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Here are a few different resources for reviewing degree requirements & preparing for class registration, including sample degree plans below:

  • CNS Degree Checklists (click here) & University Catalog (click here) - degree requirements and policies

  • Interactive Degree Audit (click here) - The IDA is an official 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. Create audits using the "Audit Request", and view results on "Audit Results" by clicking on the blue hyperlink under Audit ID.

  • Health Professions Office (click here) - The HPO website has lists of prerequisite requirements, course timelines, Health Professions Coach appointment scheduling, and other application resources.

  • Minors & Certificates - list of available minors & certificates for 2020-2022 catalog and 2022-2024 catalog.  Some require a competitive application process, but some can be added to your profile/record any time.  Search for each program's individual website for more details about any application requirements and deadlines.  (Note that if a minor is new for the 2022-2024 catalog, you can only pursue this if you're also following the 2022-2024 catalog for your degree plan. Discuss your individual situation and options with your academic advisor.)

  • Sample Degree Plans (below) - these are only provided as an example of what a semester layout could look like and will vary depending on class availability.  Always check your Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) to confirm remaining requirements, and see your academic advisor for additional guidance.

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. 

22-24 Catalog Note: The new 2022-2024 degree catalog is relevant for incoming freshmen starting in fall 2022 (and some incoming transfer students depending on previous enrollment). If you are unsure about your catalog, touch base with your academic advisor.


The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Science & Arts (BSA) degree type - students must select either one BS degree option or the BSA.  See the BSA tab above to compare BS & BSA requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition:

-Option 1 Dietetics: Didactic Program in Dietetics & Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics
-Option 2 Nutritional Sciences
-Option 3 Nutrition and Public Health (Public Health Nutrition starting 22-24)
-Option 4 International Nutrition (20-22 and prior catalog only; not available for 22-24)

22-24 Catalog Updates Summary:

Note the 22-24 catalog is relevant starting for incoming freshmen in fall 2022 and some transfer students. If you are unsure about your catalog, check in with your academic advisor. Degree options include Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Dieietics, Nutritional Sciences, or Public Health Nutrition option) or Bachelor of Science & Arts in Nutrition.

Here is a summary of the science and nutrition coursework:

  • Statistics: SDS 302F (or 320E); and SDS 324E*
  • Science Courses: BIO 311C, CH 301, CH 302, CH 204 (lab), CH 320M, BCH 369
    • BS options only: BIO 311D, BIO 365S Physiology; and BIO 446L Anatomy (BS Option 2 only)
    • Pre-health professions prereqs: Check Health Professions Office (HPO) resources and program websites for required prerequisite information.
  • Nutrition Courses: 
    • NTR 312 Introduction to Nutritional Science
    • NTR 126L Nutritional Sciences Lab
    • NTR 307 & 107L Introductory Food Science and Lab
    • NTR 317L Intro Nutrition Assessment & Education (previously NTR 218 & 118L)
    • NTR 326 Intermediate Nutrition & Metabolism
    • NTR 339L Experimental Methods & Design in Nutritional Sciences (previously NTR 337)
    • NTR 338W Issues in Nutrition and Health (upper-division Writing and II flags)
    • NTR 342 Advanced Nutritional Sciences*
    • NTR 343 Vitamins & Minerals*
  • Additional Nutrition Courses: dependent on degree option. See Interactive Degree Audit and sample plans for more details.

*Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics (ICPD): asterisked courses covered later by Master's courses if accepted, see program details below.

Option 1: Dietetics

  • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
  • Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics (ICPD). Application required.

Students interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionst (RDN) should pursue the Option I Dietetics: Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) that will qualify graduates to apply to a dietetic internship which provides the supervised practice hours required to become an RDN. Note: effective January 1, 2024, the RDN profession will require a Master’s degree for entry into the profession. Those graduates who have not completed a dietetic internship by January 1, 2024 will need to meet this requirement. Many dietetic internship programs are paired with a Master’s degree. Students also have the option of applying to the Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics (ICPD) as early as Junior year which is an accelerated five-year program leading to completion of a BS Nutrition, Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences, and supervised practice hours necessary to become an RDN.

For more information about the process to become an RDN, see the Dietetics page of the Department of Nutritional Sciences website. For a summary of differences and academic advising information for the DPD & ICPD, see this Departmental Information page of the Advising Center website.  Seek regular academic advising each semester if you are interested in this path.

The Option 1 Didactic Program in Dietetics is also a great program if you are unsure what you would like to do with your nutrition degree.  Students pursuing health professions are also encouraged to consider this path as an alternative/parallel plan.  

If you are close to graduating/have recently graduated with a different major or Nutrition degree option and have become interested in becoming an RDN, there are still options! Please reach out to your advisor, or connect directly with the Human Ecology Advising Center for more information.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD):
For details about program requirements and the DPD handbook, see the DPD website.

Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics (ICPD): Application Required
For details about the application and prerequisites, see the ICPD website.

  • 2022-2024
  • 2020-2022 (edited Sept 2022; note that the SDS 324E can now be covered by a Master's course if accepted to ICPD)


Option II: Nutritional Sciences


Option III: Nutrition and Public Health

Additional classes approved to count (20-22 and prior catalogs):

  • 6 hrs Social Science requirement ("two courses chosen from ANT 322M Topic 12: Mexican Immigration Cultural History, SOC 307M, 319, 354K, and 368D")
    • SOC 308S/HS 301 Intro to Health & Society is approved to count. No petition required
    • ANT 322M is now ANT 322P. Typically spring-only.

  • 9 hrs public health option coursework ("9 hrs chosen from" approved list)
    • PBH 317 Intro to Public Health is approved to count.  No petition required

If you have any concerns about fulfilling these requirements, discuss options with your academic advisor.

Option VI: International Nutrition

**Please Note: This degree will no longer be available in the 2022-2024 catalog, therefore freshman starting in fall 2022 will not be able to select this option.  Stay tuned for more updates!**

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