Required Courses

A faculty advisor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences (the “home” department for the major) will assist in planning your schedule.

In your first two years at the University, you will complete the background courses required in such areas as chemistry, physiology, microbiology, communications, and psychology. You will also take introductory courses in food and nutrition. Professional-level coursework in the degree program begins in the junior year and is offered through the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Food Science. All dietetics students must complete the University and CALS General Education Requirements (GER).

During your senior year in Dietetics, you may apply for a dietetic internship to complete the required supervised practice experience.  Your B.S. degree in Dietetics and this internship will prepare you to become a Registered Dietitian.  See Careers for more information.

Beyond the University requirements, the course requirements specifically for students majoring in Dietetics are listed below. Note that several courses are considered equivalent and may be substituted for each other (e.g. Microbio 101 or 303 and Biochem 501 or Biomolecular Chem 314). You may download a Dietetics Curriculum Sheet for help in planning your courses.

BiochemistryIntroduction to BiochemistryI, II; 3 cr. Chemistry, nutrition, and metabolism of biological systems. Not accepted toward departmental M.S. or Ph.D. degree. Prereqs: Chem. 341 or 343.

Students may choose between taking Biochem 501 or Bmol Chem 314; taking both courses is NOT required.

Department Class Title Class Description
Nutritional Sciences 332 Human Nutritional Needs I, II; 3 cr. Lectures, discussion.,Biological basis of the nutritional,requirements of humans and the influence of psychological and societal,factors on the manner of their fulfillment. Prereqs: Chem 103; Chem 104,or Biochem 201 or Bmol Chem 314.
431 Nutrition in the Life Span II; 3 cr. Influence of nutrition on growth and development;,physiological basis of nutritional requirements throughout the life,span, including the relationship of food habits and nutrition to,selected chronic diseases; principles of nutritional intervention in,community programs. Prereqs: Jr st; Nutr Sci 332 (grade of C or better),& Physiol 335 (grade of C or better) or cons inst.
500 Undergraduate Capstone Seminar Laboratory I, II; 1 cr. Current topics in Nutritional Sciences and undergraduate,research presentations. Enrollment limited to Nutritional Sciences,majors. Prereqs: Nutr Sci 431 and Nutr Sci 510,(or con reg) and Sr st,or second sem Jr st in Nutritional Sciences major,or cons inst.
510 Biochemical Principles of Human and Animal Nutrition (PDF, 98 KB – Crosslisted with Biochem) I; 3 cr. Lectures in nutrition for students with a substantial background in biochemistry. Emphasis on biochemical and physiological fundamentals of nutrition. Discussion of protein, fat, carbohydrate, energy, minerals and vitamins and their roles and interrelationships in nutrition and metabolism. Prereqs: Biochem 501 or 602 or cons inst.
520 Applications in Clinical Nutrition I, II; 2 cr. Capstone course includes clinical problem solving, assessing medical record data, evaluating food intake, planning modified diets, and reviewing medical and research literature. Develops critical thinking, teamwork and communication skills needed by the dietetic intern and dietitian. Prereqs: Nutri Sci 631 & Sr in Dietetics major or Nutr Sci 631 & Sr in Nutri Sci major, Nat Sci opt & cons inst.
631 Clinical Nutrition (PDF, 80 KB) I; 4 cr. Body systems in relation to the alterations in nutrition and metabolism that accompany disease states. Research related to therapeutic nutrition. Prereq: Nutr Sci 332, 431; Biochem 501 or Biomolchem 314; or cons inst.
Food Science 301 Introduction to the Science and Technology of Food I, II, 3 cr. An introduction to the chemical, physical and microbiological nature of food and how these factors are manipulated to produce food that is safe and of high quality. A brief overview of food processing operations. Hot topics in the field. Prereqs: Majoring in FS, Nutr Sci, Dietetics, or BSE, 1 sem of org chemistry, 1 sem of college biology; Math 114; Bact 101/102 or 303/304, or con reg or cons ins.
