The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

BS in Nutrition

The following revised program applies to students starting from Fall 2014 onwards.

There is increasing evidence that what we eat affects our health and quality of life. Nowadays, dietary factors are implicated in several major causes of death. Nutrition is the application of knowledge about food to help people achieve and maintain health throughout the life span. Dietetics involves helping people meet their nutritional needs in health and disease through diet counseling and nutrition support.

Admission requirements

The program started in spring 2010.


Students must complete a total number of 94 credits. These are broken down to 34 credits of LAC requirements and 60 credits of major and other requirements.

Major requirements (42 credits)

Number Course Cr
 NUT201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition* 3
 NUT301 Community Nutrition 3
 NUT312 Food Chemistry 3
 NUT323 Food Analysis 2
NUT335 Food Service and Safety Management 3
NUT345 Industrial Food Production 2
NUT356 Nutrition Status Assessment 2
NUT367 Food Processing 2
NUT379 Food Microbiology Lab 1
NUT389 Nutrition in Life Cycle 3
NUT401 Advanced Human Nutrition 3
NUT422 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
NUT424 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3
NUT425 Medical Nutrition Therapy II Lab 2
NUT445 Counseling Communication Skills 2
NUT468 Management Systems in Dietetics 2
NUT499 Senior Study in Nutrition 3

School requirements (21/27 credits)

Number Course Cr
BIO201 General Biology I 4
NUT222 Microbiology in Nutrition 3
BIO260 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
BIO261 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
BCH300 Essentials of Biochemistry 3
CHM200 Essentials of Chemistry* 3
CHM310 Basic Organic Chemistry 3
CHM313 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
STA205 Biostatistics 3

* These are also counted as part of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) requirements.

Licensure for Dietetics Practice

In order to be eligible to pass the National Colloquium Examination at the Ministry of Higher Education (MEHE) and get licensure for Dietetic practice, B.S. in Nutrition graduates need to conduct an internship at the dietetic department of a Lebanese hospital that is approved by the Ministry of Health.  Accordingly, Nutrition graduates can enroll in the LAU Dietetics Internship Program (DIP).

Please note that the B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship programs do not lead to New York State certification. Dietitians and nutritionists do not have the authority to independently engage in the ordering of medical nutrition therapy in New York State.

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