Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCSN) Vision and Mission

Vision - To be an innovative department renowned for rigorous, diverse programs of study steeped in the Catholic liberal arts tradition and distinguished by exemplary graduates responsibly engaged in the world.

Mission - Founded first on Catholic liberal arts tradition and offering rigorous programs of study, the Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCNS) department educates women to be professional, ethical leaders. Grounded in science, the students become content experts with an innovative mindset and professional voice. The curriculum empowers students to understand and reflect upon the multi-faceted issues facing individuals and families today, challenging graduates to advocate for the dear neighbor without distinction in a socially responsible manner. Strong inter-professional and community collaborations prepare women for transformational leadership, life-long learning and a commitment to sustainability in the global context.

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Academic Plan

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St. Kate's dietetics major offers you a solid foundation in food, nutrition and management that is supported with chemistry, biology and social sciences.

Below is a sample academic plan. You can work with an advisor to tailor the courses to your interest.

Fall
CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman*
CHEM 1110: General Chemistry I
PSYC 1001: General Psychology
LANG/LIT: Foreign language or elective course*

Spring
CHEM 1120: General Chemistry II
PSYC 2025: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
HIST: History course*
LANG/Elective: Foreign language or elective*

Fall
CHEM 2010: Organic Chemistry I
BIOL 2200: Intro. to Microbiology
FSNU 2900: Food Science
LANG/LIT: Foreign language or literature course*
EXSS: Exercise and sport science activity course*

Winter
CHEM 2020: Organic Chemistry II
BIOL 2520: Human Anatomy and Physiology
FSNU 3000: Nutrition
EXSS: Exercise and sport science activity course*
ART/MUS/THTR: Fine arts course*

Fall
BIOL 3400: Principles of Metabolism
PSYC 2050: Statistical Methods in Psychology
ACCT 2110: Financial Accounting
THEO: Theology course*

Winter
CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice*
FSNU 3550: Food and Nutrition Management**
FSNU 4300: Advanced Nutrition
FSNU 2800: Intercultural Foods**
Elective

Fall
FSNU 4350: Medical Nutrition Therapy I
FSNU 3600: Food Service Operations Mgmt.
FSNU 4250: Current Issues in Food and Nutrition (2 cr.)
FSNU 4100: Community and Lifespan Nutrition
PHIL 3400: Biomedical Ethics

Winter
FSNU 4400: Medical Nutrition Therapy II (2 cr.)
FNSU 3500: Leadership in Foods and Nutrition**
EDUC 3770: Educational Methods in Dietetics and Nutrition
FSNU 4310: Research in Food and Nutrition**
Elective (2 cr.)

* Denotes course is part of liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).

** Offered alternate years

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.

Additional requirements

Related work experience is required for dietetics students who wish to apply for a dietetic internship. As a dietetics major, you will be required to complete a portfolio of your work during your time at St. Kate’s.

Transfer requirements

Transfer students may need to complete more than five courses (20 credits) of the major field at St. Kate’s in order to complete the didactic program in dietetics.

Writing requirements

Dietetics majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors and the fourth writing course by completing FSNU 4210: Experimental Foods and FSNU 4300: Advanced Nutrition. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other writing intensive courses (CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman and CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice).