Oct 23, 2021  
2021-2022 University Catalog 
    
2021-2022 University Catalog

Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness and Health, BS


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About the Program

The Nutrition Science Department at Purdue has a unique and historically popular double major offering in Nutrition, Fitness and Health (NFHL) and Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND). This combination allows students to fulfill the didactic requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), as well as gain a comprehensive approach to human health and fitness. This double major is 127-135 credits and can be completed in four years.

Nutrition plays a vital role in health and disease. There is growing evidence of the role of diet in the prevention, development, and treatment of major diseases. To maximize one’s health requires that professionals have a strong understanding of nutrition. The Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential is the nationally recognized credential for nutritionists and is required for most employment in the healthcare industry and preferred for many other employment opportunities in foods and nutrition. To become an RD you must complete required course work, a supervised practice experience, and then pass a national registration examination for dietitians (RD exam). Scores on the national RD exam by Purdue graduates are consistently above the national average.

The Nutrition, Fitness, and Health (NFHL) major is designed for students interested in careers in nutrition, fitness or wellness programs in hospitals, colleges or industry.

With a focus on preventive health and nutrition, these majors are excellent preparation for pursuing advanced degrees for professional health careers such as for medical, dental, physician’s assistant or physical therapy schools.

Department of Nutrition Science

Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness and Health Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements


120-129 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (97-105) credits)


An average GPA of 2.75/4.00 and minimum course grades are required for Departmental/Program Major Courses.

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 Required NUTR courses (3 credits)


The Departmental/Program Major GPA/grade requirements does not apply to this course.

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (19-21 credits)


Electives (0-1 credit)


University Requirements


University Core Requirements


For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:


The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.



Prerequisite Information:


For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements


15-19 Credits


Spring 1st Year


16-17 Credits


15-18 Credits


15-19 Credits


12 Credits


17 Credits


16 Credits


10-11 Credits


Notes


  • 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.
  • Students must earn a GPA of 2.75 and a “C” or better in all Departmental/Program Major 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 hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or above are required for graduation.

World Language Courses


World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (Ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  

 

 
 
 

 

 

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 

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