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Major Requirements

Major: Dietetics
Option: Dietitian Education Program with Gerontology Concentration (DEP)

Option: Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Degree Type: B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses number 300 or higher.
  6. Transfer Students: Must earn a minimum of 60 credits from a baccalaureate-degree granting or professional institituion. 
    1. Of these 60, at least 36 must be NDSU residence credits as defined in #7.
    2. Within the 36 resident credits, a minimum of 15 must be in courses numbered 300 or higher and 15 credits in the major field of study.
  7. At least 36 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Residence credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39
  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Major Requirements

A grade of "C" or better is required in all HNES prefix courses.

Dietetics Core Requirements
BIOC 260Elements of Biochemistry4
BIOL 220
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (May satisfy general education category S)
BIOL 221
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
CHEM 117Chemical Concepts and Applications (May satisfy general education category S)3
HNES 141Food Sanitation1
HNES 250Nutrition Science (May satisfy general education category W)3
HNES 251Nutrition, Growth and Development3
HNES 261
Food Selection and Preparation Principles
and Food Selection and Preparation Principles Laboratory
HNES 291Seminar1
HNES 351Metabolic Basis of Nutrition4
HNES 354Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy4
HNES 361
Foodservice Systems Management I
and Foodservice Systems Management I Laboratory
HNES 442
Community Health and Nutrition Education
and Community Health and Nutrition Laboratory
HNES 458Advanced Medical Nutrtion Therapy *4
HNES 460Foodservice Systems Management II *3
MICR 202
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Lab (May satisfy general education category S)
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology (May satisfy general education category B)3
PSYC 211Introduction To Behavior Modification3
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R)3
VETS 115Medical Terminology for the Paraprofessional1
Select one of the following Dietetics Options listed below to complete the major: 5-23
Dietitian Education Program (DEP) - 23 credits
Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) - 4 credits
Total Credits72-73
Dietitian Education Program (DEP)
HNES 354LIntroduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy Laboratory2
HNES 458LAdvanced Medical Nutrition Therapy Laboratory3
HNES 480Dietetics Practicum (Capstone Experience)12
HNES 460LFoodservice Systems Management II Laboratory3
HNES 400Interprofessional Health Care Practice3
Total Credits23
Didatic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
HNES 481Dietetics: Capstone Course for DPD1
HNES 400Interprofessional Health Care Practice3
Total Credits4
Accelerate BS/MS in Dietetics and Nutrition
HNES 658Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy *3-4
HNES 660Foodservice Systems Management II *3

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required for transfer courses in dietetics and food and nutrition.
  • Minimum GPA requirements must be met (3.0 overall and 2.75 in sciences including BIOC 260, BIOL 220/L, BIOL 221/L, CHEM 117, HNES 250, and MICR 202/L)
  • A grade of 'C' or better is required for all required science courses (BIOC 260, BIOL 220/L, BIOL 221/L, CHEM 117, MICR 202/L)
  • A grade of 'B' or better is required for HNES 250 - Nutrition Science

Accelerate BS/MS in Dietetics and Nutrition Degree Requirements and Notes

  • If a student is interested in this option, they should speak with the Undergraduate Advisor for Dietetics in the College of Human Development & Education Academic Advising Center located in EML 270.
  • Students intending to pursue the Accelerated option will need a 3.5 overall GPA and a 2.75 science GPA by the end of their 4th and 5th semesters to be eligible for the program.
  • Students will also be required to complete a Combined/Accelerated Degree Program Declaration Form during the summer after semester 4 and then apply to the Graduate School during semester 5.
  • GRE is not required.