Dietetics Option: Graduation Requirements

Students must meet all general-education requirements and the Dietetics option requirements to graduate with a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in nutritional sciences.

Students must complete a total of 45 credits of general education to obtain a Bbachelor’s degree from Penn State. Information regarding the courses needed to fulfill the general-education requirements can be found on the University Bulletin at bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/general_education.cfm?section=generalEd5

To fulfill the graduation requirements of the Dietetics option, students must complete NUTR 251, NUTR 358, NUTR 445, NUTR 446, NUTR 451, BIOL 141, CHEM 110, and BMB 211 with a grade of "C" or better and the remaining courses with a grade of "D or better. Because of the competitive nature of getting accepted into a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship program, it is recommended that students strive for a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Prescribed Nutrition Courses

NUTR 320 (3)
NUTR 386 (3)
NUTR 452 (3)
*NUTR 251 (3)
NUTR 391 (1)
NUTR 453 (3)
*NUTR 358 (2)
NUTR 400 (1)
NUTR 456 (3)
NUTR 360 (3)
*NUTR 445 (3)
NUTR 495 (3)
NUTR 370 (1)
*NUTR 446 (3)
NUTR 490W (3)
NUTR 371 (1)
*NUTR 451 (3)

Related Prescribed Courses

*BIOL 141 (3)
HM 228 (1)
MICRB 106/107 (4)
*BMB 211 (3)
HM 329 (3)
PSYCH 100 or HD FS 129 (3)
CHEM 110 (3)
HM 330 (2)
STAT 200 or 250 (3-4)
CHEM 202 or 201 (3)

Students in the Dietetics option must select 16 credits in supporting courses, in consultation with an adviser, from University-wide offerings that provide relevance to this option. See the program list of recommended courses on the nutritional sciences webpage (At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level and, of those, no more than 3 credits may be NUTR 496).

Students should reference the University Undergraduate Student Handbook for additional graduation requirements that are needed beyond the course work listed above. This information is available at: dus.psu.edu/handbook/gradmust.html.