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Academic Program Guide


College: Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Degree: BS
Specialized Admission: Yes

Contact: Mrs. Jennifer Farrell
Address: 410 Sandels Building
Phone: (850) 644-5279

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

Dietitians and nutritionists enjoy diverse and increasingly prestigious responsibilities among health professionals. In addition to general, clinical and community dietetics, the clinical dietitian or nutritionist may specialize in metabolic support, renal dietetics, pediatric dietetics, or clinical research. Students are also prepared for graduate school, institutional food service administration and product development for food industry. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in the Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Prerequisite Coursework

Students must complete the following prerequisites required for admission in preparation for the upper division major. All may also be used to satisfy other requirements: General Education, major, collateral, etc.
MAC X105 (3) College Algebra
CGS X060 (3) Computer Literacy (or other course which meets University Digital Literacy requirement)
CHM X045, X045L (3,1) and CHM X046, X046L(3,1) General Chemistry I, II with labs
CHM X210 (3), *CHM X211 (3) Organic Chemistry I and II
ECO X000 (3) Introduction to Economics or ECO X013 (3) or ECO X023 (3)
HUN X201 (3) Science of Nutrition (grade of 'B' or higher required)
*PSY X012 (3) General Psychology or PSY X020 or PSY X113
*PET X322, PETX322L (3,1) Functional Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab; or BSC X085 and BSC X085L
*PET X323C (4) Functional Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab; or BSC X086 and BSC X086L
*MCB X004/X004L (3,1) General Microbiology and Lab or MCB2010 and MCB2010L.

*Not required for admission consideration, but, if accepted into major, are required for graduation.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Dietetics is a "Specialized Admissions" major. Students are formally admitted to begin the major program of study for the Fall term only and must submit an application during the preceding Spring Term while taking DIE 3005 (DIE 3005 is also offered in the Summer for transfer students). Students may be admitted as NFA (Not Formally Admitted) in any term.

Students must meet the following criteria for admission consideration:
• Be an admitted or a current student of Florida State University,
• Have a 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA (may appeal if lower GPA with exceptional circumstances; contact department),
• Have HUN 1201 (3) Science of Nutrition completed with a final grade of 'B' or higher ( a B minus does not qualify),
• Complete DIE 3005 (1) Intro to Dietetics with a grade of “satisfactory (S)”.

DIE 3005 is offered in spring and summer semesters. Transfer students will have the opportunity to take this course in the summer at FSU before admission decisions are made. Admission decisions will be made in August.

Other criteria that will be considered for admission to this major:

Indication of an aptitude in the sciences, with preferably a final grade of 'B' or better in the following:

• CHM 1045, 1045L General Chemistry I, Lab
• CHM 1046, 1046L General Chemistry II, Lab
• CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I, CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II, and CHM2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab or other approved organic chemistry courses.
• Commitment to become a registered dietitian.
• Experience in or an understanding of the field of dietetics.

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Major Program of Studies at FSU: 58 hours

In order to earn a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement, students must earn a final grade of B or higher in DIE 4310, DIE 4243, DIE 4244 and DIE4244L, FSS 4315, HUN 1201, and HUN3403 and a final grade of C minus or higher in all other required courses.

Graduates of the DPD program who earn a DPD verification statement are eligible to apply to graduate school and/or post baccalaureate, accredited dietetic internships. The dietetic internship, which provides the competencies for the supervised practice component of dietetic education, is required for eligibility to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Departmental/Major Requirements: 72 hours
DIE 3005 (1) Introduction to Dietetics
DIE 4243 (3) Medical Nutrition Therapy I (B or higher)
DIE 4310 (3) Community Nutrition (B or higher)
DIE 4244, 4244L (3,1) Medical Nutrition Therapy II, Lab (B or higher in both)
FAD 4601 (3) Foundations of Counseling or other approved nutrition counseling course
FOS 3026, 3026L (3,1) Foods, Foods Laboratory
FOS 4114C (4) Food Science
FSS 4135 (3) Food Economics
FSS 4312 (3) Food Service Management (B or higher)
HUN 4941 (3) Nutrition Practicum
HUN 1201 (3) The Science of Nutrition (B or higher)
HUN 2125 (3) Food and Society
HUN 3224 (3) Intermediary Metabolism of Nutrients I
HUN 3226 (3) Intermediary Metabolism of Nutrients II
HUN 3403 (3) Life Cycle Nutrition (B or higher)
PET 3322, 3322L (3,1) Functional Anatomy & Physiology I or BSC 2085/2086 and labs (3,3,1,1) Anatomy & Physiology. Please contact the department about the BSC 2085/2086 option.
PET 3361 (3) Nutrition and Sport

Collateral Coursework:36-40 hours
The following coursework outside of the department must also be completed with a C minus or higher grade. Most of these courses may also be used to satisfy prerequisites, General Education or other graduation requirements.

CGS 2060 (3) Computer Fluency (or other University approved Digital Literacy course.)
ECO 2000 (3) Introduction to Economics or ECO 2013 or ECO 2023
PSY 2012 (3) General Psychology
MAC 1105 (3) College Algebra
STA 2122 (3) Introduction to Applied Statistics or STA 2023 (3) Fundamentals of Business Statistics
BCH 3023 (3) Survey of Biochemistry or other approved biochemistry course
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) and CHM 1046, 1046L(3,1) General Chemistry I and II with labs
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I (3), CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II (3) or other approved organic chemistry
MCB 2004, MCB 2004L (3,1) General Microbiology, General Microbiology Laboratory or Food Microbiology

Digital Literacy: 0-3 beyond other requirements
CGS 2060 Computer Fluency (3) or other University approved Digital Literacy course.

Oral Communication Competency: 1-3 beyond other requirements.
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with any University approved college-level course; SPC 1017 suggested.

Electives: Varies; students are required to take electives to bring their total hours to the required 120.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Min. Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 56*
Collateral Coursework 40*
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 0 beyond collateral
Oral Competency 0-3 beyond major
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*NOTE: Many courses may be used to satisfy more than one requirement—Prerequisites, General Education, Major, Collateral, Computer Skills Competency. Hours are not cumulative; all requirements may be finished in the required 120 hours.

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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Nutrition Consultant, Sports Dietitian, Dietitian, Clinical/Administrative Dietitian, Nutritionist, Food Service Director, Nutrition Educator, Nutrition Consultant, Sports Nutritionist.

Representative Employers: Hospitals, Health Organizations, Social Service Agencies, Food Manufacturers & Processors, State & Federal Research Labs, Private Practice, Schools, Government Agencies, and Trade Associations.

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