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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutrition Major, BS in Health and Human Sciences – Biomedical Nutrition Science Concentration – Five-Year BS/MS


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For qualified students, the Department of Nutrition offers a 5-year BS/MS accelerated degree program with a major in Nutrition and a concentration in Biomedical Nutrition Science. Central to this program is that a qualified student may take up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both the BS degree and the MS degree. Students will be considered for conditional admission to the program by the end of their junior year of undergraduate study at UT. Students can choose from a non-thesis option or a thesis option, based on their original research. Those who choose the thesis option will begin working on their research project not later than the beginning of their senior year of undergraduate studies by enrolling in NUTR 493  and/or NUTR 499 . For each student in the program, a graduate advisory committee composed of a minimum of three faculty members must be established before completion of Term 7. To be considered for conditional admission to the program:

  • A student must be a declared Nutrition major, Biomedical Nutrition Science Concentration, with a minimum GPA of 3.30, must have completed at least 15 credit hours of Nutrition courses, and must have completed at least 90 credit hours of the 120 credit hours of coursework required for the BS degree with a major in Nutrition.
  • A student must provide three letters of support from Nutrition faculty members serving on the graduate and undergraduate committees
  • A student must obtain a commitment from a Nutrition graduate research faculty member to serve as their graduate mentor-advisor (i.e., major professor) and as the chair of their graduate advisory committee.
  • The Department may consider other relevant factors such as an applicant’s work experience and level of maturity before conditionally admitting a student to the BS/MS program. Conditional admission of a student into the 5-year BS/MS program must be approved by both the Department of Nutrition and the Graduate School. Students will be typically informed of the outcome of their application before they start their senior year of undergraduate study.

Any graduate course taken before satisfying all requirements for the BS degree must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate School. These graduate courses must be identified in advance in consultation with the undergraduate advisor and the graduate advisory committee.

A student that is conditionally admitted to the BS-MS program may complete up to 9 credit hours of graduate level coursework during the student’s undergraduate study and apply those 9 credit hours to satisfy both the BS degree requirements and also the MS degree requirements, provided that these graduate credit hours were approved by both the Department and by the Graduate School.

The form “Nutrition Conditional Admission 5 Year BS-MS” is available from the Director of Graduate Studies and must be completed and signed by the undergraduate advisor, undergraduate coordinator, and graduate advisory committee by May 1 of their junior year. After review by the Department, the form will be signed by the Director of Graduate Studies and submitted to the Graduate School for approval and processing.

To receive graduate credit for the 9 credit hours listed on the Nutrition Conditional Admission Form and approved by their graduate advisory committee, and others granting approval by signing that form, the student must complete and submit the Senior Requesting Graduate Credit Form to the Graduate School. If the graduate courses are to be taken during different semesters, the student will need to submit this form per each relevant semester.

Conditional admission into the BS/MS program does not guarantee acceptance into either the Graduate School or the MS program. Students in the BS/MS program must submit an application for admission to the Office of Graduate Admissions and to the MS program during their senior year of undergraduate study for the term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate study, following the same procedures of all other student applicants. Students will be fully admitted to the MS program after they have been accepted both by the Graduate School and by the Nutrition Department. Students will not be eligible for graduate assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.

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.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Sciences – Nutrition Major – Biomedical Nutrition Science Concentration – Five-Year BS/MS


Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
CHEM 122 * and CHEM 123 *, or CHEM 128  4 2.6 cumulative GPA
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118  3  
1,2Professional/Unrestricted Elective 3  
NUTR 100  3  
BIOL 150 * or BIOL 158   3  
Term 2
CHEM 132 * and CHEM 133 *, or CHEM 138  4 CHEM 122 * and CHEM 123 *
ENGL 102  3  
3,4Professional/Quantitative Reasoning  Elective* 3  
BIOL 160 * or BIOL 168  3  
BIOL 159  2  
Term 3
BCMB 230   5 CHEM 132 * and CHEM 133 *
15CHEM 260   3  
EEB 240   4  
BIOL 220   3  
Term 45
NUTR 216 * 2 BCMB 230  
16CHEM 360   4  
BIOL 240   3  
5NUTR 302   3  
CLAS 273   3  
Term 5
6Professional/Unrestricted Elective 2 CHEM 260  
5NUTR 311   4  
STAT 201 * or STAT 207  3  
PSYC 110 * or PSYC 117  3  
ENGL 295 * or ENGL 360  3  

Term 6 - Students interested in completing the 5-year BS/MS program MUST complete and submit the “Nutrition Conditional Admission 5 Year BS-MS” form available from the Director of Graduate Studies by May 1st of their junior year.

