nutrition

The Coordinated Program in Nutrition is an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited coordinated program. It combines the ACEND required didactic course work with the required supervised practice hours that prepare graduates to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

The Nutrition Science program, an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), provides students with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) required didactic course work. Upon completion of the Nutrition Science Program, students are eligible to apply for an accredited dietetic internship at another institution. After successfully completing a dietetic internship, students are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. This program is also intended for students who do not wish to become registered dietitians, but instead plan to pursue advanced degrees in nutritional sciences, public health, allied health, or a professional degree in medicine.

Coordinated Program Concentration

Currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; phone: (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400; http://www.eatright.org), the Coordinated Program requires students to complete six semesters of full-time study, which includes didactic classroom work in conjunction with over 1200 hours of supervised practice experiences provided at a variety of locations throughout the Chicagoland area.

The Coordinated Program prepares graduates for entry-level positions as dietitians in a variety of employment settings, such as healthcare institutions, government organizations, business, industry, and community health agencies. With experience or advanced education, career opportunities can be found in research, education, or private practice. The employment outlook for dietitians is projected to grow in the twenty-first century.

Dietitians provide nutritional care to people in health and disease throughout the life cycle in accordance with their nutritional requirements and food habits. Dietitians’ activities include the provision of direct inpatient and outpatient services as well as community program planning and evaluation, clinical protocol development, food service management, and research. Therefore, a dietitian must be knowledgeable in the biological and physical sciences, psychology, sociology, education, and management and must have expertise in food habits, food composition, food service, science of food and nutrition, energy and nutrient needs, program development and evaluation, and research methods. Dietitians counsel clients, as well as work with other members of the healthcare team in providing nutritional care in the clinical setting, and work with consumers in wellness programs and community agencies. Management of personnel, budgets, food operations, and consumer-oriented services in the food or healthcare industry are other areas for dietitians.

Nutrition Science Concentration

The Nutrition Science concentration prepares students for a future career as a registered dietitian, as well as for graduate study in nutrition, medicine, public health, other allied health fields, and dentistry. It is currently granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; phone: (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400; http://www.eatright.org) as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The research and teaching is focused on the sciences of nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology and the application of knowledge in these disciplines to the maintenance of health and well-being of humans throughout their lives. The curriculum offers a wide range of courses on the nutritional, epidemiological, and behavioral aspects of human diseases, a broad perspective on human biology (including cultural factors), and a strong clinical orientation. Students who intend to become dietitians may choose to apply for an accredited dietetic internship outside of UIC to be completed post-graduation. 

Transfer Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition programs must meet these minimum requirements:

The applicant’s personal characteristics, motivation, academic background, and work experiences are factors evaluated in selecting candidates for admission into the Coordinated Program through recommendations as well as written and face-to-face interviews.

Degree Requirements—Both Concentrations

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition offers two major concentrations in Nutrition:

The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition degree requirements for both Nutrition concentrations are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Applied Health Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Note: Students who do not place into certain courses or do not carefully plan sequential course work should expect to take summer session courses or possibly take longer than two years to complete the pre-nutrition course work. Students should seek advising from the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition for advice on course planning.

Pre-Nutrition Course Requirements

Courses
Hours
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
COMM 100—Fundamentals of  Human Communication
3
Understanding the Creative Arts courseb
3
Understanding the Past courseb
3
PSCH 100—Introduction to Psychologya
4
SOC 100—Introduction to Sociologyac
3
STAT 130—Introduction to Statistics for the Life Sciences
4
CHEM 112—General College Chemistry Id
5
CHEM 114—General College Chemistry IId
5
CHEM 232—Organic Chemistry Ie
4
CHEM/BIOS 352—Introductory Biochemistry
3
BIOS 100—Biology of Cells and Organismsd
5
BIOS 350—General Microbiologye
3
BIOS 351—Microbiology Laboratorye
2
MATH 121—Precalculus Mathematicsf        
5
HN 110—Foods
3
HN 196—Nutrition
3
Total Hours—Pre-Nutrition Course Requirements
64

a This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category.
b Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list approved courses in this category.
c This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category.
d This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.
e Students are required to complete or be concurrently enrolled in CHEM 130 or CHEM 232 as a prerequisite for these courses. See CHEM 232 course description for more details.
f Completion of MATH 121 may be satisfied through placement exam or CLEP.

