Nutrition, BSN

Our Bachelor of Science in Nutrition major is an interdisciplinary collaboration with Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences. You will study concepts like dietary behaviors and metabolism, as well as scientific approaches to the physiological roles of nutrients in the diet, from the cellular to human level. You will explore the role of nutrition in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity, which together account for nearly seventy percent of global mortality. We believe that the next generation of nurse researchers and clinicians need a well-rounded background in nutrition science, social sciences, and public health, and we built this innovative program with these goals in mind.

The major consists of 14 course units: six basic science courses (such as cellular biology, anatomy and physiology, and chemistry), four fundamental nutrition science courses, and four electives. Penn Nursing BSN undergrads can add this as a second major. 

Nutrition, BSN Requirements

Non-Nursing Major Requirements
Writing Requirement
Select a Writing Intensive Course1
Language Requirement
Satisfy by exemption or if language proficiency completed in less than 4 semesters, use remaining course units as free electives4
Distribution by Sectors
Arts & Letters Sector1
Society and Social Structures Sector1
Histories and Traditions Sector1
Global and Cultural Studies Sector1
Reasoning, Systems, and Relationships Sector1
Natural Sciences Sector - satisfied by:
Biologically-Based Chemistry
Integrated Cell Biology and Microbiology
Free Elective1
Nursing Major Courses
Nursing Foundational Courses
NURS 101The Nature of Nursing Practice0.5
NURS 102Situating the Practice of Nursing0.5
NURS 103Psychological and Social Diversity in Health and Wellness1
Nursing Clinical Courses
NURS 215Nursing of Women and Infants1.5
NURS 225Pediatric Nursing1.5
NURS 235Psychiatric Nursing1.5
NURS 245Nursing of Young and Middle Aged Adults1.5
NURS 255Nursing of Older Adults1.5
Select a Nursing Case Study from among NURS 355-NURS 3691
NURS 380Nursing in the Community2
NURS 390Leadership in the Complex Healthcare System3
Science Requirements
NURS 061Biologically-Based Chemistry0.5
NURS 068Integrated Cell Biology and Microbiology1
NURS 065Fundamentals of Nutrition1
NURS 163Integrated Anatomy, Physiology, and Physical Assessment I2
NURS 164Integrated Human Anatomy, Physiology & Physical Assessment II2
NURS 165Integrated Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics2
Non-Clinical Courses
Health Policy Requirement 11
NURS 230Statistics for Research and Measurement1
NURS 547Scientific Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice1
Select one of the following:1
Theoretical Foundations of Health Care Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
Sociology of Bioethics
NURS 389Research/Inquiry-Based Service Residency0.5
Nursing Elective
Select a Nursing Elective1
Nutrition Major Requirements
Required Basic Science Courses
Biologically-Based Chemistry
Integrated Cell Biology and Microbiology
Integrated Anatomy, Physiology, and Physical Assessment I
Integrated Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics
Required Nutrition Science Courses
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Nutritional Aspects of Disease
Advanced Nutrition: Molecular Basis of Nutrition
Advanced Human Nutrition and Micronutrient Metabolism
Elective Courses
Select four course units
Total Course Units40.5

See the BSN Handbook for a list of approved Health Policy courses. 

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2017 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.