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Nutrition Science (B.S.)

The BS degree in Nutrition Science fulfills the undergraduate requirements for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accreditation and for New York State Education Department certification. Studies include theoretical and practical coursework embedded in a broad background in the liberal arts and sciences. Community experiences are considered an important component of learning and are encouraged in junior and senior year.

Program Philosophy

The Nutrition Science program, because of its small size, encourages the exchange of ideas and information among students and between students and faculty to enhance the learning process. The faculty members recognize that students develop personally and professionally as they experience the scientific, management and liberal studies approaches to problem identification and solution. The faculty encourages students with diverse talents and backgrounds to enter the Nutrition Science program.

Program Mission

The mission of the Nutrition Science program is to provide students with an opportunity to study the foundation knowledge of nutrition, food science, and food service management within a small, private, liberal arts college.

Program General Goal

The goal of the Nutrition Science program is to present educational opportunities that will prepare students with knowledge of nutrition, food science, and food service management. Students will be provided with learning opportunities to develop the basic knowledge and skills necessary to support quality nutrition services for individuals, groups, and communities.  

Degree Requirements

Nutrition Science Courses*: 42 Credits
NTR 201 Foundations of Nutrition Science : 4 Credits
NTR 209 ServSafe Essentials : 1 Credit
NTR 211 Introduction to Food Science : 4 Credits
NTR 313 Food Service Systems Management : 3 Credits
NTR 314 Quantity Food Production : 3 Credits
NTR 325 Community Nutrition : 3 Credits
NTR 401 Nutrition Metabolism I: Macronutrients : 3 Credits
NTR 402 Advanced Food Science : 4 Credits
NTR 403 Nutrition Metabolism II: Micronutrients : 3 Credits
NTR 404 Medical Nutrition Therapy I : 4 Credits
NTR 407 Nutrition Counseling Across Life Span : 3 Credits
NTR 417 Medical Nutrition Therapy II : 4 Credits
NTR 422 Current Issues in Nutrition : 3 Credits

Supporting Courses: 39 Credits
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I : 4 Credits
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II : 4 Credits
BIO 208 Microbiology : 4 Credits
CHM 103 Introduction to General Chemistry : 4 Credits
CHM 104 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry : 4 Credits
CHM 220 Nutritional Biochemistry : 3 Credits
* Note: CHM 303: Biochemistry I may be substituted for CHM 220.
HMN 201 Food, Culture and Nutrition : 3 Credits
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology : 3 Credits
SCI 310 Exercise Physiology : 4 Credits
SOC 350 Research for the Professions : 3 Credits

Select one of the following statistics courses : 4 Credits
PSY 207 Statistics with Computer Applications
MAT 220 Applied Statistics

Total credits in major: 82

Elective Courses: 15 Credits

RSC General Education Courses: 23 Credits

Total credits required for degree: 120

* Students are required to become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) during their junior year (Annual Dues = $50).   
* Students are expected to complete 24 hours of nutrition-related community service at approved sites listed in the Nutrition Department’s Student Handbook. 
 * Students must have a major GPA of 2.800 or above and must earn a “C” or better in HMN 201 and all NTR courses to earn the AND verification statement.  Note that all students completing the program with a major GPA of 2.200 or higher will receive their BS in Nutrition Science.

Approval Status

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Russell Sage College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-Secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The address and phone number of CADE are: American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL60606-6995, (312) 899-4876.
An undergraduate major in Nutrition Science coupled with an ADA-accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) and success on the ADA examination will lead to Registered Dietitian (R.D.) status. 2006 graduates of Russell Sage College’s Nutrition Science major have an above average pass rate on the ADA registration examination. For RD exam pass rates go to:
The Nutrition Science major also meets the educational requirements of the New York State Department of Education for certification in New York State as a Certified Dietitian, Certified Nutritionist or Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist (CDN). Additional experience and examination requirements are needed for this credential. 

An Accredited Dietetic Internship at The Sage Colleges

The Sage Colleges offers post-baccalaureate accredited dietetic internships in the Sage Graduate Schools. Matriculated students are eligible to apply for early admission (pre-select) to the post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship offered at Sage Graduate Schools. Students chosen for this special program reserve a position in the internship class nearly one year in advance of regular admissions. They must maintain an overall GPA of 3.300 and a nutrition coursework GPA of 3.500. Students apply to this program at the end of the junior year. The DI can serve as the experience requirement for the CDN credential as well as the RD credential. Admission requirements and a description of the dietetic internship at Sage can be found in the Sage Graduate Schools catalog.


Graduates of the Nutrition Science major at Sage can find careers in dietetics, medicine, nutrition education and health promotion, the food industry, and sports nutrition. Graduate degrees received by Nutrition Science majors include MS/MA, M.B.A./M.P.H., M.D., and Ph.D. Graduates have received appointments at accredited Dietetic Internships throughout the country including Dallas, TX, Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, and New York City.
The College’s AND representative will verify completion of the DPD for all Sage’s successful degree candidates who have earned a “C” or better in all nutrition science courses (including HMN 201), and who have an overall GPA of 2.800 or above.