437 Food Service Operations I; 3 cr. Principles and methods of technical operations in quantity foodservice systems; menu planning, purchasing, production, service and cost control. Prereqs: Food Sci 235, 236 & con reg in Food Sci 438 or 439.
438 Food Service Operations Lab I; 1 cr. Procurement and production methods used to control costs in foodservice operations; field trips. Prereqs: Con Reg Food Sci 437.
537 Organization and Management of Food and Nutrition Services II; 3 cr. Lecture. Principles of organization; the management process in foodservice systems; allocation of resources; budget development; personnel supervision and evaluation. Prereqs: Food Sci 437 & MHR 300.
Biomolecular Chemistry 314 Introduction to Human Biochemistry I, SS; 3 cr. Lectures and conferences on introductory aspects of biological chemistry with an emphasis on providing a broad overview of both basic and clinical aspects of human biochemistry for health professionals. Prereqs: Chem 104 or 108 or equivalent.Students may choose between taking Bmol Chem 314 or Biochem 501; taking both courses is NOT required.
Chemistry *103 General Chemistry I, II, SS; 4 cr. Introduction. Stoichiometry and the mole concept, the behavior of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, electronic structure of atoms and chemical bonding, descriptive chemistry of selected elements and compounds, chemical equilibrium. For students taking one year or more of college chemistry; serves as a prereq for Chem 104; lecture, lab and discussion. Prereqs: Math 101 or placement at or above Math 112. Con reg in Math 112 or above and 1 year HS chem recommended. Open to Fr. Only 4-5 cr from Chem 103, 108 and 109 will be accepted for degree credit.
*104 General Chemistry I, II, SS; 5 cr. Principles and application of chemical equilibrium, coordination chemistry, oxidation-reduction and electrochemistry, kinetics, nuclear chemistry, introduction to organic chemistry. Lecture, lab, and discussion. Prereqs: Chem 103 and Math 101 or placement at or above Math 112; Open to Fr. Not for credit for those who have taken Chem 110, or 116.*Students must take BOTH Chem 103 and 104 unless taking Chem 109
**109 General and Analytical Chemistry I I; 5 cr. Atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, nuclear chemistry, kinetic molecular theory, quantum theory and chemical bonding. For most chemistry majors, chemistry course students, chemical engineers, and students majoring in areas closely related to chemistry. Lecture, lab, and discussion. Prereqs: 1 yr HS Chem, 3 yr HS Math; suitable math placement score. Open to Fr. Only 4-5 credits from Chem 103, 108, and 109 will be accepted for degree credit.**Neither Chem 103 nor 104 are required if taking Chem 109
341 Introductory Organic Chemistry I; 3 cr. For those students who expect to take only 1 sem organic chem; Prereqs: Chem 104, 107, or 109. Not for credit for those who have taken Chem 343.Students may choose between taking Chem 341 or 343; taking both courses is NOT required.
343 Introductory Organic Chemistry I, II; 3 cr. For students expecting to take 2 sems. organic chem. Prereqs: Chem 104 or 109. Not for credit for those who have taken Chem 341.Students may choose between taking Chem 343 or 341; taking both courses is NOT required.
Educational Psychology 301 Human Abilities and Learning I, II, SS; 2-3 cr. Principles and techniques of learning, individual differences in abilities. Prereqs: So st.Students may choose between Ed Psych 301, Agronomy 379, Inter HE 427, 428, or 515; only 1 of the 5 courses is required.
Inter-HE 427 Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Education (Crosslisted with Curric) II; 3 cr. Theory and principles of teaching and learning in family and consumer education. Prereqs: Jr st or cons inst.
428 Program Planning in Family and Consumer Education (Crosslisted with Curric) I; 3 cr. Theory and processes of program planning for formal and informal educational settings; relation of vocational education to secondary, adult, and continuing education programs. Prereqs: Jr st or cons inst.
