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Nutrition and Dietetics

College of Health and Human Services

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Nutrition and Dietetics - Programs

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Food Administration

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers students a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Food Administration two option areas of study:

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Food Science

Specific degree and certificate information as well as option requirements are listed under each option alphabetically in this Catalog.

Requirements for the major include a minimum of 128 units for Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition to general education requirements (48 units), a minimum of 40 units in Family and Consumer Sciences is required, 24 of which must be upper division. Students transferring from another college or university will receive transfer credit in required courses if the course is equivalent to the course at this University and it is accepted by the University.

Nutrition and Dietetics

Individuals choosing this option will concentrate their studies in the areas of nutritional science, medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, food production and management of foodservice operations, chemistry, physiology, plus a variety of supporting course work in related disciplines. The Nutrition and Dietetics option with appropriate elective selection fulfills the American Dietetic Association (ADA) academic requirements for eligibility to apply for qualifying experiences required to become a Registered Dietitian. Career opportunities include: community nutrition programs, health clubs, private consulting, health and welfare agencies, program administration, health promotion, government agencies, hospitals and clinics, foodservice operations, public and private schools, research, and business and industry.

Option in Nutrition and Dietetics (code FCS_BS01) (128 units)

ANTH 412I or HCA 422I or H SC 420I; BIOL 207 or 342 and 342L; BIOL 260 or ED P 419 or H SC 403 or IS 310; CHEM 111A, 327, 448, 449; COMM 110; ED P 373I; ENGL 100; ENGL 101 or 317; HRM 361 or PSY 381; IS 233 or 300 or FCSE 387; MICR 200; PSY 100; SOC 100; CAFF 321I; CDFS 312I; FCSE 299, 486, 499; NUTR 132, 234, 331A, 331B, 336, 436, 436L, 438, 461, 492K or 3 units of FCSE 497; FSCI 332; HFHM 173, 235, 275. Additionally, a minimum of 6 units of electives is selected in consultation with a Nutrition and Dietetics faculty advisor. Recommended electives include: HFHM 375, 477; FCSE 497; NUTR 439, 492K. If a stronger foundation in Chemistry is desired, CHEM 320A and 320B may be selected instead of CHEM 327. If a stronger foundation in Biochemistry is desired, CHEM 441A and CHEM 441B may be selected instead of CHEM 448.

Students who wish to take the Nutrition and Dietetics Option as a Pre-professional degree (e.g., medical, etc.) should check with the appropriate programs to verify specific requirements.

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) Didactic Program in Dietetics

The ADA Didactic (Academic) Program in Dietetics (DPD) is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and skills in dietetics that will enable them to perform successfully in a dietetic internship. The DPD is granted accreditation by the American Dietetic Association Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with the ADA DPD Director to verify current ADA requirements to become a Registered Dietitian.

Students who choose to meet ADA academic requirements must select HFHM 375 and 477 as electives in their major.

Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in the DPD courses to receive verification of completion of the ADA program. Approval of a student's academic program by the CSULB DPD Director requires that the student complete courses HFHM 477; NUTR 436L and 438 at CSULB.