College of Health Solutions
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Honors Opportunities in the College of Health Solutions:
The College of Health Solutions (CHS) aims to prepare the next generation of health professionals through a broad set of health degree programs. We have recently introduced degree programs that will prepare professionals for continued graduate education and health leadership positions. We are thrilled to offer challenging and rewarding experiences to Barrett students across ASU. Welcome!

Honors Opportunities in Nutrition Programs:
Students in ASU’s nutrition programs understand how food choices can prevent health problems and increase quality of life. ASU offers rigorous and complete nutrition education through classroom theory and hands-on application in our state-of-the-art instructional labs. Students gain practical field experience while providing community service to organizations. Students completing the dietetic option may become a Registered Dietitian through our nationally accredited program. In fact, 100% of our dietetics graduates passed the National Examination for Registered Dietitians last year.

Students receive a solid background in nutritional science that combines classroom theory with hands-on application. A bachelor degree in nutrition can lead to a career as a registered dietitian, a job in food service or a pharmaceutical or food industry job, as well as graduate school or one of the medical professions.

Careers in Nutrition:
With growing public interest in disease prevention through healthy lifestyles, the U.S Department of Labor projects a 9% increase in nutrition careers from 2008 to 2018. Graduates of our nutrition program can expect to promote healthy eating habits in a variety of settings. Nutrition professionals and registered dietitians assess individual eating habits, disseminate evidence-based nutrition information, create healthy menus, implement nutrition programs, and evaluate progress. Work is conducted in a number of facilities including hospitals, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, private practice, and community and public health settings.

Career opportunities for dietitians and nutritionists are available with federal, state and county agencies. Educator dietitians teach healthy eating and nutrition science in school settings and teaching hospitals around the country. Career options for graduates from the Nutrition Programs include, but are not limited to, clinical nutrition, food service and hospitality management, long term care clinical management, weight loss consultants, community nutritionist, sports nutrition, corporate wellness programs, marketing and public relations, health and nutrition writing, school nutrition and food service, correctional food service director, health coaching, entrepreneurship, and college and university professors.

Any Barrett student who is considering majoring or minoring in Nutrition should contact Dr. Karen Sweazea at

Faculty Honors Advisors

Karen Sweazea

Thesis/Creative Projects: 

The honors thesis/creative project is an excellent opportunity to gain experience conducting original research under the advisement of a nutrition faculty member. A topic for your thesis or creative project usually emerges from an aspect of an introductory course that sparks your interest, and then becomes more refined as a depth of knowledge is furthered by taking other classes in the related area. For example, an interest in Childhood Obesity may begin in an Introductory Nutrition or Human Nutrition class, and more background is gathered by taking the Maternal and Child Nutrition (NTR) course and the Obesity Prescriptions (EXW) course.

We strongly encourage Nutrition majors to begin planning their thesis/creative project by the fall of their junior year, particularly if you would like to be engaged in research during the summer before your senior year. After completing the information session, the following steps are required:

  1. Meet with the Faculty Honors Advisor to discuss your areas of interest.
  2. Consult with an appropriate thesis/creative project director.
  3. Form a Barrett Thesis/Creative Project committee with a minimum of two members; the director (who must be a regularly appointed lecturer or professor with a terminal degree) and one other committee member with expertise in the area of interest, after consultation with the director. We strongly recommend three committee members, however.
  4. Develop a brief prospectus in collaboration with your thesis/creative project director and submit within the timelines identified by Barrett.
  5. Complete the research or creative project with collaboration from the committee. Expectations regarding what constitute a thesis or creative project varies among faculty members and will be conveyed by your advisor. However, the thesis/creative project will require either independent development of a project with written documentation of the project rationale, method of development and evaluation of the project or completion of a research study and analysis of the results. A research paper relating the research completed by other researchers (a review) does not meet the criteria for a thesis/creative project.
  6. The thesis/creative project defense must be scheduled and held according to Barrett timelines and all committee members must be physically present at the defense.

Please review the description of the nutrition program faculty as potential SNHP honors advisors; freely explore other relevant ASU faculty members in other programs.


  • Explore Barrett Resources: Barrett has excellent online resources outlining the Honors Thesis projects. 
  • Attend a Thesis Workshop: Barrett also arranges several workshops throughout the semester to help you get started with your thesis and to de-mystify the thesis process.
  • Talk to CHS Faculty: faculty have experience mentoring students on the Honors Thesis and can guide you through the process and advise you what they might expect.
  • Review past thesis documents: Barrett Honors College has a library of documents previously prepared by Honors students. These are an excellent resource to help plan the structure of your document. You can schedule an appointment to view past projects in the Barrett Thesis Library by contacting the Barrett Advising Office at or 480-965-9155.
  • Attend thesis defenses: Every student publicly presents thesis outcomes as part of a defense. Attending a defense before you do your own will help you prepare and give you a sense of how to present your outcomes as well as the kinds of questions you might expect. A schedule of upcoming defenses can be found online.
  • Talk to other CHS Honors students: If they are currently going through the thesis process, or preparing for it, talking to other students can help plan for your thesis.
  • Talk to CHS Faculty Honors Advisors or Advising Staff.
Academic Preparation: 

Students may enroll in 3 credits of NTR 492: Honor’s Directed Study and 3 credits of NTR 493: Honor’s Thesis. Questions about registering for NTR classes should be directed to the School’s Undergraduate Academic Success Coordinator, Shanan Bouchard at

In order to register for NTR 492, we need at least an email of approval from the faculty director and a short paragraph that describes the student’s project. A copy of the student’s prospectus is also required before he or she can receive an override to register for NTR 493. You can send these materials to your Faculty Honors Advisor Karen Sweazea at

All Barrett Honors students must complete a thesis/creative project information session prior to enrolling in thesis credit (492 or 493). The session is designed to make certain each student has been informed about the process, expectations, and deadlines. Students may complete this requirement in several ways:
1. Through a workshop or course offered in an academic unit and approved by Barrett.
2. Through a workshop/session (several any semester) or a course (one each semester at PHX Downtown campus) offered by Barrett.
3. Through an online workshop offered through Barrett via ASU Canvas. Refer to Barrett, The Honors College page for further information on enrolling in an information session.

Other Honors Opportunities: 

Honors Classes & Honors Enrichment Contracts:
Barrett students entering with lower division status complete 30 honors credits (at least 18 must be upper division) in addition to the HON 171 and 272 course sequence, a total of 36 honor credits. Students entering with upper division status complete 21 honors credits (all upper division and one must be a HON 300 seminar). Specific honors courses or sections can be taken to meet this requirement.

Honors contracts can be developed with a regularly appointed faculty members for any course. Honors contract projects should be determined jointly by the student and faculty member. The honors contract should ideally increase student understanding of course topics and provide a benefit to the faculty. It is also recommended that students pursue research and projects directed by faculty in order to develop research ideas and further career opportunities prior to starting an honors thesis/creative project.