About the Program
Nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining health and in the prevention and treatment diseases. Registered Dietitians (RD)s and Registered Dietary Nutritionists (RDN)s are the food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into personalized recommendations to help people prevent and manage medical conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and many more. To become a RD, students must complete required coursework as well as supervised practice. Required courses include biology, chemistry, biochemistry, medical nutrition therapy, nutrition assessment, diet selection and planning, and food service systems management.
At Purdue, students complete all required coursework for dietetics in the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, and then apply to either an outside dietetics internship or the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Purdue to complete the required supervised practice. Upon completion of supervised practice, students are eligible to sit for the national registration examination for dietitians.
With a focus on preventive health and nutrition, Dietetics is an excellent pre-professional major.
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (101-109 credits)
An average GPA of 3.0/4.0 and minimum course grades in Dietetics Required Courses I, and an average GPA of 2.75/4.0 and minimum course grades in Dietetics Required Courses I and II are required.
Dietetics Required Courses I: 35-41 credits
A grade of C or better is required for these courses.
Dietetics Required Courses II: 66-68 credits
A grade of C or better is required for these courses except a “C-” or better is acceptable for NUTR 43700 and NUTR 43800, and there is no minimum grade requirement for NUTR 41100.
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (4-6 credits)
- Humanities Core - select from University list - Credit Hours: 3.00 (PHIL 11100 recommended)
- Science, Technology & Society Core - select from University list - Credit Hours: 1:00 - 3.00
University Core Requirements
- Human Cultures Humanities
- Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
- Information Literacy
- Science #1
- Science #2
- Science, Technology, and Society
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Quantitative Reasoning
For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
- A student may elect the Pass / Not-Pass grading option for elective courses only, unless an academic unit requires that a specific departmental course/s be taken Pass / Not-Pass. Students may elect to take University Core Curriculum courses Pass / Not-Pass; however, some major Plans of Study require courses that also fulfill UCC foundational outcomes. In such cases, students may not elect the Pass / Not-Pass option. A maximum of 24 credits of elective courses under the Pass / Not-pass grading option can be used toward graduation requirements. For further information, students should refer to the College of Health and Human Sciences Pass / Not-Pass Policy.
- In Dietetics Required Courses I, students must earn a GPA of 3.0 and a “C” or better in all courses.
- In Dietetics Required Courses I and II, students must earn a GPA of 2.75 and a “C” or better in all courses except a “C-” or better is acceptable for NUTR 43700 and NUTR 43800, and there is no minimum grade requirement for NUTR 41100.
- 32 credits of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or above are required for graduation.
- 30 credits required each year to reach subsequent class standing.
Foreign Language Courses
Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.
For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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