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The science of nutrition is one of the most rapidly advancing areas of focus in the health care industry. With the nation’s increasing emphasis on the role of nutrition in living healthier lives, new opportunities are emerging for professionals trained and skilled in this vital area. Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science is designed to prepare you to enter this exciting field in which the health and lives of others may be significantly improved through your knowledge and skills.
The Health Sciences programs at Kaplan University are designed to equip you with the relevant knowledge and extensive real-world experience to start a new career or advance to higher levels.* With our online program, you can continue working in your current job while you earn your bachelor's degree from the convenience of your home, office, or virtually anywhere you have Internet access.
In this program you will explore various topics, concepts, values, research methods, and applications in nutrition science.
Your coursework will focus on:
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The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science degree could help advance your career in holistic health care, health science, nutrition, and other health care- and health science-related industries.† Your degree may help you qualify for nutrition-related careers in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practices, athletic clubs and wellness centers, public health programs, and the food and pharmaceutical industries. Experienced nutrition science professionals often work as consultants for sports teams, corporations, and restaurants.
Students enrolled in Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science in Nutrition
Science can choose to complete the accelerated Master of Health Care
Administration or Master of Public Health option. Designed for
high-potential undergraduate students interested in earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, the accelerated option allows you
to work toward your bachelor’s degree while simultaneously completing up to
five core courses in either the Master of Health Care
Administration or the Master of Public Health. If you
successfully complete these courses with a minimum course grade, and have
applied and been accepted to the applicable Kaplan University master’s degree program, you will enter a
shortened version of the master’s degree program.
The accelerated option allows you to earn your Kaplan University Bachelor of
Science in Nutrition Science and a master’s degree at a faster pace and lower
cost than completing each degree separately. Qualification for the accelerated
Master of Health Care Administration and Master of Public Health options is
subject to eligibility requirements. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for
If you already have an associate's degree from another accredited institution, our advanced start program may help you earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science in as little as two years.‡
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Jul 30, 2014
Online Start Date
May 14, 2014
Online and Campus Start Date
Jun 11, 2014
Students will learn how to communicate effectively in their professional field using various writing styles. Students will also identify and further develop their own writing process. Grammar and mechanics will be reviewed, helping students focus on the areas that will improve their writing.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics.
The role of microorganisms and their affect on humans and the environment will
also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as
will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology.
Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological
sciences, nursing, and genetics. (Includes a 1 credit hour lab)
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
In this required introductory course, students will identify current issues in health science and how they relate to chosen health science professions. Educational and credentialing requirements will be defined for health science occupations. Students will create a personal education plan, choosing appropriate electives and identifying specific career options based on personal goals and research of the profession. Professional traits and skills for success in the field will be explored as well as discussion of roles and responsibilities of selected health professionals.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course is an integrated study of the human body. The focus is on understanding the interrelated nature of the systems of the body. This includes the concept of homeostasis as well as the relationship between structure and function. This course encompasses the anatomy of selected systems as well as the physiology and terminology as applied to the body. The course presents the chemical basis of life and provides a basic understanding of cells, cellular metabolism, and tissue composition and functions. The course also includes the study of the structures and functions of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, and senses.
This course is the continuation of integrated
study of the human body. This course encompasses the anatomy of
selected systems as well as the physiology and terminology as
applied to the body. The course also includes the study of the
structures and functions of the following systems: circulatory,
lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and
This course covers the major issues in food safety and food microbiology. It includes the basic principles of food safety and sanitation, various microorganisms that cause foodborne illnesses, the flow of food through the food service establishment, and management’s role in training the food handler.
This course includes the study of methods and equipment used for nutritional analysis in health, obesity, and malnutrition. Students learn how to utilize the software based on manual data-gathering systems to assess nutritional status.
This course addresses nutritional planning for the maintenance of health and wellness. The studies include identification, assessment, and management of nutritional deficiencies occurring due to food choices and pharmacotherapy.
This course is an overview of the fundamental theories of chemistry and provides a foundation for students pursuing future studies or careers in science-related fields. Topics will introduce students to aspects of general, organic, and biochemistry. Students will learn the basic concepts in chemistry needed to be successful in their field, such as scientific inquiry, naming organic compounds, and the names and structures of amino acids.
MM 212 highly recommended
The course examines the physiochemical aspects
of energy metabolism and macro- and micronutrients. Mechanisms
underlying the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins,
and special nutrients are discussed. The biochemical basis of
various nutritional disorders, including metabolic and genetic
disorders, is studied.
SC 156 and NS 220 or NS 270
Studies in this course encompass the
nutritional issue across the life cycle, including pregnancy,
childbirth, and lactation. The course considers nutritional
aspects related to neonates, infants, and children. The special
needs of adolescents and disorders affecting this age group are
discussed. The coursework will also include a discussion of
nutritional demands and food choices in the geriatric
SC 115, NS 220, or NS 270
Studies in this course emphasize the nutrition
and dietetic considerations for healthy individuals with special
needs, such as geriatric and gender-specific needs. The
coursework includes analyzing nutritional and dietetic needs, and
designing appropriate protocols for clients with chronic,
progressive, or degenerative diseases and metabolic disorders, as
well as for special needs children and infants. The course
addresses the underlying principles of total parenteral nutrition
and nasogastric tube feeding.
SC 156, NS 220, or NS 270
This capstone course is the culminating
experience for the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science. This
course builds on the concepts of all the courses students have
taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides
students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the
knowledge and skills acquired throughout their coursework in an
original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of
mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program in
Total Program Credits: 180
*Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Master of Health Care Administration or Master of Public Health option will take up to five graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.
Total Program Credits: 90
Comparability is determined by a course-by-course examination of the prior associate's or bachelor's degree against the core requirements of a Kaplan University associate’s degree.
This course is designed to introduce the student to essential concepts in anatomy, physiology, and chemistry. This knowledge is necessary to successfully matriculate to upper-level courses in the School of Health Sciences. The focus is on understanding the interrelated nature of the systems of the body. This includes the concept of homeostasis as well as the relationship between structure and function. This course encompasses the anatomy of selected systems as well as the physiology and terminology as applied to the body. The course presents the chemical basis of life and provides a basic understanding of cells, cellular metabolism, and tissue composition and functions. Students are taught how to apply new knowledge about a variety of topics: the states of matter, the periodic chart, chemical properties and reactions, bonding and kinetics, and solutions, including acids, bases, and buffers, to better understand the natural and human-made world.
Enrollment in an advanced start degree option
Total Program Credits: 90
This course is designed to introduce the
student to essential concepts in nutrition that are necessary to
successfully matriculate to upper-level courses in the School of
Health Sciences. This course includes study of methods and
equipment used for nutritional analysis in health, obesity, and
malnutrition and also addresses nutritional planning for
maintenance of health and wellness. Also included are the
identification, assessment, and management of nutritional
deficiencies that occur due to food choices and
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
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* Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science program is not accredited by the The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). While the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science program is designed to academically prepare students to pursue a variety of nutrition-oriented careers and advanced education, the program does not lead directly to certification as a registered dietitian.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ Associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and credits considered to be remedial, occupational, or specialized may not be accepted for transfer. Average completion time based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete. Refer to the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit policy.