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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Didactic Program in Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness and Health, BS

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About the Program

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 a four-year academic program, 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. Purdue offers two programs in dietetics. For more information about Dietetics and related programs, please visit http://www.cfs.purdue.edu/fn/undergraduate/majors/dietetics.html.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Didactic Program in Dietetics-Nutrition, Fitness and Health  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

DNFH (double major)
128-136 credits

Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness & Health Core (University Foundational Learning Outcomes) (6 credits)

Information Literacy

***fulfilled by

Oral Communication

***fulfilled by


select from University list ( PHIL 11100 - Ethics  suggested)

Science, Technology & Society

select from University list

Major Requirements (101-109 credits)

Electives 0 credits

128-136 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree for this double major

University Foundational Learning Outcomes List


Program Requirements

Didactic Program in Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness and Health Double Major

132 Semester hours

15-16 Credits

17-18 Credits

17 Credits

15 Credits


Responsibility for meeting graduation requirements is solely that of the student.

All students must complete 32 hours of 300 level courses or higher courses is solely that of the student at Purdue for graduation.

17 Credits

17 Credits

17 Credits

15 Credits

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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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