Courses of Study 2013-2014 
    Jun 24, 2024  
Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Academic Options

In Nutritional Sciences .

Special Experiences

Undergraduates can enhance their experiences by participating in structured field experiences or study abroad. Academic credit can be earned for field experiences in a community agency, health care facility, or business. The Urban Semester in the College of Human Ecology provides students with an opportunity to study and gain field experience in New York City. All students intending to spend a semester off-campus in field experience or study abroad must plan their courses well in advance to be sure that all program requirements can be met.

Independent Study Electives

Independent study courses (NS 4000 , NS 4010 , NS 4020 ) can be used to obtain credit for more diverse or intensive experience than the classroom can offer, whether this involves laboratory work, library research, or field study. Any student interested in independent study should obtain the sponsorship of a faculty advisor and the approval of the director of undergraduate studies or consider applying to the honors program.

Honors Program

The honors program, which leads to a B.S. degree with honors in research in the College of Human Ecology or a B.S. degree with distinction in research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, gives official recognition to students who have demonstrated excellence in their academic work and their capacity for independent study.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for a major, students in the honors program take seminars in designing and evaluating research (NS 3980 ), complete an original piece of research (at least 6 credits of NS 4990 ), and prepare an honors thesis. The honors project may be laboratory or field research or deal with policy and program development. For more information, students should contact Dr. Cha-Sook You, B17 Savage Hall.

Courses Recommended for Nonmajors

Courses in nutritional sciences can strengthen programs of study in biological sciences, biology and society, communications, food science, human development, human services, and other fields.

NS 1150 - Nutrition, Health, and Society  is open to all students. After NS 1150 , nonmajors with limited backgrounds in chemistry and biology may elect NS 2450 - Social Science Perspectives on Food and Nutrition ; NS 2470 - Food for Contemporary Living ; NS 2750 - Human Biology and Evolution ; NS 3060 - Nutrition and Global Health ; NS 3150 - Obesity and the Regulation of Body Weight ; NS 3470 - [Human Growth and Development: Biological and Behavioral Interactions] ; NS 4500 - Public Health Nutrition . Nonmajors with strong backgrounds in chemistry and the biological sciences may consider NS 3310 - Nutrient Metabolism , as well as many advanced nutritional sciences courses, such as NS 3450 - Introduction to Physiochemical and Biological Aspects of Food ; NS 4310 - Mineral Nutrition and Chronic Disease ; and NS 4410 - Nutrition and Disease .

Graduate Programs

Graduate study is administered by the field of nutrition, a group of about 40 faculty members from throughout the university who have a common interest in nutritional problems. In the Ph.D. degree program, students may specialize in molecular and biochemical nutrition, human or animal nutrition, community nutrition, or international nutrition. Research is emphasized in all graduate programs. Field experience may be an important component of concentrations in community, international, and public health nutrition and nutrition education. Teaching experience and participation in the graduate student seminar (NS 7030 ) are important aspects of graduate training.

The specialties and interests represented by faculty in the field of nutrition provide almost unlimited opportunity for graduate study. Cornell’s extensive laboratory and agricultural facilities ensure that students interested in experimental nutrition have exceptional choices and thorough training. As the largest faculty in the country devoted to the study of human nutrition, the field includes specialists in biochemical, metabolic, epidemiological, and sociocultural research. Opportunities to work with community and federal agencies are available to students interested in applied nutrition and public policy. Students in international nutrition are expected to conduct their thesis research abroad.

For more information about the graduate program, students should visit the website or contact the director of graduate studies, field of nutrition, Cornell University, B19 Savage Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401, (607) 255-2628,, or

Cornell/DNS Post-baccalaureate Program in Health Studies

The Cornell/DNS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Studies is an intensive two-semester, 32-credit program combining classroom-based study with real-world experiences. Taught by faculty from the Division of Nutritional Sciences, the program is designed to help students increase their understanding of the health-care process, develop insight into career opportunities, prepare for further study in health care, and build decision-making and leadership skills in health-care situations. For more information, students should visit or contact the Special Programs office of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at or (607) 255-7259.