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Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics offers the initial phase of a professional program known as the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD). Didactic and introductory supervised experiences are part of the curriculum and serve as a foundation for the Master of Dietetics Studies (MDS). Students must meet all admission requirements to seek the dual Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and the Master of Dietetics Studies. Successful completion of both degrees certifies the student as eligible to take the national exam to become Registered Dietitian (RD). Students admitted into the undergraduate program are not guaranteed placement into the MDS unless they maintain a 3.0 grade point average and have completed all degree core, support courses and Texas core with a grade of “C-” or better. Students on the B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics track who are not able to complete the Master of Dietetics Studies, may earn the Bachelor of Science degree if they meet the University graduation requirements, but are not eligible for the verification statement to take the RD exam.

Admission Policy

The admission requirements into the Dietetics and Nutrition degree are intended to offer a program with high standards for success. Some of the requirements are known to be a good predictor of achievement in the graduate professional phase of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. While students can declare a pre-dietetics/nutrition track, there is a restricted placement in the advanced practicum courses, which limits the capacity for admission into the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Admission into the major as part of a cohort group occurs in the Fall semester. In order to declare a major in Dietetics and Nutrition, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of all support courses and most of the Texas Core requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be in good standing with the University.
  • All prerequisite courses must be passed with a “C-” or better. Detailed information about the courses, including the Texas common course numbers may be obtained from the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • No prerequisite course can be repeated more than twice to meet the grade criteria.
  • All support courses (prerequisite courses) must be completed by the end of the summer semester prior to entering the program in the Fall semester.
  • Submit a program application, two completed reference forms (program specific) preferably by faculty members and a statement indicating personal career goals, knowledge of the profession, commitment, interests, and motivation.
  • A personal interview with the program faculty.
  • Transfer students must meet all the above criteria and meet all the UTSA undergraduate admission requirements. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

MAT 1073 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. BIO 1233 or BIO 1404 and BIO 1243 or BIO 1413 should be used to satisfy the Life and Physical Sciences requirements. ANT 1013 or SOC 1013 or PSY 1013 should be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement. STA 1053 may be used to satisfy the Component Area Option.

Degree Requirements

  1. Degree Core Requirements (44 semester credit hours):

    NDT  3191  Applied Food Science Practicum
    NDT  3203  Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics Careers
    NDT  3292  Food Production Practicum
    NDT  3313  Applied Food Science
    NDT  3323  Nutrition and Health Assessment
    NDT  3333  Nutrition Counseling and Education
    NDT  3343  Nutrition in the Life Span
    NDT  3353  Production and Foodservice System Management I
    NDT  3413  Advanced Human Nutrition
    NDT  4091  Community Service Practicum
    NDT  4191  Nutrition Care Process Practicum
    NDT  4313  Production and Foodservice System Management II
    NDT  4323  Medical Nutrition Therapy I
    NDT  4333  Community Nutrition
    NDT  4343  Nutrition in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    NDT  4353  Medical Nutrition Therapy II
    NDT  4363  Current Issues in Nutrition

  2. Support courses (40 semester credit hours):

    BIO  1053  Introductory Microbiology
    BIO  1061  Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
    BIO  2083  Human Anatomy
    BIO  2091  Human Anatomy Laboratory
    BIO  2103  Human Physiology
    BIO  2111  Human Physiology Laboratory
    BIO  3513  Biochemistry
    CHE  1103  General Chemistry I
    CHE  1121  General Chemistry I Laboratory
    CHE  1113  General Chemistry II
    CHE  1131  General Chemistry II Laboratory
    CHE  2603  Organic Chemistry I
    CHE  2612  Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
    MGT  3013  Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management
    NDT  2043  Introduction to Nutritional Sciences (or BIO 2043 or an equivalent)
    STA  1053  Basic Statistics

    ANT  1013  Introduction to Anthropology
    or
    PSY  1013  Introduction to Psychology
    or
    SOC  1013  Introduction to Sociology

Course Sequence Guide for B.S. Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate degree requirements that are part of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other admission requirements for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics; and meet with advisors in the College of Education and Human Development for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take core and support courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters. Courses in the Nutrition and Dietetics (NDT) Program are only offered once a year according to the guide below.

B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics (Coordinated Program in Dietetics) – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
BIO 1233 or BIO 1404 Contemporary Biology I (core and major) 3
CHE 1103 General Chemistry I 3
CHE 1121 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MAT 1073 Algebra for Scientists and Engineers (core and major) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Spring
BIO 1243 or BIO 1413 Contemporary Biology II (core) 3
CHE 1113 General Chemistry II 3
CHE 1131 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
American History core   3
Government-Political Science core   3
Second Year
Fall
BIO 1053 Introductory Microbiology 3
BIO 1061 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory 1
BIO 2083 Human Anatomy 3
BIO 2091 Human Anatomy Laboratory 1
CHE 2603 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 2612 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2
American History core   3
Spring
BIO 2103 Human Physiology 3
BIO 2111 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
BIO 3513 Biochemistry 3
MGT 3013 Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management 3
NDT 2043 or BIO 2043 Introduction to Nutritional Sciences 3
PSY 1013, SOC 1013, or ANT 1013 Introduction to Psychology (core) 3
Third Year
Fall
NDT 3191 Applied Food Science Practicum 1
NDT 3203 Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics Careers 3
NDT 3313 Applied Food Science 3
NDT 3413 Advanced Human Nutrition 3
STA 1053 Basic Statistics (core and major) 3
Spring
NDT 3292 Food Production Practicum * 2
NDT 3323 Nutrition and Health Assessment 3
NDT 3333 Nutrition Counseling and Education 3
NDT 3343 Nutrition in the Life Span 3
NDT 3353 Production and Foodservice System Management I 3
Fourth Year
Fall
NDT 4091 Community Service Practicum 1 1
NDT 4313 Production and Food Service System Management II 3
NDT 4323 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
NDT 4333 Community Nutrition 3
Government-Political Science core   3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Spring
NDT 4191 Nutrition Care Process Practicum * 1
NDT 4343 Nutrition in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 3
NDT 4353 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3
NDT 4363 Current Issues in Nutrition 3
Creative Arts core   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

Note: NDT courses are only offered once a year; Fall or Spring semester based on the plan above.

* The practicum courses involve traveling off campus to affiliation sites. Check the University Schedule of Classes or with the instructor to plan the rest of the course schedule accordingly.

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