Nutrition - BS, Didactic Program in Dietetics Track

Nutritional sciences prepares majors with a comprehensive knowledge of the biological and social sciences to understand the relationships between nutrients, food components and human health. Prevention of diseases that are related to lifestyle, particularly diet and nutrition, is a focus of the curriculum. Core courses emphasize the role of nutrients in biochemistry, genetics, physiology, microbiology and immunology that promotes wellness and enhances the quality of life. The major also provides an excellent background for those interested in pursuing graduate degrees in biological, nutritional or food sciences; professional degrees in human or veterinary medicine; degrees in dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, public health and other health professions; or dietetic internships.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and the Graduate Degree/Dietetic Internship Program are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Students who successfully complete the DPD and a dietetic internship are eligible to take the Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).

Three curriculum tracks are offered (General Nutrition, Didactic Program in Dietetics and Molecular and Experimental Nutrition) to provide flexibility in one’s chosen career path. The Nutrition major prepares one for graduate school, corporate wellness positions, health promotion programs, the food industry, public health programs, pharmaceutical sales, clinical dietetics, medical and research laboratories, biotechnology firms, government agencies and related fields.  For more information, visit

Didactic Program in Dietetics Track

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and is designed to prepare students for meeting the requirements for the credential of Registered Dietician (RD). The DPD provides a strong science base and foundational courses in nutrition for students desiring a dietetic practice in a clinical, therapeutic, community wellness, public health or food production/service setting.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENGL 103 or ENGL 104Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition or Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 141 or MATH 151Finite Mathematics or Engineering Mathematics I 3
NUTR 210/FSTC 210Horizons in Nutrition and Food Science 2
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 102Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
MATH 142 or MATH 152Business Calculus or Engineering Mathematics II 3
American history elective 13
Free elective 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
CHEM 227Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
ENGL 210Technical and Business Writing 3
NUTR 203Scientific Principles of Human Nutrition 3
PSYC 107Introduction to Psychology 3
American history elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 228Organic Chemistry II 3
NUTR 211Scientific Principles of Foods 4
POLS 206American National Government 3
Creative arts elective 13
Free elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
BIOL 319 or VIBS 305Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Biomedical Anatomy 4
MGMT 309Survey of Management 3
NUTR 301Nutrition Through Life 3
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Free elective 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
BIOL 320 or VTPP 423Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II or Biomedical Physiology I 4
GENE 301Comprehensive Genetics 3
GENE 312Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory 1
NUTR 304Food Service Systems Management 4
STAT 302Statistical Methods 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
BICH 410Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
DASC 326/FSTC 326Food Bacteriology 3
NUTR 404Nutrition Assessment and Planning 4
NUTR 430Community Nutrition 3
Free electives 2
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
ANTH 205Peoples and Cultures of the World 3
BICH 411Comprehensive Biochemistry II 3
NUTR 405Nutritional Treatment of Disease 3
NUTR 470Nutrition and Physiological Chemistry 3
NUTR 481Seminar 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

The Graduation requirements include a requirement for 6 hours of international and cultural diversity courses. Selection must be from courses on the approved list. Selection can be courses that also satisfy the requirement for social and behavioral sciences; creative arts; language, philosophy and culture; or electives. For Core Curriculum requirements visit

Creative Arts Elective and ANTH 205 satisfy both degree requirements as well as international and cultural diversity requirements.

A total of 120 hours is required for graduation; 36 hours of 300/400 level courses are required to meet the Texas A&M University residency requirement.

To be eligible to participate in the DPD program, students must maintain an overall GPR of 2.8 or above and have a grade of at least C in all non-nutrition courses and a grade of at least B in all nutrition courses. See academic advisor for information on specific course listings and eligibility requirements.