Dietetics Curriculum

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This is a sample curriculum for a B.S. Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition, Dietetics Concentration. A minimum of 126 hours is needed for graduation from this program. Course requirements may change, so students should plan to meet regularly with the academic advisor. Students enrolled in this curriculum must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.

For first year students, FSHN 150, Introduction to Dietetics, will educate them on what is available in the dietetics profession, as well as give them tools to aid them in their four year academic study, thus helping to direct them on a successful path into their career. For the final year of the program, the Senior Seminar in Dietetics helps seniors prepare for applying to Dietetics Internship (DI) Programs and is required to be eligible for an internship.

Maintenance of a high GPA is important in this curriculum. A GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or higher will benefit students in their application to a DI. To be competitive for a DI, a 3.2/4.0 is considered the minimum and a 3.4/4.0 necessary to be highly competitive. In addition to strong grades, related work experience and involvement in extracurricular activities are needed when applying to a DI. The dietetic course catalog provides a description of all required dietetic courses.

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Sample Freshman Schedule

Fall Semester 12-15 Hours Spring Semester 18 Hours
FSHN 101: Intro Food Science & Nutrition 3 MATH 234: Calculus for Business I2 4
FSHN 150: Intro to Dietetics 1 FSHN 232: Science of Food Preparation 3
ACES 101: Contemporary Issues in ACES 2 CHEM 102 & 103: General Chemistry I2 4
CMN 101: Public Speaking1 & 2 3 HDFS 105: Intro to Human Development2 3
Elective or Proficiency (CHEM 101 or MATH 112) 3-6 RHET 105: Writing and Research1 4

Sample Sophomore Schedule

Fall Semester 17 Hours Spring Semester 15-16 Hours
FSHN 250: Nutritional Physiology I
FSHN 251: Nutritional Physiology II
CHEM 104 & 105: General Chemistry II2
CHEM 232 & 233: Elem Organic Chemistry & Lab2
FSHN 220: Principles of Nutrition
CHLH 250: Health Care Systems 3
STAT 100: Statistics2 3 ACE 100 or ECON 102 or ECON 1032 3-4
Humanities/Cultural Studies/US Minorities2&3

Sample Junior Schedule

Fall Semester 14-15 Hours Spring Semester 17 Hours
Advanced Composition2 3 FSHN 322:  Nutrition and the Life Cycle 3
FSHN 249: Food Service Sanitation 1 FSHN 329: Communication in Nutrition 3
FSHN 340: Food Production and Service2 & 6 4 MCB 100 & 101: Intro Microbioloby & Lab2 5
FSHN 345: Strategic Operations Management 3 Humanities/Cultural Studies/US Minorities2 & 3 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences2 & 5 3-4 Dietetic Concentration Elective 3

Sample Senior Schedule

Fall Semester 14 Hours Spring Semester 12-15 Hours
FSHN 450: Dietetics: Professional Issues 2 FSHN 427: Biochemical Nutrition II 3
FSHN 420: Nutritional Aspects of Disease 3 FSHN 429: Nutrition Assessment & Therapy 3
FSHN 426: Biochemical Nutrition I 3

FSHN 459: Nutrition Assess & Therapy Lab

FSHN 428:  Community Nutrition 3 Elective 3-6
Humanities/Cultural Studies/US Minorities2 & 3 3    

1 CMN 111 & 112 can be substituted for RHET 105 and CMN 101.

2 Courses that can be taken during the summer

3 Any course in CHLH numbered 300-499; any course in FSHN numbered 300-4992; HDFS 301, Infancy/Early Childhood; HDFS 305, Middle Childhood; HDFS 310, Adult Development; HDFS 322, US Latina/o Families; any course in KIN number 300-4992 (2Cannot be used to fulfill more than one requirement)

4For full GenEd requirements, please visit the campus course catalog. Nine total hours of humanities/CS are required; this requirement consists of one course in Non-Western, one course in U.S. Minority Culture and one course in Western/Comparative Cultures.

5Choose one of the following courses for a social and behavioral sciences:  ANTH 101, ANTH 102, ANTH 103, ANTH 209, HDFS 220, PSYC 100, SOC 100.

6Prerequisite: FSHN 232 and credit or concurrent registration in FSHN 249 and FSHN 345.

Updated 4/21/2021


Students can also select a minor that reflects other interests that relate to dietetics. Poplular minors include Communication, Spanish and Business.