 

Degree Requirements—Coordinated Program Concentration

BS in Nutrition—Coordinated Program Degree Requirements
Hours
Pre-Nutrition Course Requirements
64
Coordinated Program Required Courses
76
Total Hours—BS in Nutrition—Coordinated Program
140

 

Pre-Nutrition Course Requirements

See previous section Pre-Nutrition Course Requirements for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Coordinated Program Required Courses

Courses
Hours
HN 200—Nutritional Assessment
3
HN 202—Culture and Fooda
2
HN 300—Science of Foods
3
HN 306—Nutrition Education
4
HN 308—Nutrition Science I
3
HN 309—Nutrition Science II
3
HN 311—Nutrition during the Life Cycle
3
HN 313—Introduction to Community Nutrition
3
HN 318—Genetic, Molecular, and Cellular Mechanisms of Chronic Diseases
3
HN 320—Clinical Nutrition I
4
HN 330—Quantity Food Production
3
HN 332—Food Service Management
2
HN 355—Supervised Practice I
8
HN 420—Clinical Nutrition II
2
HN 422—Clinical Nutrition III
2
HN 440—The Research Process
3
HN 455—Supervised Practice II
15
KN 251—Human Physiological Anatomy I
5
KN 252—Human Physiological Anatomy II
5
Total Hours—Coordinated Program Required Courses
76

a This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category


Sample Course Schedule—Coordinated Program

Junior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
HN 190—Introduction to Dietetics
1
KN 251—Human Physiological Anatomy I
5
HN 200—Nutritional Assessment
3
HN 308—Nutrition Science I
3
Total Hours
12
   
Spring Semester
Hours
KN 252—Human Physiological Anatomy II
5
HN 309—Nutrition Science II
3
HN 330—Quantity Food Production
3
HN 313—Introduction to Community Nutrition
3

HN 318—Genetic, Molecular, and Cellular Mechanisms of Chronic Disease

3
Total Hours
17
   
Senior Year  
Fall Semester
Hours
HN 300—Science of Food
3
HN 202—Culture and Food
2
HN 311—Nutrition during the Life Cycle
3
HN 320—Clinical Nutrition I
4
HN 332—Food Service Management
2
Total Hours
14
   
Spring Semester
Hours
HN 306—Nutrition Education
4
HN 355—Supervised Practice I
4
HN 440—The Research Process
3
HN 420—Clinical Nutrition II
2
HN 422—Clinical Nutrition III
2
Total Hours
15
   
Summer Semester:
Hours
HN 355—Supervised Practice I           
2
HN 455—Supervised Practice II
4
Total Hours
6
   
Fall Semester:
Hours
HN 355—Supervised Practice I
2
HN 455—Supervised Practice II
11
Total Hours
13

 

Degree Requirements—Nutrition Science Concentration

BS in Nutrition—Nutrition Science Degree Requirements
Hours
Pre-Nutrition Course Requirements
64
Nutrition Science Required Courses
56
Total Hours—BS in Nutrition—Nutrition Science
120

 

Pre-Nutrition Course Requirements
See previous section Pre-Nutrition Course Requirements for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Nutrition Science Required Courses

Courses  
Hours
HN 200—Nutritional Assessment          
3
HN 202 —Culture and Fooda
2
HN 300—Science of Foods
3
HN 308—Nutrition Science I
3
HN 309—Nutrition Science II
3
HN 311—Nutrition during the Life Cycle
3
HN 313—Community Nutrition
3
HN 318—Genetic, Molecular, and Cellular Mechanisms of Chronic Diseases
3
HN 320—Clinical Nutrition I
4
HN 420—Clinical Nutrition II
2
HN 440—The Research Process
3
KN 251—Human Physiological Anatomy I
5
KN 252—Human Physiological Anatomy II
5
Electivesb
14
Total Hours—Nutrition Science Required Courses
56

a This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category
b Elective courses will depend upon students’ postgraduation goals.


