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Here are a few resources for reviewing degree requirements and preparing for registration, including sample degree plans linked below.

  • Sample Degree Plans (below): These are only provided as an example of what a semester layout could look like and are not official degree checklists. Your schedule may vary depending on class availability, and see your academic advisor regularly for additional guidance.

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

  • Interactive Degree Audit (click here): The IDA is an official tracking of degree progress. All students are encouraged to check their IDA each semester especially before advising appointments. See instructions here on how to use this system. Create audits using "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 includes 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 (click here) and 2022-2024 catalog (click here). 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 application requirements and deadlines. 

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

22-24 Catalog Note: The new 2022-2024 degree catalog is relevant for incoming freshmen starting in fall 2022 or 2023 (and some transfer students depending on previous enrollment). If you are unsure about your catalog, touch base with your academic advisor.

Sample Plans:

BS NTR

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

BS Nutrition (click to jump down):


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.

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 the Human Ecology Advising Center for more information.

Please also review the information on these websites, and seek regular academic advising each semester if you are interested in this path: Department of Nutritional Sciences Dietetics page (click here) and the School of Human Ecology Advising Center Departmental Information page with DPD & ICPD summary and advising notes (click here).


Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD):

Sample Plans:

For more details about the program including the DPD handbook, see the Department's Dietetics page (click here).

For a summary about DPD & ICPD, important program contacts, and recommended resources, see the School of Human Ecology Advising Center departmental information page (click here).

Course Planning Notes:

  • Substitution: For 20-22 and earlier catalogs, MAN 320F must be taken in place of NTR 355M, and ACC 310F can be waived.
  • NTR 317L Intro Nutrition Assessment & Education: It is essential to take 317L during Sophomore year at the latest, or as soon as possible if you recently changed your major. If there is a time conflict with another course (ex. NTR 307 & 107L), then prioritize 317L. 
    • NTR 317L is a prereq for NTR 330L Advanced Nutrition Assessment & Counseling, NTR 370 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (spring-only) and NTR 371 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (fall-only).
    • If you are considering applying to ICPD, NTR 317L must be completed no later than the spring semester before applying to be on track with this sequence. 
  • NTR 370 Medical Nutrition Therapy I is spring-only, and NTR 371 Medical Nutrition Therapy II is fall-only.
    • They can be taken in either order as needed. Take 370 before 371 if possible.
    • NTR 317L is a prerequisite, and NTR 330L is a pre or co-requisites (ideally complete 330L before Medical Nutrition Therapy, but can be taken concurrently if needed).
  • NTR 162 Standards, Ethics, and Credentialing for Dietetic Practice: This is highly recommended to take during Sophomore year or as soon as possible. This is not required for those accepted to ICPD, however it helps prepare students for the ICPD application and to explore other program options!
  • Follow the DPD and ICPD sample plans closely, and consult with your advisor if things need to be adjusted based on your timeline or recent major change. If classes are shifted around/need to be condensed quite a bit, it is possible that time conflicts may occur.

Nutrition Research Requirement
It is important to think about these options before Senior year to plan accordingly. See more information about nutrition research courses on the Human Ecology Advising Center departmental information page. Note the research requirement is not required if you apply and are accepted to the ICPD program.

  • 20-22 and prior catalogs: 3 hours selected from an approved list on your Interactive Degree Audit.
  • 22-24 catalog: 6 hours/two courses chosen from two options:
    • (A) NTR 327L Advanced Food Science Laboratory (Writing & II Flags) and one course chosen from: NTR 365 topic (any topic except topic 5; see below for this option), or 353, 355, 355H, 379H (these are research or study abroad courses that require pre-approval). 
      • These courses can be completed in any order and at any time as long as prereqs are met.
      • NTR 327L is offered both fall and spring.
      • For the second course: see more info about NTR 365 Topics here, and NTR 355 Undergraduate Research in Nutrition registration instructions here.

