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What is the Nutrition and Dietetics Major?

The Nutrition and Dietetics major is the first step leading to the credential of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. At the University of Delaware a student enrolled in the Nutrition and Dietetics major is completing the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree and the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

The University of Delaware’s DPD is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600 ext 5400). ACEND is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN or RD) or Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTR).

Completion of a post-undergraduate accredited dietetic internship is the second step towards becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Students may apply to the University of Delaware’s Dietetic Internship or another accredited program. Additionally, students have the option to apply to the University of Delaware’s Combined MS in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship. The final step is taking and passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Additionally, the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition offers majors in Nutrition and Medical Sciences and Nutrition.

Why Study Nutrition and Dietetics at UD?

Graduates from our program applying to Dietetic Internship programs have a higher success rate than the national average. Additionally, 96.6% of UD Dietetics alumni pass the national Registration Examination for Dietitians on their first attempt.

Experiential opportunities in Nutrition and Dietetics at UD are available in and out of the classroom. Students may gain skills in nutrition education, counseling, management, resource development and research. Courses include hands-on labs and real world experiences in food service, community and simulated medical settings.  Meet some nutrition majors!

Career Opportunities for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists work in a wide variety of practice settings. Some graduates use their nutrition major as preparation for nontraditional careers. RDs and RDNs work in:

  • Some graduates use their nutrition major as preparation for nontraditional careers.
  • Health-care and medical settings such as hospitals and clinics as part of the interprofessional health-care team.
  • Communities and public health to help Americans achieve and maintain good health; they may also advise government on population-wide initiatives to improve the health of the public.
  • Hospital foodservice departments and/or run and manage kitchen staff and foodservice production in schools, nursing homes, restaurants, industrial plants, military bases, and other institutions.
  • Private practice, operating their own consulting businesses. They may work with a variety of clients or focus on a specific group such as athletes, those with eating disorders, or children.
  • Collaboration with private companies like supermarkets, food manufacturers or pharmaceutical industries.
  • Media and communication, including television and print/web-based journalism like magazines.
  • Universities and research areas, teaching students about nutrition or conducting research to answer important scientific, clinical and policy questions. Many Dietitians continue their education by going to graduate school for nutrition, public health or other allied advanced degrees.

Admission to Nutrition and Dietetics

Before requesting a change of major to Nutrition and Dietetics, students must carefully review the Introduction to Nutrition Majors powerpoint and schedule an appointment with a BHAN Academic Advisor.

Additionally, students must complete CHEM101 (or 103 or 107) and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Once all of the requirements have been met, the student then submits their request via the “Change of Major, Minor, Concentration and Graduation Term” webform on UDSIS. Any student that meets the requirements will be approved to change to Dietetics.

Nutrition and Dietetics Curriculum

Students in Nutrition and Dietetics take foundational sciences like biology, chemistry and physiology early in their academic career. In Junior and Senior year there is a greater focus on nutrition-specific courses including Nutritional Assessment, Nutrition Counseling, Medical Nutrition Therapy and Quantity Food Production. The following plan is only one example: not every student will take every course in the same order.

Freshman Year
CHEM101 or 103 or 107 General Chemistry (4) CHEM102 or 104 or 108 General Chemistry (4)
NTDT103 Intro to Nutrition Professions (1) UNIV101 First Year Experience (3)
NTDT200 Nutrition Concepts (3) SOCI201 Introduction to Sociology (3)
ECON100 or ECON101 Economics (3) ENGL110* Seminar in Composition (3)
MATH114 College Mathematics and Statistics (3) Breadth of Multicultural Elective (3)

* Grade of C- or better required

Sophomore Year
CHEM213 Elementary Organic Chemistry (3) CHEM214* Elementary Biochemistry (3)
CHEM215 Elementary Biochemistry Lab (1) CHEM216* Elementary Biochemistry Lab (1)
BISC205* Biology for Health Sciences (4) ANFS305* Food Science (3)
NTDT 201* Food Concepts (3) PSYC100 General Psychology (3)
NTDT250 Intro to the Nutrition Care Process (3) Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)
STAT200 or PSYC209 or STAT408 Statistics (3) Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)

* Grade of C- or better required

Junior Year
BISC276* Human Physiology (4)  MMSC270 Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (4)
NTDT400* Macronutrients (3)  NTDT401* Micronutrients (3)
NTDT321* Quantity Food Production & Service (3)  NTDT305* Nutrition in the Lifespan (3)
NTDT322* Management of Food and Nutrition Services (3)  NTDT326* On-Site Food Production (3)
BUAD309 Organizational Behavior (3)  NTDT330* Nutrition Counseling (3)

* Grade of C- or better required

Senior Year
NTDT450* Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3)  NTDT451* Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)
NTDT403 Senior Nutrition Seminar (1)  NTDT421* Nutritional Assessment Methods (3)
NTDT445* Teaching Methods (3)  NTDT460* Community Nutrition (3)
Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)  Social and Behavioral Science Elective (3)
Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)  Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)
Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)

* Grade of C- or better required

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete 120 credits and meet specific requirements, as outlined in the University of Delaware Catalog. Each semesters’ courses will vary, depending on the student’s background and academic preparation.

The average number of credits per semester ranges from 12 to 17. Winter and summer sessions can help lighten the loads of regular semesters. For more information regarding Nutrition and Dietetics major requirements and suggested course sequence, please click here.