College: Health & Human Sciences
Limited Access: Yes
Address: 410 Sandels Bldg. College of Human Sciences, FSU
Phone: (850) 644-5279
Description of Major
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).
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 computer literacy requirement)
CHM X045, X045L (3,1) and CHM X046, X046L(3,1) General Chemistry I, II with labs
CHM X200, X200L (3,1) Survey of Organic Chemistry with lab or CHM X210, X211 and CHM X211L
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, X322L (3,1) Functional Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab; or BSC X085, X085L
*PET X323C (4) Functional Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab; or BSC X086, X086L
*MCB X004/X004L (3,1) General Microbiology and Lab or MCB2010/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 http://www.flvc.org .
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 semester and in the summer. 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:
Indicator an aptitude in the sciences, with preferably a 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.
For more information, visit http://www.chs.fsu.edu/Nutrition-Food-Exercise-Sciences/Undergraduate-Programs/Dietetics/Undergraduate-Dietetics-Information
Major Program of Studies at FSU: 57 hours
In order to graduate with a major in Dietetics, students must achieve a minimum FSU overall GPA of 2.50.
In order to earn a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement, students must earn a B or higher in DIE 4310, DIE 4244 and DIE4244L, FSS 4315, HUN 1201,HUN3403 and HUN4296 and a grade of C minus or higher in all other required courses and have an overall GPA of a 3.00.
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.
College of Health & Human Sciences Core: (6 hours)
FAD 2230 (3) Family Relationships
FAD 4601 (3) Foundations of Counseling
Departmental/Major Requirements: (51 hours)
DIE 3005 (1) Introduction to Dietetics
DIE 4243 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
DIE 4310 (3) Community Nutrition (B or higher)
DIE 4244, 4244L (3,1) Medical Nutrition Therapy, Lab (B or higher in both)
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)
HUN 4905 (1) Professional & Ethical Issues in Dietetics
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: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 Literacy (or other University approved computer 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, BCH 3023L (3, 1) Survey of Biochemistry and Lab or other approved biochemistry
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), and CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab (3) or other approved organic chemistry
MCB 2004, MCB 2004L (3,1) General Microbiology, General Microbiology Laboratory or Food Microbiology
Computer Skills Competency:
CGS 2060 (3) or other University approved computer literacy course.
Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 beyond other requirements.
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an 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 57*
Collateral Coursework 40*
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 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.
Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.
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.
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers (www.naceweb.org) or the Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm) 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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