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Dietetics Program

The university awards the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Dietetics to students upon successful completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) curriculum listed below.

To be considered for acceptance into the Didactic Program in Dietetics, the student must: 1) be a dietetics major; 2) have achieved an overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale); and 3) have successfully completed all prerequisite courses (BIOL 114, BIOL 115, BIOL 116, BIOL 117, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 101 OR 117, MATH 214, DIET 111, DIET 200, DIET 215, CHEM 101 OR 105, PSYC Elective) with a grade of “C” or better. The DPD program accepts 30 applicants each year. Meeting the above requirements doesn’t guarantee placement. This application is a competitive process.  Students who are accepted will be placed in DIET 390 the following fall semester.

Students must complete all courses listed in the curriculum with a grade of “C” or higher to graduate. The Dietetics Program maintains national accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1.800.877.1600 extension 5400).

The DPD curriculum includes academic, laboratory, and clinical education experiences. Graduates of the DPD, who would like to become a Registered Dietitian, must complete a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. These highly competitive internships are available throughout the United States. Upon completion of the DPD, students may request a verification statement from the DPD Director which is required for application to an internship. To receive a verification statement which documents that the DPD requirements have been completed, the student must meet the University requirements for graduation for the dietetics major, complete all the courses listed in the curriculum with a grade of “C” or higher, and earn a minimum of a 3.0 in the DPD courses listed in the Student Handbook (www.nicholls.edu/dietetics). Completion of the DPD does not guarantee the student’s eligibility for a verfication statement.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics

  • (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement

Suggested Course Sequence:

YEAR* COURSE NAME COURSE NUMBER REQUIREMENT CREDIT HRS
1 BIOL 114 GER 3
1 BIOL 115 1
1 BIOL 116 GER 3
1 BIOL 117 1
1 ENGL 101 GER 3
1 ENGL 102 GER 3
1 DIET 111 3
1 DIET 120 1
1 Freshman Seminar Course UR 1
1 MATH  101 or 117 GER 3
1 PSYC Elective GER 3
1 SOCI 151 3
1 Fine Arts Elective GER 3
1 Computer Literacy Elective(s) CLR 2
2 HPED Elective Approved 2
2 BIOL 205 3
2 CHEM 101 or 105 GER 3
2 CHEM 208 3
2 DIET 200 3
2 DIET 201 1
2 DIET 215 3
2 DIET 264 3
2 HIST Elective GER 3
2 Humanities Elective GER 3
2 MATH 214 GER 3
2 ENGL Literature Elective GER 3
3 FCED or 
SPCH
262
101
OCR 3
3 MKTG 300 3
3 DIET 300 3
3 DIET 301 3
3 DIET 305 3
3 DIET 316 3
3 DIET 330 3
3 DIET 390 3
3 DIET 395 3
4 DIET 410 3
4 DIET 404 3
4 DIET 416 3
4 DIET 418 3
4 DIET 419 1
4 DIET 450 1
4 DIET 451 2
4 DIET 459 2
4 ECON Elective GER 3
4 ENGL 468 GER 3
4 Approved Elective** 3
TOTAL HOURS 120

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)

**Approved Electives include: GEOG 401, GOVT 387, PSYC 313, SPCH 330, HPED 360, and HPED 411

Courses in major are taken in a sequential order. Students should obtain a curriculum plan from their assigned advisor.

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