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

  • CNS Degree Checklists (click here) - list format of all requirements

  • 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 coaching 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.


Nutrition 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 and sample plans.

-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:

The new catalog provides a streamlined list of classes that are in common for all Nutrition degree options, and each option has unique additional NTR requirements.  Note the 22-24 catalog is only required for incoming freshmen fall 2022 and some transfer students. If you are unsure about your catalog, check in with your academic advisor.

After freshman year, touch base with your advisor about which option you think you would like to pursue.  It's possible to switch too if you decide another option is better, however consider differences in requirements & graduation timeline.

  • Statistics: SDS 302F (or 320E), and SDS 324E*
  • Common science classes: BIO 311C, CH 301, CH 302, CH 204 (lab), CH 320M, BCH 369
    • BS options only: BIO 311D, BIO 365S Physiology; BIO 446L Anatomy (BS Option 2 only)
    • Pre-health professions prereqs may require additional classes. Check Health Professions Office (HPO) resources and specific program websites for more information.
  • Common NTR classes: 
    • NTR 312 Introduction to Nutritional Science
    • NTR 126L Nutritional Sciences Lab
    • NTR 307 & 107L Introductory Food Science and Lab
    • NTR 218 & 118L Assessment of Nutritional Status and Lab
    • NTR 326 Intermediate Nutrition & Metabolism
    • NTR 337 Epidemiology in Nutritional Sciences
    • NTR 338W Issues in Nutrition and Health (upper Writing and II flags)
    • NTR 342 Advanced Nutritional Sciences*
    • NTR 343 Vitamins & Minerals*
  • Additional NTR classes: dependent on option

*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.

For a detailed overview of the DPD & ICPD programs, see the Departmental Information page of the Advising Center website.

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.  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 a nutrition degree - it prepares for many opportunities, even if you don't complete the full process to become an RDN.  Students pursuing health professions are also encouraged to consider this path as an alternative/parallel plan.  

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD):
-For a detailed overview of the DPD & ICPD programs & important advising info, see the Departmental Information page of the Advising Center website.
-Also visit the Dietetics page of the Nutrition Department website. 

Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics (ICPD): Application Required
-For a detailed overview of the DPD & ICPD programs & important advising info, see the Departmental Information page of the Advising Center website.
-Also visit the ICPD program 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):

  • SOC 308S Intro to Health & Society
    • can count towards the 6 hrs Social Science requirement (on the degree audit, this is "two courses chosen from ANT 322M Topic 12: Mexican Immigration Cultural History, SOC 307M, 319, 354K, and 368D").  Note that ANT 322M is now ANT 322P and is typically offered spring-only.  

  • PBH 317 Intro to Public Health
    • can count towards the PBH option coursework (on the degree audit, this is the "nine hours chosen from..." requirement)

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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