515 Principles of Adult Education I or II; 3 cr. Formerly CAVE 515. Explores the theory and research of adult education which underlies program planning, adult development and learning, and evaluation and the application of the related principles and concepts to the actual practice of adult education in diverse settings with diverse audiences.Students may choose between Inter HE 427, 428, 515, Ed Psych 301, or Agronomy 379; only 1 of the 5 courses is required.
Life Sciences Communication 377 Teaching Methods in Agri-science Education (Crosslisted with Curric) II; 3 cr. Theory and principles of teaching and learning in agri-science education. Prereqs: Jr st or cons inst.
Mathematics *112 Algebra I, II, SS; 3 cr. Polynomial equations, remainder and factor theorems, functions, graphs of functions, simultaneous linear equations, logarithm and exponential functions, sequences and series, mathematical induction, binomial theorem. Prereqs: Intermed math comp (usually 3 units of HS math) & suitable placement scores, or Math 100 or 101. Open to Fr. Stdts may not receive cr for both Math 112 & 114.
*113 Trigonometry I, II, SS; 2 cr. Graphs, properties and geometric significance of trigonometric functions of a real variable, trigonometric equations and identities, applications, trigonometric form of complex numbers, DeMiovre’s theorem. Prereqs: Adv Math comp-algebra & suitable placement scores or completion of Math 112. Stdts may not receive cr for both Math 113 & 114. Open to Fr.*Students must take BOTH Math 112 and 113 unless taking Math 114 or having already satisfied the requirement by placement exam.
**114 Algebra and Trigonometry I; 5 cr. Covers Math 112 and Math 113. Not recommended for students with less than an AB in Math 100 or 101. Prereqs: Intermed math comp (usually 3 units HS math) & suitable plct scores, or Math 100 or 101. Open to Fr. Stdts may not receive cr for both Math 112 & 114 nor for both 113 & 114.**Neither Math 112 nor 113 are required if taking Math 114 or by satifying the requirement with a placement exam.
Microbiology 101 General Microbiology I, II, SS; 3 cr. Survey of microorganisms and their activities; emphasis on structure, function, ecology, nutrition, physiology, and genetics. Survey of applied microbiology-medical, agricultural, food and industrial microbiology. Intended to satisfy any curriculum which requires introductory level microbiology. See 102 if laboratory is desired. Prereqs: Chem 103 or 108 or 109 or 115. Stdts may not receive cr for both Bact 101 & 303. Stdts with one sem organic chem who will continue in biol or phys sci take 303. Open to Fr.Students may choose between taking Microbio 101 or 303; taking both courses is NOT required.
102 General Microbiology Laboratory I, II, SS; 2 cr. Covers techniques and procedures used in general microbiology, including cultivation, enumeration, aseptic techniques, physiology and selected applications. Prereqs: Bact 101 or con reg preferred). Stdts may not receive credit for both Bact 102 and 304. Open to Fr.Students may choose between taking Microbio 102 or 304; taking both courses is NOT required.
303 Procaryotic Microbiology I, II, SS; 3 cr. Basic biology of procaryotic microorganisms, including structure, function, physiology, genetics and ecology of bacteria. If a laboratory is desired, concurrent registration in Bact 304 is recommended. Prereqs: Prev. crse. in botany, zoology, Biocore or gen biol; 1 sem org chem or con reg. No degree credit for both Bact 101 and 303. Required of Bact majors, recommended for Biol Sci majors.Students may choose between taking Microbio 303 or 101; taking both courses is NOT required.
304 Procaryotic Microbiology Laboratory I, II, SS; 2 cr. Introduction to modern laboratory techniques used to study the distribution and properties of microorganisms. This is the companion lab to Bacteriology 303. Degree credits cannot be earned in both Bacteriology 102 and 304. Prereqs: Bact 303 or con reg. Required of Bact majors and recommended for bio-sci majors.Students may choose between taking Microbio 304 or 102; taking both courses is NOT required.
