Monthly Archives: October 2019

Guest Speaker on Friday, Nov. 15 – Dr. Scott Goldman, Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Nutritional Sciences students interested in supporting patients before and after major organ surgery may want to hear from Dr. Scott Goldman, PSU alum and Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Lankenau Heart Group near Philadephia. A First Year Seminar class is hosting him as a guest speaker, and the instructor has opened this session to all PSU students pursuing health careers. He will speak on Friday, Nov. 15, 9:05-9:55 am in 104 Thomas.  Goldman_Flyer_FA19

Nursing Career Fair – November 4, 2019

Nursing Career Fair
November 4, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
HUB-Robeson Center | Alumni Hall

Students with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State have typically completed several of the prerequisites for accelerated/2nd degree BSN programs and for many MSN-“Entry into Nursing” Programs. If you want to find out more about the various options for careers in nursing, attend the fair listed above. To see the programs that will be represented click here.

Spring 2020 Special Course: NURS 497 Health Disparities

This would be a terrific 400-level supporting course for NUTR majors.

Nursing Special Topics Course Offering – Spring 2020

NURS 497 (#20329)– Health Disparities (3 credits)

This course will explore contemporary health disparities in the United States. Students will be introduced to health outcomes that vary by sexual orientation, gender, race, and other social determinants of health. We will learn about frameworks that have been used to explain disparate health outcomes and healthcare and discuss how scientific data can serve as an impetus to improve well-being for everyone.

This class will meet on Mondays from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM in 271 Willard Building and will be taught by Britney Wardecker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing.

There are no prerequisites, and the course is open to all University Park students.

NUTR 445 in Spring 2020

If you plan to take NUTR 445 this spring and will have completed NUTR 251, BIOL 141, and BMB 211 with C’s or better by the end of this semester, please add your name, ID, and e-mail to this spreadsheet: The College of HHD is having Lionpath block registration for students who do not have the prerequisites for its courses, but it unfortunately is looking for the new prerequisites of BIOL 161-164 and NUTR 211R. We will add you manually to NUTR 445 during your registration period.

College of HHD Mentoring Program – Apply by Oct. 21

If you are a Nutrition major who will have junior standing as of Spring 2020 (or senior standing but plan to graduate May 2021 or later), we encourage you to apply for the College of HHD Mentoring Program ( The HHD Mentoring Program can connect you with practicing professionals in your field of interest including the health professions (RDN’s, physicians, physician assistants, nurses), research, health education, public health and policy, and health and wellness. You can ask mentors about their day-to-day work, their education and preparation, work-life balance, and any other topic related to their field. Students who have participated in the program have found it very helpful and rewarding. The deadline for applying is Oct. 21.

Preparation & Info for Upcoming Advising Appointments

Many of you have appointments with me in the next 2-3 weeks to discuss your spring schedules. To prepare for these appointments, please run an “Academic Requirements Report” and sketch out a spring schedule that advances you toward your degree. Most of you will be following the Suggested Academic Plans found here:

  • A few notes about Audits and What-If Reports in Lionpath:
    Some audits still search for HM 228, which was discontinued after Summer 2017 – HM 228 material was folded into HM 329 & 330
  • Starting with the 2018-19 academic year:
    • NUTR 456 became NUTR 361
    • NUTR 370 (1 cr) was discontinued and was folded into NUTR 391 (which became 2 cr instead of 1 cr)
    • NUTR 371 (1 cr) became NUTR 393 (1 cr)

Since many current students took the old courses, the degree audit may still look for them. As long as you have taken one version of the course, old or new, you have fulfilled your degree requirements. Your Academic Requirements reports and What-If reports evaluate your degree progress according to the year you started at Penn State. It will also list the name of your chosen option (e.g., Applied Science, Basic Sciences, Dietetics) as it was at the time.

As a heads up, your final transcripts will list the new option names (Behavioral Nutrition & Public Health, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Nutritional Physiology & Biochemistry). To repeat, however, your degree requirements have not changed.

I know it’s a little confusing, but it works out. If you have questions, we can discuss them during appointments.

David A. Cassiday
Nutritional Sciences Advisor
Penn State University