BCMB 311   3 No milestones
1,7,8Professional/Unrestricted Elective or NUTR 493  or NUTR 499   3  
1,5NUTR 315   2  
1.5NUTR 321   1.5  
1.5NUTR 322   1.5  
1,5NUTR 314   3  
1,5NUTR 320   2  
Term 7
1,9Global Citizenship – US  Elective* 3 No milestones
CMST 240 * or CMST 247  3  
1,5,10,11Expanded Perspectives  Elective* or 17Graduate level course  3  
1,5,10,11,12,13Professional/Expanded Perspectives  Elective* or 17Graduate level course or NUTR 493  or NUTR 499   3  
1,9Arts and Humanities  Elective* 3  
Term 8
1,5,10,11Unrestricted Elective or 17Graduate level course 6 No milestones
1,5,10,11,13,14Unrestricted Elective or 17Graduate level course or NUTR 493  or NUTR 499   6  
1,5NUTR 420 * 2  
1,5,9,18Engaged Inquiries Elective * 1  
TOTAL 120  
1 Select any courses not already required for the major.
2 Students pursuing pre-med/pre-health track MUST take MATH 119  to satisfy the course prerequisites for MATH 123 * or MATH 125 *.
3 Select any Quantitative Reasoning * courses not already required for the major. 
4 Students pursuing pre-med/pre-health track MUST take MATH 125 *, MATH 141 *, or MATH 147 *. These courses also satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning * requirement.
5 Must be taken at UTK.
6 Students pursuing pre-med/pre-health track MUST take PHYS 221 *.
7 Students pursuing pre-med/pre-health track MUST take PHYS 222 *.
8 Students pursuing pre-med/pre-health are encouraged to take NUTR 493  or NUTR 499 .
9 Select courses from the Volunteer Core * list.
10 Unrestricted Elective: students must take six credits from any courses on the approved Arts and Humanities *, Social Sciences *, Global Citizenship – International *, or Global Citizenship – US * lists to satisfy the 6 credit hours Expanded Perspectives * Electives requirement. If this requirement has been already satisfied, students may take other courses not already required for the major. NUTR and upper division (300-400 level) courses are recommended. Choose from: ANSC 320 ANSC 330 , ANSC 380 , BCMB (any 200+); BIOL (any 200+); CFS 210 *, CFS 211 , CFS 213 , CFS 240 , EEB, FDSC (any except FDSC 100 *, FDSC 442 , and FDSC 490 ), KNS (any 200+); MICR, NUTR (any; NUTR 412 , NUTR 415 *, and NUTR 416  are recommended), PSYC 301 , PSYC 370 , PSYC 385 *, PSYC 445 , PSYC 450 , PSYC 459 PSYC 461 ,   PUBH 202 , PUBH 315 , PUBH 401 , or PUBH 420 .
Alternative electives may be considered with approval of the director of the major.
11 Students accepted into the 5-year BS/MS program must take 9 credit hours of graduate level courses from the Nutrition Master’s core courses list instead of their senior undergraduate unrestricted electives and have them count toward both the BS degree and the MS degree. The selected course(s) must be approved by the student’s Graduate Committee and the Director of Graduate Studies.
12 Must take six credits from any courses on the approved Volunteer Core  Expanded Perspectives * list (Arts and Humanities *, Social Sciences *, Global Citizenship – International *, or Global Citizenship – US *) to satisfy the 6 credit hours Expanded Perspectives * Electives requirement. Students pursuing pre-med/pre-health track must take SOCI 120 *, which satisfies 3 of the 6 Expanded Perspectives * Electives requirement.
13 Students accepted into the 5-year BS/MS program-Thesis option must take at least 3 credit hours of NUTR 493  or NUTR 499  during their undergraduate coursework.
14 Students pursuing pre-med/pre-health or the biomedical research track are encouraged to take NUTR 493  or NUTR 499  if all professional requirements are satisfied. Students may take no more than 6 credit hours of NUTR 493  and no more than 3 credit hours of NUTR 499  for the whole program.
15 Students pursuing pre-med/pre-health track MUST take the lab class (CHEM 269 ) associated with CHEM 260 .
16 Students pursuing pre-med/pre-health track MUST take the lab class (CHEM 359 ) associated with CHEM 360 .
17 The selected course must be approved by the Student’s Graduate Committee and the Departmental Director of Graduate Studies.
18 The course should have a Prefix other than NUTR.

 * Satisfies Volunteer Core Requirements .
** Students interested in completing the 5-year BS/MS program must complete and submit the “Nutrition Conditional Admission 5 Year BS-MS” form available from the Director of Graduate Studies by May 1st of their junior year.

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