Physiology 335 Physiology I, II, SS; 5 cr. Lectures, recitations, demonstrations and labs. Prereqs: Biol or Zool & Gen Chem before enroll. Not open to Fr.
Psychology 202 Introduction to Psychology I, II, SS; 3 cr. Same as Psych 201 without discussion section. Prereqs: Open to Fr. Stdts may not receive credit for both Psych 201 & 202.
210 Psychometric Methods I, II, SS; 3 cr. Measures of central tendency, variability; probability, sampling distributions; hypothesis testing, confidence intervals; t-tests; Chi-square; regression and correlation (linear) and introduction to analysis of variance (1-way). Prereqs: May be taken con with Psych 202 or 281. Open to Fr.Students may choose between taking Psych 210, Soc 360, Stat 201, 301, 371; only 1 of the 5 courses is required.
Sociology 360 Statistics for Sociologists I (Crosslisted with Rur Soc 360). I, II, SS; 4 cr. Presentation of sociological data; descriptive statistics; probability theory and statistical inference; estimation and tests of hypotheses; regression and correlation and the analysis of contingency tables; lectures and lab. Prereqs: So st. Stdts may receive cr for only one of the following crses: Soc/Rur Soc 359, 360.Students may choose between taking Soc 360, Psych 210, Stat 201, 301, 371; only 1 of the 5 courses is required.
Statistics 201 Principles of Statistics I, II; 3 cr (r-E). Need for scientific methods in collecting, reporting, and interpreting information; inferences and decisions in the presence of uncertainty and statistical variation; elements of probability; random variables; Binomial and Normal probability distributions; point and interval estimation of means and proportions; tests of statistical hypotheses; estimation of variances. Prereqs: Open to Fr. Stdts may receive degree cr for no more than one of the following crses: Stat 201, 224, and 301.
301 Introduction to Statistical Methods I, II, SS; 3 cr. Distributions, measures of central ten-dency, dispersion and shape, the normal distribution; experiments to compare means, standard errors, confidence intervals; effects of departure from assumption; method of least squares, regression, correlation, assumptions and limitations; basic ideas of experimental design. Prereqs: Open to Fr. Stdts may receive degree cr for no more than one of the following: Stat 201, 224, 301, 324, and 371.
371 Introductory Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences I, II; 3 cr. The course will provide students in the life sciences with an introduction to modern statistical practice. Topics include: exploratory data analysis, probability and random variables; one-sample testing and confidence intervals, role of assumptions, sample size determination, two-sample inference; basic ideas in experimental design, analysis of variance, linear regression, goodness-of fit; biological applications. Prereqs: Math 112 & 113 or Math 114. Open to Fr. Stdts may receive cr for no more than one of the following crses: Stat 201, 224, 301, 324, & 371.Students may choose between taking Stat 201, 301, 371, Psych 210, or Soc 360; only 1 of the 5 courses is required.
Zoology *101 Animal Biology I, II, SS; 3 cr. General biological principles. Topics include: evolution, ecology, animal behavior, cell structure and function, genetics and molecular genetics and the phys-iology of a variety of organ systems emphasizing function in humans. Prereqs: Open to Fr. Not for credit for those who have taken Zool 151 or 152 or equiv.
*102 Animal Biology Laboratory I, II, SS; 2 cr. Prereqs: Zool 101 or con reg. Open to Fr.*Students must take BOTH Zoo 101 and 102 unless taking Chem 151.
**151 Introductory Biology **151 Introductory Biology.(Crosslisted with Botany) I, II; 5 cr. First semester of a two semester course designed for majors in biological sciences. Topics include: cell structure and function, cellular metabolism (enzymes, respiration, photosynthesis), information flow (DNA, RNA, protein), principles of genetics and a survey of the five major kingdoms of organisms. Prereqs: Open to Fr. HS chem or con reg in coll chem strongly advised.**Neither Zoo 101 nor 102 are required if taking Zoo 151.

