Feb 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Food and Nutrition Major, Dietetics Specialty, B.A./B.S.

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Dietetics is the science of managing food and nutrition to promote health. Students choosing this option will examine nutrition and its application to food and health. The didactic program in dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is recognized as the accrediting agency for bachelor level dietetic programs in the United States. ACEND contact information:120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, telephone 312-899-0040, fax 312-899-4817, ACEND@eatright.org or www.eatrightacend.org/acend.

To become a registered dietitian (R. D.), students must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an ACEND accredited undergraduate program, complete an ACEND accredited supervised practice program, and complete a national exam. At the completion of our baccalaureate specialty in dietetics, students will be able to apply to a supervised practice program. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is encouraged for application to supervised practice programs. Graduates who meet these requirements are eligible to take the national registration exam.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must first seek admission to the University by completing an application, having official transcripts of high school and other universities and colleges sent to the University of Southern Indiana, and completing all other University admission requirements. Applicants with a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average may be admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition program.

Pre-Dietetic students who are seeking formal admission to the Dietetics program will need to complete the following criteria and submit a formal Dietetics Application to the Food and Nutrition department. Complete the following coursework (or equivalent) with a minimum 2.9 overall grade point average: *BIOL 121 , PSY 201 , ENG 101 , CMST 101  or CMST 107 , MATH 111 , *CHEM 261 , *NUTR 203 , and *NUTR 376 . Courses with an * require a “C” or better.

Food and Nutrition Degree Requirements

A candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition degree must meet the general requirements for graduation as outlined in this bulletin and successfully complete the food and nutrition courses required for the major area of study.

Summary of food and nutrition degree program requirements:

  • completion of Core 39 requirements as outlined in this bulletin. Specific requirements for Core 39 component of each option area are noted in the section following;
  • complete required nutrition core courses: 26 hours;
  • complete 33-38 hours in one of the specialty areas;
  • a minimum of 120 hours;
  • a minimum of 30 hours must be taken from the University of Southern Indiana;
  • a minimum of 39 hours of 300/400-level credit hours;
  • obtain an average of 2.0 grade point average or better on all work taken at the University of Southern Indiana; and
  • achieve a grade of C or better in all core nutrition courses.

Dietetics students also must achieve a grade of C or better in BIOL 121 , BIOL 122 , CHEM 261 , and CHEM 262  and all dietetics courses.

Food and Nutrition Specialty Area

In the student’s sophomore year, and upon completion of the majority of the Core 39 courses, the student will choose a specialty area.

Required Core Curriculum Courses for Dietetics Specialty

Sample Food and Nutrition Curriculum - Dietetics Specialty

First Year

Second Year

Fall Semester (14 hours)

Spring Semester (16 hours)

Third Year

Fourth Year


*Core 39 courses

** Required for DPD

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