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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutrition and Dietetics, BS

About the Program

Nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining health and in the prevention and treatment of diseases. Registered Dietitians (RD)s or Registered Dietitian 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.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Major 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 2.75/4.00 and minimum course grades in Dietetics Required Courses I and II are required.

Dietetics Required Courses II: 66 - 68 credits

C or better except NUTR 43700 and NUTR 43800 where a “C-” or better is acceptable.

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (4 - 6 credits)

  • Humanities Core - select from University list (PHIL 11100  Ethics suggested) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Science, Technology & Society Core - select from University list - Credit Hours: 1:00 - 3.00

Electives (5 - 15 credits)

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.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

15 - 16 Credits

16 - 18 Credits

14 - 17 Credits

15 - 16 Credits

12 - 17 Credits

14 Credits

12 - 15 Credits

12 - 15 Credits


*Satisfies a University Core Requirement

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 NUTR 43700 and NUTR 43800 where a “C-” or better is acceptable.

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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