The following classes are recommended supporting courses.

Department/Grouping Class Description
Nutrition 350 World Hunger and Malnutrition (Crosslisted with Agronomy, Inter-AG, AAE) II; 3 cr (B-I). Hunger and poverty in developing countries and the United States. Topics include: nutrition and health, population, food production and availability, and income distribution and employment.
540 Community Nutrition Programs and Policy Issues II; 1 cr (B-I). Students will increase their understanding of community-based nutrition needs, intervention programs and policy issues in the U.S. Written assignments will demonstrate students’ positions on related issues. P: Nutr Sci 431 or cons inst.
672 Herbals, Homeopathy, and Dietary Supplements (Crosslisted with Phm Prac) II; 2-3 cr. Covers regulations and clinical science regarding the use of herbals, homeopathic remedies, and dietary supplements, focusing on peer-reviewed studies and integration with allopathic drugs; includes discussion of marketing issues. P: Phm Sci 432 or Biochem 501 or Bmolchem 314; Physiol 335; or cons inst.
Food Science 324 Food Microbiology Laboratory (Crosslisted with Microbio) I; 2 cr (B-I). Lab exercises dealing with food preservation, spoilage, and food poisoning. Isolation, identification and quantification of specific microbes occurring in foods, and food fermentations by bacteria and yeast. P: Bact 102 or 304; Bact/Food Sci 325 or con reg.
325 Food Microbiology (Crosslisted with Microbio) I; 3 cr (B-I). Principles of food preservation, epidemiology of foodborne illness, agents of foodborne illness, food fermentations and biotechnology. P: Bact 101 or 303 or MM&I 301 or cons inst.
410 Food Chemistry I II; 3 cr (B-I). Lecture. Nature and chemical behavior of food constituents including proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, water, enzymes, pigments and flavors. P: Biochem 501 or equiv & Chem 221 or Food Sci 310.
Nursing 105 Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Approach (Crosslisted with S&A PHM, Soc Work, Ther Sci) I, II; 2 cr (S-E). Introduction to health care systems. Factors affecting health and the value placed on health, the delivery of health care in different settings, the roles of various health workers, and the sociological and economic aspects of health care. Does not count as a B.S.-Pharmacy professional elective. P: Open to all undergrads. PRN’s & NUR’s must register for 2 cr.
600 Interdisciplinary Rural Primary Health Care Practice (Crosslisted with Phm Prac, Phy Asst, Soc Work) I; 2 cr (D). (Using a framework of interdisciplinary health care teams and community-based practice models, the course focuses on the provision of primary health care services in rural and underserved populations. P: Sr st in a health professions prgm e.g. nurs, phy asst, pharm, soc wrk, med, nutr, occ ther, phy ther or cons inst.
746 Interdisciplinary, Coordinated Care of the Child with Chronic Illness (Crosslisted with Pediat, Phm Prac, Soc Work) 2-3 cr. Workshops, case conferences/simulations, and problem-solving exercises are presented by members of an interdisciplinary pediatric team and guest speakers. Course integrates knowledge from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, nutrition, respiratory care, home care, and education with an emphasis on critical transition points in the care of children with chronic disease. P: Grad st and/or cons inst.
Other Courses Anatomy 328 Human Anatomy II; 3 cr (B-E). Lectures. Structure of the human body. P: Admission to professional curric in nursing, pre-nursing, or pre-physician assistant program.
Comm Arts 368 Theory and Practice of Persuasion I, II; 3 cr (S-I). A theory-based examination of the role of communication in attitude formation and planned social change. Analysis and creation of persuasive messages. P: So st.
Couns Psych 650 Theory and Practice in Interviewing I, II, SS; 3 cr (S-D). Theoretical bases for conducting interviews; types of interviewing; introduction to counseling and interviewing techniques. Limited opportunity to practice. P: Jr st.
Inter HE- 340 Technology-based Family and Consumer Education Programs for Adults 2 cr. Focuses on family and consumer education programs for adults providing a concise overview of the use of technology to meet the educational needs of families and consumers with new life styles and a variety of learning styles.
Marketing 300 Marketing Management I, II, SS; 3 cr (S-I). Planning and controlling the elements of the marketing program; marketing organization, product and service, packaging, pricing, promotion and physical distribution. P: Jr st & Econ 101 (not open to Grads).
Path 404 Pathophysiologic Principles of Human Diseases II; 3-4 cr (B-A). Primarily for students of pharmacy and nursing to provide a basic understanding of the causes, pathophysiology, pathology and clinical manifestations of disease states. Required course for pharmacy and nursing programs. P: Physiol 335.
Phm Sci 401 Survey of Pharmacology I; 3 cr (B-I). Pharmacological and toxicological actions and therapeutic use of important drugs. P: Physiol 335; Biochem 201 or 501 or Bmolchem 314. Not open for credit to School of Pharm stdts.
Pop Hlth 575 The Biological Processes of Aging (Crosslisted with Anatomy) II; 3 cr (B-I). Lecture. Theories and mechanisms of the aging process with special reference to biological changes within and between cultures. Studies of decreasing ability to adapt to environment with age, due to anatomical and physiological changes in the human body, organ systems, cellular and molecular levels. P: Jr st, 2 sems of chem, gen biol or zool, intro physiol or cons inst.
Rur Soc 222 Food, Culture, and Society (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-E). Social and cultural dimensions of the production, preparation, and consumption of food. Uses historical and cross-cultural analytical frameworks. Treats a wide variety of topics including pre-capitalist food systems, hunger, vegetarianism, sustainable agriculture, food and gender, genetic engineering. P: Open to Fr.
Soc 531 Sociology of Medicine I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Cultural, social, and social psychological factors in disease processes, distribution of disease, social definitions of illness, and organization of the health professions and health facilities. P: Jr st and intro course in soc or cons inst.
Womens Studies 103 Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease I, II, SS; 3 cr (N-E). Basic facts about the structure and functioning of the female body. Attention to the adjustments that organ systems make during physiological events (stress, exercise, eating, menstruation, sexual/reproductive activity, and aging) and during pathological or disease processes. The effects on the body of environmental and psychological factors. Relationships between women patients, health professionals, and available treatment and diagnostic modalites analyzed. P: Open to Fr.