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    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Jun 04, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Jay Whelan, Head
Guoxun Chen, Director of Graduate Studies

Burney, J., PhD – Tennessee
Karlstad, M., PhD – Loyola
Raynor, H., PhD – State University of New York (Buffalo)
Whelan, J., PhD – Penn State

Associate Professors
Chen, G., PhD – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)
Colby, S., PhD – North Carolina (Greensboro)
Hansen-Petrik, M., PhD – Tennessee
Kavanagh, K., PhD – California (Davis)
Spence, M., PhD – Tennessee
Zhao, L., PhD – California (Berkeley)

Assistant Professors
Anderson-Steeves, E., PhD – Johns Hopkins
Bettaieb, A., PhD – University of Quebec (Montreal)
Donohoe, D., PhD – Louisiana State Health Sciences Center (Shreveport)
Miles, A., EdD – Bethel University

Senior Lecturers
Murphy, L., MS-MPH – Tennessee
Wetherall, K., MS – Boston

Emeriti Faculty
Haughton, B., EdD – Columbia
Sachan, D., PhD – Illinois
Skinner, J., PhD – Oregon State

The study of nutrition is heavily grounded in the biological sciences and biochemistry that underlie the understanding of how nutrients and non-nutritive food components contribute to human health and disease. The Nutrition major is designed for students interested in basic and applied health sciences and students are able to pursue one of two concentrations: the Dietetics Concentration and the Basic Science Concentration. Both concentrations include a foundation in the basic sciences and introductory nutrition coursework which is built upon through advanced coursework in nutrient metabolism, nutrition in disease prevention and treatment, community nutrition, and interpretation of nutrition research literature. The Dietetics Concentration is accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400, It includes coursework in nutrition counseling, food science, and foodservice management that prepares graduates to apply for the University’s new M.S. in Nutrition concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics or accredited dietetic internship programs across the country for pursuit of careers as Registered Dietitians (RDs)/Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs). For details on the M.S. in Nutrition concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, see the section in the catalog specific to the Dietetics concentration or see Nutrition program information in the Graduate Catalog. The Basic Science Concentration includes advanced coursework in the basic sciences to prepare graduates for graduate study in biomedical health sciences and, with additional coursework planned with an advisor, provides a solid background for application to a variety of health professional programs. Students interested in preparing for both careers as RDNs and other health professionals should choose the Dietetics Concentration.

uTrack Requirements

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who entered prior to Fall 2015.

Requirements for Transition to Upper Division

Students who have completed 45 hours of coursework and are on track to enter term 5 of either the Basic Science Concentration or the Dietetics Concentration curriculum must apply for transition to upper division courses and faculty advisor assignment. Applications are due May 1 and are available on the CEHHS Office of Advising & Student Services website Students must follow the curriculum and complete the prerequisite requirements on schedule in order to complete the degree program on time. Missed prerequisites may delay graduation by at least one year. In order to graduate with a major in nutrition, regardless of concentration, students must earn a grade of C or better in every required nutrition course plus in prerequisite courses where noted. Minimum requirements to apply for the Master of Science in Nutrition, Concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, an option available to eligible students in the Dietetics Concentration, are higher and are detailed in the Dietetics Concentration section of the Undergraduate Catalog as well as in the Graduate Catalog.

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