Nursing and The College: A Joint Minor in Nutrition

The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing have announced a joint minor in nutrition, with an interdisciplinary approach to illustrate "the pervasiveness of nutrition-related issues in such diverse disciplines as anthropology, economics, folklore, history, physiology, psychology, health care, and public policy," according to the undergraduate deans of the two schools, Dr. Mary Naylor of Nursing and Dr. Robert Rescorla of The College.

The new minor was developed by the deans with an ad hoc committee including Drs. Mary Ann Lafferty and Emma Weigley and The College's Drs. Jere Behrman, Rebecca Huss-Ashmore and David Ludden.

Dr. Weigley and Dr. Zoriana Malseed of Nursing, and Dr. Huss- Ashmore of The College, make up an Oversight Committee which would review and approve on an individual basis all course selections to fulfill the minor, and arrange for each student selecting the minor to have appropriate advising. The Oversight Committee will also periodically arrange for evaluation of the program.

The minor will require a minimum of six courses--three "core" courses and three "selectives"--with options in both categories. The three core courses and their options are:

A. Basic Nutrition:
NURS 54 (Concepts of Nutrition in Family Health) or
NURS 112 (Nutrition and Human Energy).

B. Scientific Basis of Nutrition:
NURS 40,41 (Principles of General Chemistry, Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry) or
BIOL 101 (Introduction to Biology)

C. Advanced Nutrition:
NURS 512 (Nutrition and Health Maintenance)

Options for selectives, which run from D through I, include topics in International Nutrition and Hunger, Nutrition and Behavior, Life Cycle Nutrition, Nutrition and Culture, and Nutrition and Evolution. One option is Nursing's Case Analysis Course in Clinical Nutrition Therapy.

Under consideration as additional selectives are a new anthropology course on Physical Growth and Development, and a "capstone course" designed to integration nutrition with some other field(s) of study. Generally take as the last course in the minor, capstone courses would ideally be team taught, the planners proposed.


Tuesday, November 7, 1995
Volume 42 Number 11

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