Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics

Online Coursework

All undergraduate students are required to have a laptop computer that can connect to the internet using a high-speed connection. Many courses are taught with the expectation that students use laptop computers in class and when applicable this is noted in the Schedule of Courses

Specific laptop guidelines for students can be found here.

The majority of dietetics courses are offered in-person with in-person exam proctoring.  MSU uses the Desire 2 Learn (D2L) learning management system for both in-person and online courses, with log-in and tracking capabilities.  When online courses or online exams are offered in the dietetics program, a combination of application and web activity restrictions, identity verification, and monitoring of the test taker via webcam and mic allows instructors to maximize the integrity of the test taking environment.   Privacy of student information is a priority at MSU and guidelines from the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) are followed.  Faculty with access to student records take a D2L course to check FERPA knowledge and to agree to FERPA adherence

120 semester credits required for graduation

Dietetics Student Handbook

University Requirements in Integrative Studies

Total Credits: 20

All of the following courses:
Course Credit
IAH – Arts & Humanities IAH 201-210 (choice) 4
IAH – Arts & Humanities IAH 211-241 (choice) 4
ISS – Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences ISS 200-level 4
ISS – Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences ISS 300 level 4
ISB* – Biological Sciences (alternate track required) (3)
ISP* – Physical Sciences (alternate track required) (3)
ISB/ISP* – Biological or Physical Sciences Laboratory (alternate track required) (2)
Tier I Writing WRA 101, Writing as Inquiry 4

Tier II Writing requirement completed in major by HNF 300 and HNF 471 and HNF 472


*Students who are enrolled in the dietetics major complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in the Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Physiology 250/Biochemistry 200; Chemistry 141, 143, 161.  The completion of CEM 161 and CEM 143 satisfies the laboratory requirement.

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College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Requirements

Total Credits: 3

One of the following courses:
Course Credit
EC 201 – Introduction to Microeconomics 3
EC 202 – Introduction to Macroeconomics 3

College math requirement met in the major with MTH 103 or 116 (or higher) PLUS STT 200 or 201.

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Major Requirements

Total Credits: 82-85


Supporting Discipline Courses

Total Credits: 37-40

Complete all of the following:
Course Credit
ANTR 350 – Human Gross Anatomy for Pre-Health Professionals 4
BMB 200 – Introduction to Biochemistry 4
CEM 141 – General Chemistry 4
CEM 143 – Survey of Organic Chemistry 4
CEM 161 – Chemistry Laboratory I 1
FSC 342 – Food Safety and HACCP 3
MGT 325 – Management Skills and Processes 3
PSL 250 – Introductory Physiology 4
PSY 101– Introductory Psychology 4
One of the following courses:
Course Credit
MTH 103 – College Algebra 3
MTH 116 – College Algebra and Trigonometry          5
Higher Level Math 3+
AND one of the following courses:
Course Credit
STT 200 – Statistical Methods 3
STT 201 – Statistical Methods with Lab                    4

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Professional Courses

Total Credits: 45

Complete all of the following:
Course Credit
HNF 150 – Introduction to Human Nutrition 3
HNF 300 – Experimental Approaches to Foods 4
HNF 320 – Professional Practice of Dietetics and Nutrition 3
HNF 350 – Advanced Biochemical Nutrition 4
HNF 377 – Applied Community Nutrition 3
HNF 378- Applied Community Nutrition 1
HNF 406 – Global Foods and Culture 3
HNF 411 - Research Methods in Dietetics 3
HNF 440 – Foodservice Operations 3
HNF 444 – Business of Nutrition Services 3
HNF 445 – Foodservice Management Practicum 2
HNF 446 - Applied Culinary Nutrition 2
HNF 453 – Nutrition and Human Development 3
HNF 471 – Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 4
HNF 472 – Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 4

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Elective Courses

Total Credits: Approximately 15 (pending math placement)

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