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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.

  • The Health Professions Office (HPO) website - this has lists of prerequisite requirements and also course timelines to see how classes could be mapped out.

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: 
Always check your Interactive Degree Audit to confirm remaining requirements. 

**Please Note: The 2022-2024 degree options & requirements are changing a bit compared to past catalogs.  Freshman starting in fall 2022 will follow the 2022-2024 catalog, so please stay tuned for updated sample degree plans which will be added to this page by August.**


B.S. Nutrition Options:

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

Option 1 - Dietetics (Didactic Program & Integrated Coordinated Program)

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 DPD 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.  

See these updates that were previously sent out via email related to the ACC 310F and NTR 355M requirements.

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

Sample Plans:

**Please Note: Incoming freshman, stay tuned for an updated 2022-2024 catalog sample plan.

DPD Overview:

  • See the Dietetics page of the Human Ecology website for more information.
  • 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 - the supervised practice & Master's would be completed after graduating from UT, or students may apply to UT's Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics (ICPD) to complete these requirements.  See ICPD details below.
  • The DPD degree option does not require an application process to declare (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.  Students may apply for these programs as they approach their final semester or later.  This occurs via a matching application system, and information about the process is covered in a required class taught by the DPD Director (NTR 162).
  • Students interested in Dietetics are encouraged to:
    • Visit with their academic advisor each semester
    • 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. 
    • Join the Dietetics email list: 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.  Or, email Dr. Sweitzer to request to be added.
  • 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 - talk with your advisor and also Dr. Sara Sweitzer 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!  This would be one option for completing those additional components to become an RDN.  The coursework is very similar to DPD with the exception of a few courses unique to DPD only (NTR 162, NTR 337 or 365 topic, and 3 hrs NTR research).  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)

Sample Plan:

ICPD Overview:

  • The 20-22 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. 
  • 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 (MS) in Nutritional Sciences from UT Austin.  Students are eligible to take RDN exam upon completion of this program.  With the addition of the MS degree, this now adds one additional year to the program (5 yrs program total if applying Junior year, or 6 hrs program total if applying Senior year).
    • 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.  Therefore, students interested in applying to ICPD are encouraged to delay these courses until finding out about admission to ICPD.  
    • Graduation with both BS & MS degrees occurs at the very end of the ICPD program.  
  • Application Timeline:
    • 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 the prerequisite requirements and timeline.  The sample plan link above also shows what courses should be completed by time of application.  See your academic advisor to discuss any concerns about mapping out your clsses and determine the best time to apply.

  • Note about coursework:
    • Coursework taken freshman and sophomore year is similar on the DPD or ICPD plans.  After the ICPD application cycle, the coursework timeline for ICPD can slightly vary for remaining requirements. Students are encouraged to visit every semester with their academic advisor for course planning.
    • If applying to ICPD, it is advised to delay taking NTR 342 and NTR 343 until after you find out about your plans.  If applying in fall of Junior year, it is advised to take NTR 371 Medical Nutrition Therapy II during the fall of Junior year to be on track with coursework timeline. 
    • NTR 162 is a required course for the DPD option, and students learn about the process and program options available for becoming an RDN.  Although this course is only required if a student remains on the DPD plan, it is still strongly recommended to take during sophomore year even for those interested in applying to ICPD.  The assignments also help to prepare for the ICPD application. 
  • Alternatively, students would remain on the DPD degree plan noted in the section above & may apply for supervised practice programs & 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.  Options can be discussed with your advisor, and we also encourage that you make an appointment with Dr. Sara Sweitzer (DPD Director) to possible routes. 

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


Option II - Nutritional Sciences

Sample Plans:

**Please Note: Incoming freshman, stay tuned for an updated 2022-2024 catalog sample plan.

Option III - Nutrition and Public Health

Sample Plans:

**Please Note: Incoming freshman, stay tuned for an updated 2022-2024 catalog sample plan.

Additional classes approved to count

  • 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

Sample Plans: 

**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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