Category Archives: Academic Planning

Need to Register for NUTR 358 – Nutrition Assessment – for Fall 2019?

If you are a nutrition major who has taken NUTR 251 and will be in the 5th semester or higher, you are eligible to schedule NUTR 358 – Nutrition Assessment.  There is currently a control on this course preventing students from scheduling through lionpath.  But, you can ask to be added to the class by emailing your name and student ID to

Please email ONLY from your psu email account and include your student ID number.

Courses to consider for Fall 2019

NUTR 211R: Applying Biochemistry to Nutrition 1 Credits

This course should be taken at the same time as BMB 211.


NUTR 175: Healthy Food for All: Factors that Influence What we Eat in the US 3 Credits

Nutr 175Z is a  Linked course with AGBM 170 and will fulfill the new General Education “linked” course requirement for students who are Freshmen or Sophomores.

Planning to Graduate this Spring?

If you did not already do so earlier this semester, please go to LionPATH and declare your intent to graduate (“apply for graduation”) as soon as possible. Your application is needed to start the process of reviewing your degree requirements for graduation and receiving approval from the college to graduate. It is the student’s responsibility to let the University know when you are actually completing the final course requirements for your degree.

If you have any credits from outside of Penn State that are needed to fulfill degree requirements here, please immediately complete the transfer process. You should also check in with your advisor to ensure that you have truly met all degree requirements.

CHEM 130 Students needing to Schedule CHEM 202

If you are currently taking CHEM 130 and planning to schedule CHEM 202 over the summer or next fall, you will find there is a control preventing you from scheduling directly in Lionpath.  The Chemistry department has submitted a course change for CHEM 202 to include CHEM 130 as a prerequisite.  But, that petition was only recently submitted and won’t be approved in time for those registering early.  So, in the meantime, if you were planning on taking the web version of CHEM 202 offered through the Penn State Dubois campus during the second summer session, you can email the instructor, Dr. Khan,  and he will add you to the course.  If you would like to schedule the UP course, you can contact your adviser.  We will send an email with the names of all students we are aware of to the department and the class will be scheduled for you. Please contact your adviser if you have any questions related to this.

Mrs. Eissenstat


Nutritional Sciences Future Education Model Graduate Program (RDN Pathway)–now accepting applications!

Happy New Year! We are excited to announce that The Penn State Department of Nutritional Sciences received final ACEND-accreditation of our Future Education Model (FEM) Graduate Program. The newly accredited program is the Experiential Track of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program, which is a graduate degree program of the Department of Nutritional Sciences offered via Penn State’s World Campus. Applications are now being accepted for the Experiential Track that begins May 2019, pending final University approval.


The Experiential Track is a 24-month competency-based program that integrates advanced-level online MPS graduate coursework with three consecutive semesters of in-residence supervised experiential learning (in Hershey, PA or University Park, PA). The program begins Summer semester 2019. Online courses will begin on May 13, 2019 and in-residence supervised experiential learning will start in August 2019. The program has a leadership emphasis. Students will graduate with the MPS graduate degree and a verification statement and be prepared to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Registration Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. This track requires completion of a minimum of 39 credits, which includes the 30 MPS credits, plus a minimum of 9 additional course credits. Students are expected to participate full-time in the program during the semesters in which online graduate coursework and supervised experiential learning courses take place. Students may indicate their preference of location when applying to the program.

Important Note

To be eligible as an applicant for the Experiential Track of the MPS program, your undergraduate graduation conferral date must be before the start of the program, which is the first day of summer semester classes (May 13, 2019). If you have questions or need clarification, please contact the program prior to applying. We can assist you with determining your eligibility for the program.


 The application deadline is March 1st, 2019.  Applicants will apply directly through the Penn State Graduate School online application. Applicants will not apply through DICAS, and the program will not be participating in the Spring 2019 matching process. Additional details about the accredited track, including program requirements, curriculum, application and selection processes, important dates, and costs can be found on our program website.

Virtual Open House

To learn more, consider attending our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 4:00-5:00pm ET. The Virtual Open House will be conducted via video conferencing. If you plan to attend, please complete this RSVP survey and you will receive additional details one day prior to the open house regarding how to virtually connect.

If you are unable to attend and/or would like additional information about the program, please direct all inquiries to:

Shawnee M. Kelly, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Assistant Teaching Professor
Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Coordinator
Department of Nutritional Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
125 Chandlee Laboratory, University Park, PA 16802
814-863-7131 (office) |


Gina Pazzaglia, PhD, RDN

MPS Program Director

Associate Teaching Professor

Spring graduate?? Time to declare your intent to graduate!

Are you planning to graduate this Spring?

It is the student’s responsibility to declare the intent to graduate.  If you are planning to be a Spring 2019 graduate you need to declare now.  The deadline is January 21, 2019.  It is also important to check your “requirements” report on lionpath to be sure all of the categories are complete.  If you find one of the categories is open or credits are needed somewhere, please contact your adviser immediately.

You declare your intent on lionpath using the “Apply for Graduation” link.  Further instructions can be found on the Registrar’s page

Welcome back and have a great semester!!

TAs Needed for NUTR 100

Upper-level nutrition students who are interested in being a teaching assistant (TA) are needed for Nutrition 100 this spring. This is a great way to review basic nutrition information while building new skills and earning one 400-level credit (NUTR 496) towards your major.

You must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA to become a TA. You will be expected to attend each class meeting, help grade assignments and hold review sessions before each exam. TAs are needed for all sections of NUTR 100 this spring:

  • Brenda Eissenstat’s section meets Tuesdays from 9:05-10:20.
  • Elizabeth Adam’s section will meet on Tuesdays from 12:05-1:20 p.m.
  • Cindy Adams’s section will meet on both Tuesday and Thursday from 9:05 – 10:20 until the end of February (dynamic section)

If you are interested, please contact the instructors directly for more information.  Mrs. Eissenstat can be contacted at  Elizabeth can be contacted at, and Cindy can be contacted at

LATE DROP Deadline Reminder

Hopefully you do not need this information!  But, if you are concerned about a course and have thought about dropping it, it is important to remember that the Late Drop Deadline is this Friday, November 9th at 11:59 PM. 

If you do not drop a class you are doing poorly in by this time, it will remain on your schedule and you will receive a grade in the class.  The deadline is fixed. There are no exceptions.  The Withdrawal deadline is Friday, December 5 at 5:00 PM (eastern time).  This will eliminate your entire schedule.  You can’t partially withdraw.

Please meet with your adviser and the instructor of any class in which you are struggling.  Students are limited to 3 attempts to complete a class.   We are here to help.


Having Trouble Registering for NUTR 456?

This course is offered through Conferences and Institutes, so you need to specify that under location. You can find this course by simply searching for it in LionPath without specifying the campus, as shown below:

If you have any further difficulty scheduling, please contact Scott Barbara in the Nutrition Office at 814-863-0806.

Open Opportunity to Meet Successful HPA Alumnus

All HHD students are invited to meet and talk with Dr. Kevin Frick, the Vice-Dean for Education in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. This open conversation will be held on Wednesday, October 24th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in 353 HHD Building (it’s OK if you have to arrive late or leave early).  Reservations are encouraged and can be made by e-mailing Heather Zimmerman at

Kevin is a Schreyer Honors and Health Policy and Administration Penn State alumnus who has gone on to an outstanding career as a health economist and an educational leader.  He has published widely in many HHD related areas, including obesity, cancer, vision care, global health, business and economics, health policy, and even foster care for children. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity if you are interested in any of these topics, or if you just want to meet someone who was once in your shoes and has gone on to build a successful and varied career.