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Nutrition and Dietetics

College of Health and Human Services

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Nutrition and Dietetics - Programs

Option in Nutrition and Dietetics (code FCS_BS01)

American Dietetic Association Program

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 with two option areas of study:

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Food Science

Degree and certificate information and 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.

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

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 449 Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory (3)
    • COMM 110 Interpersonal Communication (3)
    • ED P 373I Nonverbal Communication: Interaction of Mind and Body (3)
    • ENGL 100 Composition (3)
    • MICR 200 General Microbiology (4)
    • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
    • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3)
    • CAFF 321I Family and Consumer Resource Management (3)
    • CDFS 312I Family and Personal Development (3)
    • FCSE 299 Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences (1)
    • FCSE 486 Instructional Strategies for Family and Consumer (3)
    • FCSE 499 Professionalism and Leadership in Family and Consumer Sciences Professionals (2)
    • FSCI 332 Food Science (3)
    • HFHM 173 Applied Foodservice Sanitation (1)
    • HFHM 235 Principles of Food Preparation (3)
    • HFHM 275 Food Production Systems I (3)
    • NUTR 132 Introductory Nutrition (3)
    • NUTR 234 Orientation to Dietetics and Food Administration (2)
    • NUTR 331A Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3)
    • NUTR 331B Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3)
    • NUTR 336 Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition (3)
    • NUTR 436 Advanced Nutrition (3)
    • NUTR 436L Nutritional Status Assessment Techniques (3)
    • NUTR 438 Medical Nutrition Therapy (3)
    • NUTR 461 Community Nutrition (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • ANTH 412I Culture and Communication (3)
    • HCA 422I Global Issues in Health Services (3)
    • H SC 420I International Health (3)
  • Take one of the following choices:
    • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
  • or both
    • BIOL 342 Mammalian Physiology (3)
    • BIOL 342L Laboratory in Physiology (1)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3)
    • ED P 419 Educational Statistics (3)
    • H SC 403 Community Health Statistics (3)
    • IS 310 Business Statistics (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • ENGL 101 Composition (3)
    • ENGL 317 Technical Communication (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • HRM 361 The Human Resource Function (3)
    • PSY 381 Intro to Industrial Organizational Psy (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • IS 233 Introduction to Computer Systems and Applications (3)
    • IS 300 Management Information Systems (3)
    • FCSE 387 Electronic Portfolio Dev for FCS Professionals (2)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • FCSE 497 Directed Studies (3)
    • NUTR 492K Internship in Nutrition and Dietetics (3)
  • Take one of the following choices:
    • CHEM 327 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3)
  • or both
    • CHEM 320A Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 320B Organic Chemistry (5)
  • Select one of the following choices:
    • CHEM 448 Fundamentals of Biological Chemistry (3)
  • or both
    • CHEM 441A Biological Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 441B Biological Chemistry (3)
  • Take a minimum of 6 units of electives 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 the following as electives:

  • HFHM 375 Food Production Systems II (3)
  • HFHM 477 Foodservice Administration (3)

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