Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences

Online Undergraduate Course Options

Spring 2021 registration opens November 9, 2020; semester begins January 19, 2021

Fall 2021 registration opens July 12, 2021; semester begins September 1, 2021

NUTR 3610 Nutritional Aspects of Organic Chemistry (3 credits)

This course covers organic chemistry principles and concepts related to nutrition and dietetics. It serves as a fundamental course for understanding how organic compounds are assimilated into the body by digestion, absorption, and intermediary metabolism. The significance and role of these compounds found in the food supply and in the body is emphasized.

NUTR 3700 Introduction to Vitamins & Mineral Metabolism (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of vitamin and mineral metabolism at the undergraduate level. It will cover vitamin and mineral functions, metabolism, sources, and current recommendations for use, with an emphasis on their impact on human health and disease. [Course prerequisites: Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Biochemistry]

NUTR 3620 Nutritional Aspects of Biochemistry (4 credits)

This course provides a foundation of nutritional biochemistry to help students understand the nutritional/biochemical process involved in health and disease. It covers the structure and function of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids); metabolic and bioenergetic pathways; the role of nucleic acids in genetic information. [Course prerequisite Organic Chemistry]

NUTR 3100 Experimental Foods (3 credits)

This course explores the fundamentals of experimental foods from a scientific perspective. Topics include the research process; sensory and objective evaluation of foods; physical aspects of food preparation; components of foods including water, carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins; food safety and preservation; and food additives.

NUTR 5300 Nutrition Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

This course provides an understanding of diet and nutrition needs and factors impacting nutritional status across the lifespan from preconception to infancy, childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, adulthood, and gerontology. Emphasis is placed on the biological foundations of nutrient needs in each stage of the lifespan to target optimal growth, disease prevention, and overall health and well-being and identify the consequences of malnutrition. Critical evaluation of nutrition information with a focus on existing controversies, the role of diet and nutrition in chronic disease development and prevention and how environmental factors and lifestyle choices influence nutritional needs and requirements across the lifespan are also addressed.

Note: Completion of prerequisites courses does not guarantee admissions into Entry Level MS Clinical Nutrition program.


ELMSCN Prerequisite Courses Offered at Rutgers School of Health Professions
 These courses are web-based

Course # Course Title Semester Offered
NUTR3610 Nutritional Aspects of Organic Chemistry Fall 2021
NUTR3700 Introduction to Vitamins and Mineral Metabolism Fall 2021
NUTR3620 Nutritional Biochemistry Spring 2022
NUTR3100 Experimental Foods Spring 2022
NUTR5300 Nutrition Across the Lifespan Spring 2022

If you wish to register as a non-matriculated student, please go to:
Entry Level MSCN program application deadline: February 15, 2021
Applications can be accessed at:
For more information, please contact Emily Peters MPH at