Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Undergraduate Programs Dietetics
The undergraduate program in dietetics has been approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as a Didactic Program that meets the minimum academic requirements for professionally qualified dietitians.
The undergraduate program in dietetics is designed so that supporting disciplines provide a knowledge base prerequisite to the professional courses. Course offerings are sequenced to build upon previous knowledge and provide increasingly complex experiences. The student is expected to acquire approximately equal expertise in nutritional assessment and care and in foodservice management systems.
Verification of successful completion of the ACEND-approved minimum academic requirements is the responsibility of the Dietetic Program Director in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.
Persons who wish to receive a final Verification Statement for the fulfillment of ACEND-approved minimum academic requirements from Michigan State University, but who have not completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a Dietetics major at Michigan State University, must complete a minimum of 10 credits in 300—400 level courses in dietetics at Michigan State University with a minimum grade of 2.0 or better in each course.
Eligibility for the Registration Examination for Dietitians is determined by verification of successful completion of an ACEND-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics and one of the following supervised practice experiences: ACEND-approved Dietetic Internship, or ACEND-approved Accredited Coordinated Program. Dietetic registration, as administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, is a requirement of most positions for professional dietitians.
Admission as a Junior
Enrollment in the dietetics major is limited. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics is a professional degree, which requires acceptance into a competitive internship in order to complete the requirements for eligibility to take the registered dietitian examination. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 is necessary to be considered for admission.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Dietetics major is met by completing Human Nutrition and Foods 300, 471 and 472. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. below.
Students who are enrolled in the Dietetics major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition may complete an alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that consists of the following courses: Biochemistry 200 or Physiology 250; Chemistry 141, 143, and 161. The completion of Chemistry 143 and 161 satisfies the laboratory requirement.
The requirements of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees.
The following requirements for the major:
All of the following courses in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (44 credits):
Introduction to Human Nutrition
Experimental Approaches to Foods
Professional Practice of Dietetics and Nutrition
Applied Community Nutrition
Art and Science of Food Preparation
Global Foods and Culture
The Business of Nutrition Services
Foodservice Management Practicum
Nutrition and Human Development
Advanced Human Nutrition: Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins
Advanced Human Nutrition: Vitamins and Minerals
Medical Nutrition Therapy I
Medical Nutrition Therapy II
The following courses outside the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (39 to 42 credits):
All of the following courses (30 credits):
Human Gross Anatomy for Pre-Health Professionals
Introduction to Biochemistry
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Chemistry Laboratory I
Food Safety and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Program
Management Skills and Processes
One of the following courses (3 or 5 credits):
College Algebra and Trigonometry
One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
The following course (3 credits):
Computing Concepts and Competencies
Students who pass a waiver examination will not be required to complete Computer Science and Engineering 101.
James Madison Writing: 2. James Madison Writing: 2 courses from MC111, MC112
Residential College Writing: 3. Residential College Writing: 2 courses from RCAH111, RCAH112
Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211
Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses
Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL
Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses
Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE
Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE
Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit
Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10
Requirement 11: Major - Dietetics - Introduction to Human Nutrition
Major - Dietetics - Introduction to Human Nutrition: 1 course from HNF150
Requirement 12: Major - Dietetics - Experimental Approaches
Major - Dietetics - Experimental Approaches: 1 course from HNF300
Requirement 13: Major - Dietetics - Basic Skills in Dietetics
Major - Dietetics - Basic Skills in Dietetics: 1 course from HNF320
Requirement 14: Major - Dietetics - Community Nutrition
Major - Dietetics - Community Nutrition: 1 course from HNF377
Requirement 15: Major - Dietetics - Foodservice Focus
Major - Dietetics - Foodservice Focus: 5 courses from HNF400, HNF406, HNF440, HNF444, HNF445
Requirement 16: Major - Dietetics - Nutrition Focus
Major - Dietetics - Nutrition Focus: 3 courses from HNF453, HNF461, HNF462
Requirement 17: Major - Dietetics - Medical Nutrition Therapy
Major - Dietetics - Medical Nutrition Therapy: 2 courses from HNF471, HNF472
Requirement 18: Major - Dietetics - Anatomy and Structural Biology
Major - Dietetics - Anatomy and Structural Biology: 1 course from ANTR350
Requirement 19: Major - Dietetics - Biochemistry
Major - Dietetics - Biochemistry: 1 course from BMB200
Requirement 20: Major - Dietetics - Chemistry
Major - Dietetics - Chemistry: 3 courses from CEM141, CEM143, CEM161
Requirement 21: Major - Dietetics - Food Safety
Major - Dietetics - Food Safety: 1 course from FSC342
Requirement 22: Major - Dietetics - Management Skills
Major - Dietetics - Management Skills: 1 course from MGT325
Requirement 23: Major - Dietetics - Mathematics
Major - Dietetics - Mathematics: 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV, MTH116
Requirement 24: Major - Dietetics - Physiology
Major - Dietetics - Physiology: 1 course from PSL250
Requirement 25: Major - Dietetics - Psychology
Major - Dietetics - Psychology: 1 course from PSY101
Requirement 26: Major - Dietetics - Statistics
Major - Dietetics - Statistics: 1 course from STT200, STT201
Requirement 27: Major - Dietetics - Computing Concepts
Major - Dietetics - Computing Concepts: 1 course from CSE101
Requirement 28: College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Mathematics
College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
Option3: 1 course
At least 1 course from MTH116
Option4: 1 course
At least 1 course from MTHRQMT
Option1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from STT200, STT201
Option2: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH114
Requirement 29: College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Economics
College - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Economics: 1 course from EC201, EC202
Requirement 30: College Distribution
College Distribution: 26 credits from courses in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Requirement 31: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 32: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.