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CATALOG • 2010-2011

Nutrition – Major/Minor

For information contact Dr. Martine Scannavino.

The Cedar Crest College Didactic Program in Nutrition is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of The American Dietetic Association (ADA), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext. 5400. Graduates of the nutrition program will receive a bachelor of science in nutrition, and  those meeting the program requirements will receive a verification statement showing that they have attained the foundation knowledge and skills found in the Standards of Education of the ADA.

The nutrition program is designed to prepare students for application to an accredited internship, graduate school, or the job market. Students considering entrance to the profession of dietetics as a registered dietitian (RD)must complete these three components:

  • A bachelor’s degree (it does not have to be in nutrition) and successful completion of academic coursework at a CADE-approved/accredited institution with a minimum  cumulative and didactic GPA of 3.0;
  • Admission and successful completion of a CADE-accredited dietetic internship; and
  • A passing grade on the National Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Completion of the bachelor’s degree and didactic program (Step 1) may lead to, but does not guarantee, admission into a dietetic internship.

Mission of the Nutrition Program

In concert with the philosophy of Cedar Crest College and the Standards of Practice (ADA), the nutrition program is committed to developing competent dietetic professionals who serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition and act with integrity and respect for differences.

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of Cedar Crest College, it is recommended that high school students take two years of high school laboratory science. A departmental visit and interview with department faculty is strongly recommended for all applicants.
Lifelong learning students are encouraged to apply. A meeting with the nutrition program director is required to determine if prior coursework can be used to meet some of the Nutrition major requirements. At the time of admission, prior science coursework cannot be more than ten years old, and prior nutrition coursework cannot be more than five years old. In order to receive a verification statement, you must complete at least 20 credits of nutrition courses at Cedar Crest College and have a minimum cumulative and didactic GPA of 3.0 .


The following clinical requirements are mandatory in order to participate in the following courses: NTR 217, 327 & 328, 330 and 340. The clinical requirements must be complete prior to the registration of these courses and must be updated every year.
• Child abuse check
• FBI Criminal Background  check
• Physical and immunization record
• Current PPD
 - Proof of Health Insuracne
- Professiopnal Liablity Insuracne  
-  Drug Screen

Declaration of the Major

According to College policy, to declare nutrition as your major you must complete 12 to 15 credits. You must also complete your first chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better. You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for the major. For those wishing to pursue application to a  Dietetic Internship and registration you must achieve a minimum cumulative and Didactic GPA of 3.0.   Once the declaration of major form has been approved, you will be assigned an adviser from the nutrition program. At this time, you must meet with your nutrition adviser to plan the remaining coursework needed according to the approved curriculum in place at that time. Upon declaration of the major you will be given the Nutrition Progam Student Handbook which provides a student with all of the requirements, policies and procedures of the program. Students are required thouroghly read and sign a statement of acknowledgment and  agreement of all policies for continuation in the program   

Allen Center for Nutrition

In 1992, the Allen Center for Nutrition at Cedar Crest College launched a new era of nutrition education in the Lehigh Valley. The state-of-the-art nutrition food laboratory in the Miller Family Building is the centerpiece of a cutting-edge nutrition degree program. Cedar Crest has the only Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (the American Dietetic Associations’  accrediting agency for education programs) accredited  four-year, nutrition degree program in the region.  The Allen Center for Nutrition is recognized as a quality nutrition resource in the northeast. Its community outreach programs have touched thousands of people of all ages and have brought national figures in the world of health to campus including Jane Brody and Dr. Dean Ornish.  Certain courses listed under nutrition are open to students of all majors through the Allen Center for Nutrition.  They may be of special interest to students majoring in education, nursing, gerontology, psychology, social work or those with a personal interest in nutrition and fitness. These courses have no prerequisites and are not a part of the nutrition major.

Grade Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 is needed to begin junior-level nutrition courses and is required every semester thereafter until graduation.  For  those pursuing a verification statement for application  to a Dietetic Internship a minimum cumulative and didactic GPA of 3.0 is required.  A minimum grade of C is required in MAT 110 and all biology, chemistry and nutrition courses. Courses must be taken in the sequence recommended by the nutrition faculty. Part-time students are advised to complete the program within six years.

Requirements for the Major in Nutrition

Prior to taking nutrition courses in the junior year, students must complete the following nutrition major requirements:
BIO 117 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
BIO 118 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
BIO 127 Clinical Microbiology 4 credits
CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
CHE 203 Survey of Organic Chemistry 4 credits
MAT 110 Probability and Statistics 3 credits
PSY 100 General Psychology 3 credits
SOC 100 Introduction to Culture and Society 3 credits
WRI 100 College Writing 3 credits

Required Nutrition Courses

NTR 130 Food and Culture 3 credits
NTR 210 Principles of Human Nutrition 3 credits
NTR 200 Nutritional Biochemistry 3 credits
NTR 212 Nutrition for Women and Children 3 credits
NTR 217 Nutrition Education in the Community 3 credits
NTR 220 Principles of Foods 3 credits
NTR 301 Management in Dietetics 3 credits
NTR 300 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism I 3 credits
NTR 305 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism II 3 credits
NTR 320 Experimental Foods 3 credits
NTR 327 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 4 credits  
NTR 328 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 4 credits
NTR 330 Food Systems Operations 4 credits
NTR 340 Nutrition Counseling 3 credits
NTR 350 Seminar in Nutrition 3 credits

Requirements for the Nutrition Minor (18 credits)

All students in the nutrition minor must complete a core of 12 credits to be chosen from the following courses and all associated prerequisits  :
NTR 130 Food and Culture 3 credits
NTR 210 Principles of Human Nutrition 3 credits
NTR 212 Nutrition for Women and Children 3 credits
NTR 220 Principles of Foods 3 credits

Then select six additional credits in nutrition from the following:
NTR 113 Nutrition and Fitness 1 credit
NTR 114 Nutrition and the Elderly 1 credit
NTR 115 Eating Disorders and Weight Management 1 credit
 NTR 217 Nutrition Education in the Community 3 credits  
NTR 300 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism I 3 credits
NTR 305 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism II 3 credits

Expenses (in addition to comprehensive, special fees and transportation)

There will be a laboratory fee of $100 per course for NTR 220 and 320. Transportation to and from field experiences is the responsibility of the student.

Departmental Review for Field Placement

Students majoring in Education, Nuclear Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition or Social Work are required to complete a field practicum or clinical experience.  Because this requirement necessitates working with the public in a professional setting, it is important that the student has advanced interpersonal skills, mature judgment, and appropriate professional demeanor.  Thus faculty in these programs will review students prior to the practicum and make appropriate recommendations up to and including removal from placement.
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