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BS Biology/MS Nutrition

BS Biology/MS Nutrition

An accelerated five-year BS Exercise Science/ MS Nutrition program is jointly offered by the Biology Department, College of Arts and Sciences and the Nutrition Department, School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Students complete this BS/MS program in five years and receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry and a masters of science degree in nutrition. Graduates of this program will find opportunities and careers in a variety of fields promoting health, which include research, government programs, weight loss centers, and exercise facilities.

Simmons biology students with an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher may apply for the Masters in Nutrition and Health Promotion program after the end of their first semester junior year (deadline: February 15).  Application to this program is directed to the SHS Director of Admissions. Both the application fee and the GRE requirement will be waived.

The curriculum for this program is described below. Two graduate courses, SHS 410 Research Methods and SHS 450 Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, are taken during the fall and spring of the senior year. This is 6 credit hours which may be counted toward undergraduate degree credits*** and also fulfill two of their graduate course requirements, giving the students a significant graduate tuition reduction.

In order for an accepted student to continue with the program after her senior year (UG), she must meet the following academic standards her senior year. The student must..

  • Have maintained satisfactory academic progress in coursework through the Spring semester of her senior year and attained a final undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.0 upon graduation (including spring semester grades).
  • Have met the MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion requirement of attaining a minimum of a B in each of the graduate courses taken as part of the program during her senior year.

Requirements for the undergraduate biology major, chemistry minor, and graduate degree in nutrition:

Year One

BIOL 113 General Biology
CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry: Inorganic
   or CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry
Modern Language (101
BIOL 218 Zoology
   or BIOL 221 Microbiology
CHEM 114 Organic Chemistry I
MCC 102 Culture Matters
Modern Language (102)

Year Two

CHEM 225 Organic Chemistry II
Modern Language (201
MATH 120 Calculus I
Mode 1 Elective
CHEM 226 Quantitative Analysis
BIOL 225 Cell Biology
NUTR 112 Introduction to Nutrition Science

Year Three

BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I
CHEM 345 Biochemistry
NUTR 237 The Practice of Community Nutrition
Mode 2 Elective
BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 300-level elective
MATH 118 Statistics (M3)
Mode 5 Elective

Year Four

SHS 410 Research Methods
BIOL 350 Independent Laboratory Research
  or BIOL 370 Internship
BIOL 336 Genetics
Mode 6 Elective
SHS 450 Health Care Systems
BIOL 300-level elective

Working with her advisor, a student will take SHS 410 Research Methods and SHS 450 The Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives during the fall and spring of senior year. Students need to maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue in the program. Please visit and view the Nutrition Catalog 2010—2011 for graduate requirements.