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2024-2025 University Catalog 
2024-2025 University Catalog

Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness and Health, BS

Location(s): West Lafayette

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About the Program

The Nutrition Science Department at Purdue has a unique and popular double major offering in Nutrition, Fitness, and Health (NFHL) and the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND). This combination allows students to fulfill the requirements for obtaining the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential together with the first step in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), as well as gain a comprehensive approach to human health and fitness. This double major can be completed in four years.

The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) part of the double major provides a foundation for students to pursue a required advanced degree (master’s degree), complete a supervised practice (commonly referred to as “internship”), and become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) by passing the National Registration Exam for Dietitians (RD exam).  In addition to our undergraduate program, Purdue offers a professional master’s degree in Dietetics which incorporates the necessary supervised practice hours. The undergraduate and graduate programs are fully ACEND accredited, and the Purdue Nutrition Science Department offers all of the required steps to be eligible to sit for the RDN exam. Scores on the national RDN exam by Purdue graduates are consistently well above the national average.

The Nutrition, Fitness, and Health (NFHL) part is designed for students interested in careers in nutrition, fitness, or wellness programs in hospitals, colleges, or industry. The Purdue NFHL major has formal recognition from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for its excellence in undergraduate strength and conditioning education and one is eligible to sit for the credentialing exam upon graduation to earn the CSCS credential.

Department of Nutrition Science

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

Degree Requirements

121-131 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (99-107) credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (22-24 credits)

Electives (0 credit)

Grade Requirements

  • A grade of C or better is required for 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.

GPA Requirements

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

Pass/No Pass Policy

  • 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.

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. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

To obtain the Civics Literacy Proficiency, students will complete an educational activity as part of their chosen Civics Literacy Pathway and pass the Purdue Civics knowledge test.  The knowledge test can be completed at any time while the pathway is being perused.  There are three different pathways:

  • Civics Event pathway - Attend six approved civics-related events and pass the required exam; or
  • Civics Literacy Podcast pathway - Complete 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement that use C-SPAN material and pass the required exam; or
  • Approved course pathway - Complete  one of the following approved courses and pass the required exam.

More details about each pathway and how to complete the requirement can be found on the Civics Literacy Student Dashboard in myPurdue.

Upper Level Requirement

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Sample 4-Year Plan

15-19 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16-17 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15-17 Credits

16-19 Credits

14 Credits

17 Credits

14 Credits

14 Credits

Pre-Requisite Information

For pre-requisite information, log in to mypurdue.purdue.edu and click here.

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.”


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements. Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student. The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

Comparative information about Purdue University and other U.S. educational institutions is also available through the College Navigator tool, provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, and through the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.

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