Nutrition and Food Science B.S. (Emphasis in Dietetics)

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core A - E)42
Specific Recommendations:
Introduction to Psychology (Area E)
Elementary Statistics (Area D2)
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
Survey of Accounting
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Introductory Food Science
Major Requirements60
Nutrition and Food Science Core
Principles of Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Medical Terminology
Professional Practice Strategies
Professional Etiquette
Human Nutrition
Life Cycle Nutrition
Meal Management
Metabolic Nutrition
Dietetics Emphasis
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Advanced Food Science
Quantity Food Systems Administration
Quantity Food Practicum
Medical Nutrition Therapy I
Community Nutrition
Experimental Food Science
Medical Nutrition Therapy II
Dietetics Senior Seminar
Guided Electives 1
Sports Nutrition
Sustainable Foods
International Studies Abroad in Health and Kinesiology
Cultural Foods
Directed Individual Study
Total Credit Hours124

Honors in Nutrition and Food Science

To graduate with Honors in Nutrition and Food Science a student must:

  • Be admitted to the Honors College;
  • Successfully complete at least four credit hours of Honors Research Seminar (HONS 4610) over four semesters
  • Successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • Be in good standing in the Honors College at the time of graduation

Program Admission Criteria

  • 2.0 GPA for Community Nutrition and Food Science/Food Service Administration Emphases.
  • See below for admission criteria for the Dietetics Emphasis.

Program Progression Requirements

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all courses in Area F and within the major including non-major requirements.
  • Students must also earn a minimum grade of “C” in a prerequisite course prior to registering for an advanced course.
  • See below for additional program progression requirements for the Dietetics Emphasis.

Note: Nutrition and food science students who transfer courses in with less than a "C" grade may be required to repeat those courses to meet prerequisite and major requirements.

Initially accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AN&D).

120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: (800) 877-1600

Dietetics Emphasis (Didactic Program in Dietetics) Admission Criteria

  • Attain admission to Georgia Southern University.
  • Have a minimum of second semester sophomore status (45 credit hours completed) upon applying for the program.
  • Achieve a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or better on all course work attempted (transfer course work and work completed at Georgia Southern University are considered).
  • Complete a minimum of the following courses with a minimum grade of "C":
    Credit Hours
    ACCT   2030Survey of Accounting 3
    CHEM   1211KPrinciples of Chemistry I4
    KINS   2531
    KINS   2511
    Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
    NTFS   2514Professional Practice Strategies1
    NTFS   2534Introductory Food Science3
    NTFS   3534Human Nutrition3
    STAT   1401Elementary Statistics3
  • Students transferring in from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics from another school are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Director who is responsible for determining which dietetics courses remain to be taken and which dietetics courses receive transfer credit hour. Adequate time must be allowed for scheduling, review and notification. Students from other institutions are bound by admission and progression requirements of the Dietetics program at Georgia Southern University. All transfer credits must be evaluated by the Undergraduate Office of Admissions and posted on the Georgia Southern transcript upon official acceptance to the University.

Application Process for Admission to the Dietetics Emphasis (Didactic Program in Dietetics)

Admission to the program is made for the Fall semester. The following completed Admission Package must be turned in to the DPD Director in order for the candidate to be considered:

  1. Official Application
  2. Letter of Intent
  3. Verification of grades with official transcripts of all schools attended including this university (WINGS accepted); mid-term verification of grades for all required courses in process. (Students in the process of taking any of the prerequisite courses for the emphasis will be required to submit a mid-term grade from the professor. Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon the final grade received in the courses.)
  4. Completion of an interview with Didactic Program in Dietetics faculty, basic nutritional math skills examination, and nutrition-related language skills writing assessment.


Application deadline: February 15th (If this date falls on a weekend or holiday then the application is due on the next working day.)

Program Progression Requirements

  1. Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" in all courses within the major requirements including remaining Area F courses.
  2. Students must maintain a 2.8 overall GPA. An admitted student whose overall GPA falls below 2.8 will be on probation for one semester. If the student's GPA remains below 2.8 after the probation semester, the student will be dropped from the program. The student may be re-admitted to the program only by the application process outlined above.
  3. Students must complete the courses in sequence and complete all prerequisites. If a course is dropped or failed, then the student will be out of sequence and graduation will be delayed. These students may have to reapply to the dietetics emphasis depending on circumstances, availability of space, and time elapsed between classes.
  4. Majors that drop from the program due to personal reasons and wish to reapply at a later date must have courses and skills reevaluated to determine eligibility for the current curriculum and program.

Note: Students transferring into the Nutrition and Food Science: Dietetics Emphasis from other majors or NTFS emphases may not be able to graduate necessarily within the traditional four-year period. In addition, students who transfer in with less than a "C" grade will be required to repeat courses to meet prerequisite and major requirements.

Program Graduation Requirements

1.  A Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded upon meeting all degree requirements.

2.  Graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nutrition and Food Science and an emphasis in Dietetics is not a guarantee of completion of all requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).  In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), a graduate of the DPD must also pass all learning objectives of the program established to meet the Knowledge Requirements in Dietetics and Nutrition (KRDN) of ACEND in effect at the time of admission to the program to be granted a Verification Statement of DPD Completion.  For example, it is possible for a student to pass a course yet fail to pass a specific learning objective within that course.  In such cases, a student would be remediated by the Program Director and would have one semester after completion of degree requirements to pass all learning objectives of the program.  Any student not meeting this ACEND requirement will be dropped from the program with no further consideration for re-admittance at a later date.   


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