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Here are a few different resources for reviewing degree requirements & preparing for class registration:

  • Official CNS Degree Checklists for a list format of all requirements

  • Sample degree plans below - these are only provided as an example of what a semester layout could look like.  Consult with an academic advisor to confirm your progress towards degree requirements

  • The Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) system - this provides personalized tracking of degree progress.  All students are encouraged to track their own progress and confirm remaining requirements using the IDA system, especially before advising appointments.  See instructions here on how to use this system.

Degree requirements for each plan can vary greatly by catalog year. Degree requirements on older catalogs may include courses that are no longer offered, due to the changes in the Human Ecology curriculum. For students on older degree plans, consult your advisor and your degree audit to confirm your degree requirements. 
Sample Degree Plans: 


B.S. NTR Options:

Option 1 Dietetics (Didactic Program in Dietetics, and Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics)
Option 2 Nutritional Sciences
Option 3 Nutrition in Public Health
Option 6 International Nutrition

Option I - Dietetics: Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Degree Plans:

Students interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) should pursue the Option I Dietetics: Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), with the option of applying into the Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics (ICPD).  See more information on the Nutrition Department website here about the process of becoming an RDN.  Students pursuing health professions are also encouraged to consider this path as an alternative/parallel plan.

DPD Overview:

  • The DPD degree option includes all required courses to be eligible to apply for a supervised practice/dietetic internship program (often 9-12 months) & Master's program which would be completed after graduating from UT.  This degree option does not require an application process (just let your advisor know that you want to do this option), however the supervised practice/dietetic internship & Master's programs require a competitive application process.  There is a required course, NTR 162, that covers all details about this process. 
  • Students interested in Dietetics are encouraged to visit with their academic advisor often and also email Dr. Sara Sweitzer (DPD Director) to make an appointment to learn more about this path, including ways to prepare to be a competitive applicant for supervised practice programs.  Dr. Sara Sweitzer also manages an email list where she sends out work/volunteer opportunities - join by going to UT Lists, log in with email and UT EID password, search for "dietetics" in the search bar, and subscribe.
  • Students who are graduating/have graduated under a different Nutrition degree option from UT are still able to pursue becoming an RDN by taking remaining dietetics courses after graduation or applying to certain types of Master's programs - contact your advisor to determine the best plan for you based on your remaining time at UT.

UT also offers an Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics (ICPD) by application.  This is a unique program option for completing the supervised practice/dietetic internship & Master's degree through UT Austin in an accelerated 5-year timeline!  See more details on the ICPD program website here, and see the sample degree plan below to view the program timeline and course layout.

Option I - Dietetics: Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics (ICPD)

Degree Plans:

The sample plan above now reflects the updated 5-year Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics (formerly Coordinated Program in Dietetics, CPD).  Students applying in the fall 2021 cycle and later must follow this new program format. 

ICPD Overview (program website):

  • The ICPD program is by application only and includes all componenets necessary to sit for the dietitian exam after 5 years: BS Nutrition (Dietetics) + supervised practice/dietetic internship + Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from UT Austin.  Students are eligible to take RDN exam upon completion of this program.  The MS degree adds one additional year to the program.
    • Please note that the upcoming Master's requirement to become an RDN allows for the Master's degree to be in any subject.  The ICPD program at UT is specifically combined with an MS in Nutritional Sciences.
    • The MS Nutritional Sciences graduate coursework will cover the undergraduate "NTR 342 Advanced Nutritional Sciences" and "NTR 343 Vitamins & Minerals" requirements.  Because of this, students interested in applying to ICPD are encouraged to delay these courses until finding out about admission to ICPD.  
  • Students interested in this program will start on the Option 1 Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) plan noted above and must be admitted into ICPD via a competitive application process.  The application cycle occurs in early September each year.
    • Students may apply at the beginning of fall of Junior year at the earliest (5 yrs program total), or fall of Senior year at the latest (6 yrs program total). See the ICPD program website for more details about prerequisite requirements and timeline.
    • Coursework taken freshman and sophomore year is similar on the DPD or ICPD plans.  After the ICPD application cycle, coursework timeline can slightly vary for remaining requirements depending on if a student remains on DPD or is admitted into ICPD - students are encouraged to visit every semester with their academic advisor for course planning.
  • Graduation with both BS & MS degrees occurs at the very end of the program.  
  • Alternatively, students would remain on the DPD degree plan noted above & may apply for supervised practice programs (often 9-12 months) & Master's programs to complete after graduation if they wish to pursue becoming an RDN.  It is not required to apply for ICPD; you may also just plan to graduate with the DPD degree and complete the remaining process to become an RDN after graduation from UT.
  • Students who have already graduated with a BSA or BS in Nutrition from UT Austin are not eligible to apply to the ICPD.  

These earlier catalogs may only be completed by students who applied & were accepted to CPD in fall 2020 and earlier:


Option II - Nutritional Sciences

Degree Plans:


Option III - Nutrition in Public Health

Degree Plans:


Option VI - International Nutrition

Degree Plans: 

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