Dietetics B.S.

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: Janice Riegel, Administrative Assistant

Location: Gunter 2280

Telephone: 970.351.2755

Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/dietetics

 

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

 

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

This program is designed for the undergraduate who would like to pursue dietetic registration and/or licensure in several states. The Dietetics major offers a wide range of studies related to foods and nutrition applicable in several health care settings in the community and health care organizations as well as for food service in public, government, and private organizations. The focus of the bachelor of science degree is to prepare graduates for dietetic internships and entry-level practice. Physiological, biochemical, and behavioral sciences provide the foundation for study. Social, environmental, cultural and psychological factors affecting food accessibility and dietary intake related to health care are covered. Students also develop human relationship skills and expertise in addressing nutritional needs throughout the life cycle.

The undergraduate Dietetics Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606 (331-899-0040, ext 5400), as a Didactic Program in Dietetics. At the senior level, students are eligible to apply for ACEND accredited dietetic internships. With successful completion of the B.S. Dietetics degree at UNC and completion of an accredited internship, the graduate is eligible to take the registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian.

Students interested in Dietetics are accepted as Dietetics-Seeking majors if they meet the general admission requirements of the University. Students in the Dietetics-Seeking major will receive academic advisement from members of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program faculty regarding formal application to the Dietetics Program. 

Program Admission Requirements:

The designation of Dietetics-Seeking as a major does not assure admission to the Dietetics Program. Students must make a separate application to the Dietetics Program, typically during the spring semester of the sophomore year or when at least 60 credit hours have been completed. Prior to acceptance into the Program, students must have completed BIO 110, BIO 245, CHEM 111 & CHEM 111L, FND 210, FND 245, PSY 120, and STAT 150 with grades of C or better (C- is not acceptable), earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and received advisement by a Nutrition and Dietetics faculty member.

Program Requirements:

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and grades of C or better (C- is not acceptable) in all degree required courses to earn a B.S. Dietetics degree. Students meeting these requirements will earn a Verification Statement making them eligible to apply for the accredited dietetic internship programs as the next step toward achieving dietetic registration. 

Students with an existing bachelor's degree may earn a Verification Statement by completing the required program courses; however, students must be degree seeking to be eligible for financial aid through UNC.

NOTE: The School of Human Sciences also offers an ACEND accredited dietetic internship. Application is separate from the undergraduate program. The dietetic internship is a non-degree granting program and thereby students are not eligible for financial aid administered by the Office of Financial Aid.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 18 credits

LAC area 1b. — Intermediate Composition

SCI 291Scientific Writing

3

LAC area 2 — Mathematics

STAT 150Introduction to Statistical Analysis

3

LAC area 5 — Social and Behavioral Sciences

PSY 120Principles of Psychology

3

LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

BIO 110Principles of Biology

4

CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I

4

CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I Laboratory

1

Remaining LAC — 22 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

NOTE: Students need to select a course from Area 8 that also counts for Areas 3 or 4.

2. Required Major — 57 credits

Take all of the following courses:

FND 210Medical Terminology

2

FND 245Introduction to Nutrition

3

FND 252Nutrition in the Life Cycle

3

FND 310Introduction to Foods

2

FND 310LIntroduction to Foods Laboratory

2

FND 320Nutrition Applications in Foodservice

2

FND 320LNutrition Applications in Foodservice Laboratory

1

FND 370Nutrition Education and Application Strategies

3

FND 410Professional Development Seminar

2

FND 430Nutrition Assessment and Intervention

2

FND 430LNutrition Assessment and Intervention Laboratory

1

FND 431Medical Nutrition Intervention

2

FND 431LMedical Nutrition Intervention Laboratory

1

FND 446Foodservice Systems Management

3

FND 446LFoodservice Systems Management Laboratory

1

FND 451Advanced Nutrition

3

FND 452Community Nutrition

3

BAMG 350Management of Organizations

3

BAMK 260Introduction to Marketing

3

BIO 245Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

4

BIO 351Microbiology

4

CHEM 231Principles of Organic Chemistry

3

CHEM 381Principles of Biochemistry

3

CHEM 381LPrinciples of Biochemistry Lab

1

NOTE: Nutrition and Dietetics Programs will accept equivalency credit for FND prefixed courses if the course was taken within the last 10 years of the student's catalog of record for the current major.

3. University-Wide Credits — 23 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 23 credits.

NOTES: Students can not double major in both Dietetics and Nutrition. Dietetics majors can not minor in Nutrition.