Sample Course Schedule—Nutrition Science

Junior Year
Fall Semester
Hours
KN 251—Human Physiological Anatomy I
5
HN 200—Nutritional Assessment
3
HN 308—Nutrition Science I
3
Electives
3
Total Hours
14
   
Spring Semester
Hours
KN 252—Human Physiological Anatomy II
5
HN 309—Nutrition Science II
3
HN 313—Community Nutrition    
3
HN 318—Genetic, Molecular, and Cellular Mechanisms of Chronic Disease
3
Total Hours
14
   
Senior Year
Fall Semester
Hours
HN 202—Culture and Food
2
HN 300—Science of Food
3
HN 311—Nutrition during the Life Cycle
3
HN 320—Clinical Nutrition I
4
Electives
3
Total Hours
15
   
Spring Semester
Hours
HN 440—The Research Process
3
HN 420—Clinical Nutrition II
2
Electives
8
Total Hours
13

Distinction

Departmental Distinction will be awarded to a student graduating with a BS in Nutrition if the student meets the following criteria:

Distinction: 3.75 to 3.89 UIC GPA

High Distinction: 3.90 or above UIC GPA

Minor in Nutrition

The Minor in Nutrition is open to majors from other units and colleges, including those in the BS in Kinesiology program, but not those students enrolled in the BS in Nutrition program. Students will be allowed to complete the minor area of study within Nutrition if they meet the transfer-eligibility criteria at the time of application (minimum GPA of 2.50/4.00). Students must submit a request form to the department (AHSB, Room 650). Students must also consult their home colleges about the acceptability and applicability of Nutrition course credit toward their degree. Registration for most HN courses is restricted to students in the department; therefore, students must register through a departmental academic advisor. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50/4.00 is required for the minor field.

Students must take the following courses for a minimum of 18 semester hours:

Nutrition Minor Required Courses

Courses
Hours
HN 110—Foods
3
HN 196—Nutrition
3
HN 200—Nutritional Assessmenta
3
HN 296—Nutrition and Physical Activitya
3
HN 307—Human Nutrition and Metabolismb
3
HN 311—Nutrition during the Life Cyclec
3
Total Minimum Hours—Nutrition Minor
18
   

Students enrolled in the BS in Kinesiology, which
already requires HN 196, must choose between one of the following courses to replace the hours for HN 196:

 
HN 300—Science of Foodsd
3
OR  
HN 202—Culture and Food (2)e
AND
HN 203—Culture and Food Lab (2)
4

aThe prerequisite for HN 200 and 296 is HN 196.
bThe prerequisite for HN 307 is HN 196 and one semester of college chemistry.
cThe prerequisite for HN 311 is HN 307.
dThe prerequisite for HN 300 is HN 110.
eThis course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.

 

Enrollment Residence Requirement in the Minor

A student must complete at least one-half of the course work required for the minor field in enrollment residence at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to participate in research. A guided research project in either concentration can be one of the most valuable experiences of a college education. The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition offers the following opportunities:

Independent Study

KN 396—Independent Study in Kinesiology is designed to be a flexible course allowing juniors and seniors to gain experience in Kinesiology-related research. Taken for 1–3 hours, KN 396 requires close interaction with one or more faculty members over the course of one semester.

Senior Research Seminar and Project

The Senior Research Seminar and Project is offered as a capstone experience to students in both concentrations who have achieved a grade point average of 3.25/4.00 by their senior year of study. Eligible students complete the two-semester sequence by taking KN 398—Senior Research Seminar and KN 399—Senior Research Project. Typically, the first semester is devoted to developing and proposing a topic and obtaining any necessary approvals for the study (e.g., Institutional Review Board). The second semester consists of implementing, writing, and presenting of the research project. Students earn six semester hours of graduation credit. In addition to the grade point average requirement, all Senior Research Seminars and Projects require a faculty mentor.

Summer Research Scholarship

Promising students of sophomore standing or above who have demonstrated an interest in the research of Kinesiology faculty may apply to receive a Summer Research Scholarship. Recipients of the award will work closely with a principal investigator and graduate students in a Kinesiology laboratory on a project designed by the student and faculty member. Depending on the length and nature of the research experience, the scholarship may include a stipend, tuition waiver, graduation credit, or some combination of the three. If the student and faculty member desire, the work accomplished during this experience may be later developed into the student’s Senior Research Seminar and Project.

 

Professional Certifications

Courses in the Exercise and Fitness concentration have been developed to assist students in becoming certified as health and fitness professionals by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the American Council on Exercise. For information on certification, please see each organization’s website.