School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science - Bachelor of Science - Nutritional Science Option--Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) - Nutrition Option: Requirements for the Major  (127 units)

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree with the DPD option is 180 units, of which 127 units are in the major. 
The major requires 41 units in preparatory courses plus 86 units, 62 in the core and 24 in the DPD option. 
A minimum C grade is required in all courses used to meet major requirements.
Preparatory Courses  (41 units)

ANTH 250*

Cultural Anthropology  (4) or

SOC 201*

Principles of Sociology  (4)


Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II  (5, 5)

CHEM 151*, 152

Fundamentals of Chemistry I, II  (5, 5)

CHEM 353

Nutritional Aspects of Biochemistry  (5)

ECON 150*

Economics for the Citizen  (4)

MICR 151*

Introductory Microbiology  (4)

PSY 150*

Introductory Psychology  (4)

*Can also be double counted as General Education courses.

Required Core Courses  (62 units)

NTRS 210*

Foundations of Food  (4)

NTRS 312*

Cultural Cuisine (4)

NTRS 317

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition  (4)

NTRS 410

Experimental Foods  (4)

NTRS 411

Evaluation of Current Nutritional Concepts  (4)

NTRS 413

Maternal and Child Nutrition  (4)


Institutional Food Service  (4, 4)


Medical Nutrition Therapy  (4, 4)


Advanced Nutrition I, II (4, 4)


Nutritional Assessment Laboratory  (1)

NTRS 418

Community Nutrition  (4)

NTRS 434

Management Principles in Dietetics (5)

NTRS 479

Professional Interactions and Writing Skills (4)

*Can also be double counted as General Education courses.

Option in Nutrition (Didactic Program in Dietetics - DPD) (24 units)
The option in Nutrition leads to careers in businesses and agencies involved in nutrition-related products and services and enables students to complete the academic requirements needed to qualify for a dietetic internship or supervised practice needed to qualify to take the examination to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.).  The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is currently granted accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606, (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400.
Required Professional Courses  (7-8 units)

NTRS 451

Nutrition and Aging (4)

COUN 406

Behavioral Counseling and Self-Management (4) or

COUN 450

Counseling Theories (3)

Supporting Professional Courses  (16-17 units).  With approval of adviser, complete 16-17 units of additional supporting courses to specialize in an area of interest.

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