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College of Human Sciences, FSU

Tallahassee, FL 32306-1493


(850) 644-5279

Description of Major
The undergraduate student majoring in Food and Nutrition Science is usually preparing for an advanced degree with specialization in Food Science or Nutrition and a career in university teaching and/or research, medicine, the food industry, or government. With proper advising, this program can also serve as a pre-medical curriculum.

Prerequisite Coursework: 0 beyond other requirements
Prerequisite coursework may also be used to meet Liberal Studies and major course requirements.
MAC X105 (3) College Algebra
CGS X060 (3) Computer Literacy
PET 3322, 3322L (3, 1) Functional. Anat. and Phys. & lab or BSC X085, X086 with labs (4,4) or other approved course (C+ or higher) contact department about BSC X085/X086 and other approved courses.
MCB X004/X004L (3, 1 ) General Microbiology, Lab
CHM X045/ X045L (3, 1) General Chemistry I, Lab
CHM X046,/X046L (3, 1) General Chemistry II, Lab
CHM X210,/X210L (4) Organic Chemistry I (3 hrs. at FSU)
CHM X211/X211L (3, 1) Organic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry II Lab (3, 3 hrs. at FSU)
ECO X013 (3) Macroeconomics or ECO X023 (3) Microeconomics or ECO X000 (3) Intro. Economics (ECO 2013 preferred)
HUN X201 (3) Science of Nutrition (“B-“or higher required)
PSY X012 (3) General Psychology
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .
Students are encouraged to also complete the following during their freshman/sophomore years.
MAC X114 (2) Analytic Trigonometry
MAC X140 (3) Precalculus Algebra
STA X122 or STA X023 (3) Statistics
BSC 2010, 2010L (3,1) Biological Science with Lab
PHY X053C (4) College Physics with Lab

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
As a prerequisite for entry into each undergraduate major in the department, students must achieve a grade of B- or higher in HUN1201. Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, at least half the required Liberal Studies hours, including all English composition and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree.

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Major Program of Studies at FSU: 90 hours
A grade of C- or higher must be earned for all required courses (exceptions: B- in HUN 1201 and C+ in PET 3322, 3322L).
College of Human Sciences core (6 hours)
FAD 2230 (3) Family Relationships
XXX XXXX (3) One additional course from an area of Human Sciences outside the major
Department/Major requirements (27 hours)
FOS 3026, FOS 3026L (3,1) Foods, Lab
FOS 4114C (4) Food Science
FOS 4209 (3) Food Safety and Quality
HUN 1201 (3) Science of Nutrition (B- or higher required)
HUN 2125 (3) Food and Society
HUN 3224 (3) Intermediary Metabolism I
HUN 3226 (3) Intermediary Metabolism II
PET 3322, 3322L (3,1) Functional Anatomy & Physiology, Lab (C+ or higher required)
Requirements outside the College/Department (57 hours)
ECO 2013 (3) Macroeconomics
PSY 2012 (3) General Psychology
MAC 1105 (3) College Algebra (or placement at a higher level)
MAC 1114 (2) Trigonometry
MAC 1140 (3) Precalculus Algebra
MAC 2311 (4) Calculus w/Analytic Geometry
STA 2122 (3) Intro to Applied Statistics or STA 2023 (3) Business Statistics
BSC 2010, BSC 2010L (3,1) Biological Sciences I, Lab (BSC 2010L meets Computer Skills Competency)
MCB 2004, 2004L (3,1) Microbiology, Lab
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) General Chemistry I, Lab
CHM 1046, 1046L (3,1) General Chemistry II, Lab
CHM 2210 (3) Organic Chemistry I
CHM 2211, CHM 2211L (3, 3) Organic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHM 3120, 3120L (2, 2) Introduction to Analytical Chemistry, Lab
BCH 3023C (3) Introduction to Biochemistry (with Lab)
PHY 2053C (4) College Physics A (with Lab)

Optional Didactic Program in Dietetics
Students wishing to meet the requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) should contact the departmental academic advisor.

Computer Skills Competency: 0 hours beyond major: CGS 2060 (3) or BSC 2010L (1). BSC2010L preferred.

Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 houra
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through appropriate high school speech training or with an approved college-level course. SPC 1017 is suggested.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Min. Hrs. Required 120
Liberal Studies 36*
Prerequisites 0 beyond requirements for LS and major
Major Coursework 89*
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 beyond other requirements
Oral Competency 0 beyond other requirements
Electives to bring total hours to 120.
*NOTE: Required major coursework should be used to also satisfy Liberal Studies requirements where possible.

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Food Scientist, Nutritionist, Food Editor, Product Development, Quality Control Analyst, or Researcher.

Representative Employers: Hospitals, Hotels and Restaurants, Colleges and Universities, State and Federal Food Laboratories, Social Service Agencies, Pharmaceutical Companies, Trade Associations, Food Companies.

Updated: Summer 2015