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Bioactive Compounds & Food Additives

Does cinnamon influence blood sugar? Does black pepper affect fat cell production? Do artificial food dyes cause hyperactive behavior? Can broccoli help prevent cancer? These examples represent compounds that are frequently consumed, yet rarely discussed.

Bioactive food compounds (BAFC) are components in food that have biological activity in the body, yet have no disease associated with their absence. Food additives are usually meant to affect a food quality, but by proxy can also have biological effects on the body. These topics are covered in detail so that students are not limited to the basic 6 nutrients.

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I will be a Sophomore in Fall 2016...am I on track?

The most important courses to move you along in the major are NSC 101/NSC 170C1, Chemistry and Biology/Anatomy & Physiology. If you haven't started to work on these courses, it is highly recommended that you look into Summer courses to get caught up!

Dietetics & Flexible Nutrition Option
: Ideally you are beginning organic chemistry and anatomy & physiology in the fall.

Summer courses to consider for both options:
NSC 170C1- Nutrition, Food and You
NSC 301- Nutrition and the Life Cycle (NSC 101/NSC 170C1 Prerequisite)
NSC 351R- Food Science (NSC 101/NSC 170C1 & CHEM 152 Prerequisite)

Summer course option for Flexible Nutrition Option:
NSC 310- Principles of Human Nutrition in Health & Disease (NSC 101/NSC 170C1 Prerequisite)

Summer course Flexible Nutrition Option emphasis courses:

NSC 255- Food & Culture (Also counts towards a Tier II INDV)
NSC 315- Sports Nutrition (NSC 101/NSC 170C1 Prerequisite)
NSC 375- Diet, Genes & Disease (NSC 101/NSC 170C1 Prerequisite)
NSC 376- Bioactive Compounds & Food Additives (NSC 101/NSC 170C1 Prerequisite)

Dietetics vs. Flexible Nutrition Emphasis Option

Am I in the right option??

Option 1- Dietetics: This option is often chosen by students who plan to pursue a career in the field of dietetics, mostly likely as a Registered Dietitian.

Option 2 - Nutrition: This option has many of the same science foundation courses and core nutrition course requirements as the Dietetics option, but it offers flexibility in the course requirements and allows students to make choices to incorporate a specific emphasis into the degree i.e. prepare for pharmacy, PA school, medical school, health professional schools.

Note: This is a chemistry intensive major.

Stats courses

A few options...
  • ISTA 116
  • MATH 163
  • MATH 263
  • CPH 376
  • SOC 200

PSY 230 or SOC 274 only if you have taken Math 112 or beyond.

Note: If you will be taking one math course at the U of A to satisfy your foundation math requirement. i.e. testing into higher math than college algebra, PSY 230 and SOC 274 will not meet your foundation math requirement.

Technical Writing Options

  • ENGL 308
  • ENGV 308- Online through U of A South. Contact department to be added to course.
  • ENGL 340
  • AGTM 422
  • SCI 401

Note: ENGL 308 and AGTM 422 are offered online this summer through U of A.

Sophomore Dietetics Students Corner

Fall 2015 Courses to stay on track

  • PSIO 201
  • CHEM 241A
  • CHEM 243A

Help I am behind!

If you are behind, the summer is a great time to take care of your math, chemistry and biology courses.


  • Math 112
  • Chem 151- Session 1
  • Chem 152- Session 2
  • MCB 181R- Session 1 or Session 2

Sophomore year is a great time to be taking your 'other' courses required for the major along with your chemistry and biology/anatomy & physiology courses.

Course options to consider include:

  • General Education Courses
  • Statistics
  • Technical Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • Microbiology

2015-2016 Dietetics Option Catalog:


Flexible Nutrition Emphasis Corner

What is an emphasis and what classes can I use towards it?

Your emphasis consists of 18 units that allow you to make course choices to incorporate into your degree. It is important that you work with your NSC advisor to incorporate appropriate courses that apply to your area of interest or future plans.

Common emphasis areas include: Prerequisites for pharmacy school, medical school, PA school, Graduate school, food science, food business management...

The opportunities are endless!

Note: With this option you will be taking less upper division nutrition courses than the dietetics option. For graduation requirements you must earn 42 upper division units. Your nutritional sciences major provides 25 upper division units, leaving 17 units to be obtained through Tier II Gen-eds/upper division emphasis courses/minor/second major/dual degree coursework.

Pre-pharmacy Emphasis Example

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