    • (B) NTR 365 Topic 5 and NTR 365L Community Engagement sequence ("gardening class") 
      • This is a two-semester fall and spring sequence that begins in Fall semesters only. See details on NTR 365 Topics here.
      • NTR 334 & 234L Foodservice Systems Mgmt is a required DPD course that usually conflicts with this course's time during both fall and spring. If you are at all interested in taking the gardening class sequence, please plan accordingly to take 334&234L in a separate year (ex. take NTR 334 & 234L during Junior year; or ideally no later than fall of Senior year to avoid time conflicts with other courses). 


Integrated Coordinated Program in Dietetics (ICPD): Application Required

Sample Plans:

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

The ICPD is an accelerated five-year program including the BS Nutrition, MS Nutritional Sciences, and dietetic internship rotations to be eligible to sit for the RDN exam. For details about the application and prerequisites, see the ICPD website (click here).

For a summary about DPD & ICPD, important program contacts, and recommended resources, see the School of Human Ecology Advising Center departmental information page (click here).

Course Planning Notes:

  • Substitution: For 20-22 and earlier catalogs, MAN 320F must be taken in place of NTR 355M, and ACC 310F can be waived.
  • NTR 317L Intro Nutrition Assessment & Education: It is essential to take 317L during Sophomore year at the latest, or as soon as possible if you are a Junior and recently changed your major. If there is a time conflict with another course (ex. NTR 307 & 107L), then take 317L. 
    • NTR 317L is a prereq for NTR 330L Adv Nutrition Assessment & Counseling, NTR 370 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (spring-only) and NTR 371 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (fall-only).
    • If you are considering applying to ICPD, NTR 317L must be completed no later than the semester before you apply to be on track with this sequence. Ex. take 317L spring of Sophomore year at the latest if planning to apply fall of Junior year. Students may apply fall Junior year at the earliest, or fall Senior year at the latest depending on your coursework timeline. 
  • NTR 162 Standards, Ethics, and Credentialing for Dietetic Practice: This is highly recommended to take during Sophomore year or as soon as possible. This is not required for those accepted to ICPD, however it helps prepare students for this application and helps to explore other program options!
  • NTR 371 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (fall-only) must be taken during the Fall semester that you plan to apply at the latest (ex. fall Junior if applying Junior year, or fall Senior is okay if applying during Senior year). 
    • NTR 370 Medical Nutrition Therapy I is spring-only, and NTR 371 Medical Nutrition Therapy II is fall-only. They can be taken in either order as needed. NTR 317L is a prerequisite, and NTR 330L is a pre or co-requisite. 
  • Delay these courses: For those accepted to ICPD, some NTR courses are covered by MS Nutritional Sciences graduate courses or are substituted with different undergraduate courses. If you are applying Junior year, wait on taking these after applying: SDS 324E, NTR 339L, NTR 338W, NTR 342, and NTR 343
    • The Nutrition Research requirement is not required for ICPD. It is beneficial to gain some research experience with a Nutrition faculty member though, even as a volunteer!
    • Due to pending curriculum updates to improve the program, you may be advised to substitute and take a couple of different NTR courses during the spring semester after you apply. You will be notified of these requirements before registering for your spring classes.
  • Follow the ICPD sample plans closely, and consult with your advisor if things need to be adjusted based on your timeline or recent major change. If classes are shifted around/need to be condensed quite a bit, it is possible that time conflicts may occur.

 

Option II: Nutritional Sciences

Sample Plans:

Nutrition Research Requirement: See your Interactive Degree Audit and the Advising Center's Departmental Information page here for more information. It is important to consider these options before Senior year, because the NTR 355 Undergrad Research option requires pre-approval with a faculty member's lab in order to register.

Option III: Nutrition and Public Health

Sample Plans:


Approved Substitutions for 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. 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. No petition required.

If you have any concerns about fulfilling these requirements, discuss options with your academic advisor. You may submit a petition for a different course to substitute if you feel it aligns with other similar approved options.

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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