Degree: Bachelor of Science
Limited Access: Yes
Dietitians and nutritionists enjoy diverse and increasingly prestigious responsibilities among health professionals. In addition to general, clinical and community dietetics, the clinical dietitian or nutritionist may specialize in metabolic support, renal dietetics, pediatric dietetics, or clinical research. Students are also prepared for graduate school, institutional food service administration and product development for the food industry. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in the Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
Students must complete the following prerequisites required for admission in preparation for the upper division major. All may also be used to satisfy other requirements: General Education, major, collateral, etc.
MAC X105 (3) College Algebra
CGS X060 (3) Computer Literacy
CHM X045, X045L (3,1) and CHM X046, X046L(3,1) General Chemistry I, II with labs
CHM X200, X200L (3,1) Survey of Organic Chemistry with lab or CHM X210, X211 and CHM X211L
ECO X000 (3) Introduction to Economics or ECO X013 (3) or ECO X023 (3)
HUN X201 (3) Science of Nutrition (grade of 'B' or higher required)
PSY X012 (3) General Psychology or PSY X020 or PSY X113
*PET X322, X322L (3,1) Functional Anatomy and Physiology & lab or BSC X085 & X086 with labs (4,4). C+ or higher required. (Contact the departmental advisor about the BSC X085/X086 option.)
*MCB X004/X004L (3,1) General Microbiology and Lab or MCB2010/MCB2010L.
*Not required for admission consideration, but, if accepted into major, are required for graduation.
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of http://www.flvc.org.
Students must meet the following criteria for admission consideration:.
• Be an admitted or a current student of Florida State University,
• Have a 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA (may appeal if lower GPA with exceptional circumstances; contact department),
• Have HUN 1201 (3) Science of Nutrition completed with a final grade of 'B' or higher ( a B minus does not qualify),
• Complete DIE 3005 (1) Intro to Dietetics with a grade of “satisfactory (S)”.
DIE 3005 is offered in spring semester and in summer session B (first six weeks). Transfer students will have the opportunity to take this course in the first six weeks of the summer (session B) at FSU before admission decisions are made. Admission decisions will be made in mid-June.
Other criteria that will be considered for admission to this major
Indicator an aptitude in the sciences, with preferably a grade of 'B' or better in the following:
• CHM 1045, 1045L General Chemistry I, Lab
• CHM 1046, 1046L General Chemistry II, Lab
• CHM 2200, 2200L (or CHM 2210 and CHM 2211 with labs) Organic Chemistry; transfer students may take CHM 2210, CHM 2211 and labs before transferring to FSU or take CHM 2200, 2200L over the summer at FSU (when taking DIE 3005).
• Commitment to become a registered dietitian.
• Experience in or an understanding of the filed of dietetics.
For more information, please contact the department directly.
Major Program of Studies
In order to graduate with a major in Dietetics, students must achieve a minimum FSU overall GPA of 2.5.
Students must earn a B or higher in DIE 4310, DIE 4244 and DIE4244L, FSS 4315, HUN 1201,HUN3403 and HUN4296, a C+ or higher in PET 3322 and PET 3322L, and a grade of C minus or higher in all other required courses.
Graduates of the DPD program earn a DPD verification statement and are eligible to apply to graduate school and/or post baccalaureate, accredited dietetic internships. The dietetic internship, which provides the competencies for the supervised practice component of dietetic education, is required for eligibility to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.
College of Human Sciences core (6 hours)
FAD 2230 (3) Family Relationships
FAD 4601 (3) Foundations of Counseling
Departmental/Major requirements (51 hours)
DIE 3005 (1) Introduction to Dietetics
DIE 4243 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
DIE 4310 (3) Community Nutrition (B or higher)
DIE 4244, 4244L (3,1) Medical Nutrition Therapy, Lab (B or higher in both)
FOS 3026, 3026L (3,1) Foods, Foods Laboratory
FOS 4114C (4) Food Science
FSS 4135 (3) Food Economics
FSS 4312 (3) Food Service Management (B or higher)
HUN 4941 (3) Nutrition Practicum
HUN 1201 (3) The Science of Nutrition (B or higher)
HUN 2125 (3) Food and Society
HUN 3224 (3) Intermediary Metabolism of Nutrients I
HUN 3226 (3) Intermediary Metabolism of Nutrients II
HUN 3403 (3) Life Cycle Nutrition (B or higher)
HUN 4905 (1) Professional & Ethical Issues in Dietetics
PET 3322, 3322L (3,1) Functional Anatomy & Physiology I or BSC 2085/2086 and labs (3,3,1,1) Anatomy & Physiology (C+ or higher required in each.) Please contact the department about the BSC 2085/2086 option.
PET 3361 (3) Nutrition and Sport
Collateral Coursework: 34 hours
The following coursework outside of the department must also be completed with a C minus or higher grade. Most of these courses may also be used to satisfy prerequisites, General Educationor other graduation requirements.
CGS 2060 (3) Computer Literacy (or other University approved computer literacy course.)
ECO 2000 (3) Introduction to Economics or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023
PSY 2012 (3) General Psychology
MAC 1105 (3) College Algebra
STA 2122 (3) Introduction to Applied Statistics or STA 2023 (3) Fundamentals of Business Statistics
BCH 3023C (3) Introduction to Biochemistry
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) and CHM 1046, 1046L(3,1) General Chemistry I and II with labs
CHM 2200, 2200L (3,1) Survey of Organic Chemistry, Lab or CHM2210(3), CHM 2211(3), and CHM2211L(3)
MCB 2004, MCB 2004L (3,1) General Microbiology, General Microbiology Laboratory
Computer Skills Competency: CGS 2060 (3) or other University approved computer literacy course.
Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 beyond other requirements.
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course; SPC 1017 suggested.
Electives: Varies; students are required to take electives to bring their total hours to the required 120.
Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Min. Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 57*
Collateral Coursework 34*
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 beyond collateral
Oral Competency 0-3 beyond major
Electives to bring total hours to 120
* NOTE: Many courses may be used to satisfy more than one requirement—Prerequisites, General Education, Major, Collateral, Computer Skills Competency. Hours are not cumulative; all requirements may be finished in the required 120 hours.
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Nutrition Consultant, Sports Dietitian, Dietitian, Clinical/Administrative Dietitian, Nutritionist, Food Service Director, Nutrition Educator, Nutrition Consultant, Sports Nutritionist.
Representative Employers: Hospitals, Health Organizations, Social Service Agencies, Food Manufacturers & Processors, State & Federal Research Labs, Private Practice, Schools, Government Agencies, and Trade Associations.