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College of Human Ecology


Department of Nutrition and Dietetics


William Forsythe, Chairperson, 148 Rivers Building

The dietetics major is a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association. CADE is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. All core classes, cognate classes, and foundations curriculum classes listed below must be completed with a C or higher. To declare a major in nutrition and dietetics, students must complete all cognate classes with a C or higher and have at least a 2.75 GPA. To continue in the program and to graduate, students must maintain a 2.75 GPA. Students who fall below the minimum GPA will have one semester to raise their GPA. Failure to do so will result in removal from the major.

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics also offers a dietetic internship that is accredited by CADE. (See graduate catalog for details.) Completion of an approved DPD and an accredited dietetic internship or other accredited/approved supervised experience program are required to become a registered dietitian (RD). Completion of the BS degree in nutrition and dietetics does not guarantee entrance into an internship. Entrance into our internship is competitive and requires admittance into the graduate school, a 3.0 GPA, and 850 GRE score.

BS in Nutrition and Dietetics

Each NUTR course must be completed with a minimum grade of C. Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs), including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    CHEM 1150, 1151. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: Chemistry placement test or passing grade in CHEM 0150; P/C: MATH 1065)
    CHEM 1160, 1161. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: CHEM 1150, 1151; C for 1160: CHEM 1161; C for 1161: CHEM 1160; RC: MATH 1083 or 1085)
    COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) or COMM 2420. Business and Professional Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    ECON 2113. Principles of Microeconomics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on mathematics placement test)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    SOCI 2110. Introduction to Sociology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Core - 59 s.h.
    NUTR 1010. Cultural Foods (3)
    NUTR 1300. Introduction to Dietetics (3)
    NUTR 1330. Food Safety and Sanitation (1)
    NUTR 2105. Nutrition Science (3)
    NUTR 2330. Food Science (4) (P: NUTR 1330) (Formerly NUTR 3303)
    NUTR 2400. Nutrition Assessment (3) (P: NUTR 2105)
    NUTR 3104. Advanced Vitamins and Minerals (2) (P: BIOL 2130, 2131; NUTR 2105)
    NUTR 3105. Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism (3) (WI) (P: CHEM 2650, 2651; or equivalent; NUTR 3104)
    NUTR 3311. Life Cycle Nutrition (4) (P: NUTR 2105)
    NUTR 3330. Financial Management in Dietetics (4) (P: NUTR 2330; nutrition major)
    NUTR 3500. Nutrition Research Methodology (3) (WI) (P: NUTR 2105, 3105; C: NUTR 3501; nutrition major)
    NUTR 3501. Nutrition Research Methodology Laboratory (1) (WI) (P: NUTR 2105, 3105; C: NUTR 3500: nutrition major)
    NUTR 3535. Nutrition Education and Counseling (3) (P: NUTR 2400)
    NUTR 4300. Professional Preparation in Dietetics (1) (Senior standing; nutrition major
    NUTR 4312. Medical Nutrition Therapy I (4) (P: NUTR 3105; nutrition major)
    NUTR 4313. Medical Nutrition Therapy II (4) (P: NUTR 4312; nutrition major)
    NUTR 4330. Food Production Principles of Dietetics (4) (P: NUTR 3330; nutrition major)
    NUTR 4331. Food Production in Dietetics Lab (3) (P: NUTR 4330: nutrition major)
    NUTR 4500. Community Nutrition (3) (P: Nutrition major)
    NUTR 4600. Senior Seminar (3) (P: Senior standing)
  3. Cognates - 19 s.h.
    BIOL 1050. General Biology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC)
    BIOL 2110, 2111. Fundamentals of Microbiology (4,0) (F,S) (FC:SC) P for 2110: 7 s.h. in CHEM; RP for 2110; BIOL 1050, 1051 or 1100, 1101.
    BIOL 2130. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy (4) (F,S,SS) (P: BIOL 1050, 1051; or 1100, 1101)
    BIOL 2131. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy Laboratory (1) (F,S,SS) (P/C: BIOL 2130)
    CHEM 2650. Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences (4) (F) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161)
    CHEM 2651. Organic Chemistry Lab for the Life Sciences (1) (F) (C: CHEM 2650)
    HIMA 3000. Medical Terminology for Health Professionals (3) (F,S,SS)
    Choose a 3 s.h. statistics course
  4. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

Nutrition Minor

The minor in nutrition requires 28 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Core - 15 s.h.
    NUTR 1010. Cultural Foods (3)
    NUTR 2105. Nutrition Science (3)
    NUTR 2400. Nutrition Assessment (3) (P: NUTR 2105)
    NUTR 3104. Advanced Vitamins and Minerals (2) (P: BIOL 2130, 2131; NUTR 2105)
    NUTR 3311. Life Cycle Nutrition (4) (P: NUTR 2105)
  2. Cognates - 13 s.h.
    BIOL 2130. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy (4) (F,S,SS) (P: BIOL 1050, 1051; or 1100, 1101)
    BIOL 2131. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy Laboratory (1) (F,S,SS) (P/C: BIOL 2130)
    CHEM 2650, 2651. Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences and Laboratory (4,1) (F) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161)
    Choose a 3 s.h. statistics course.