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Dietetics Program Plan of Study

The curriculum for the B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a concentration in Nutrition and emphasis in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The DPD prepares students for an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program (i.e., dietetic internship) to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Only students who complete the DPD in accordance with the Dietetics Program Declaration of Intent and Verification Statement Policy (PDF, 184 KB) are eligible to receive a Verification Statement. A Verification Statement is required for acceptance into an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program (i.e., dietetic internship). Completion of a DPD + DI are required for eligibility to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietetians to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Dietetics Program Curriculum for Undergraduate Students

B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition--Nutrition Concentration Degree Requirements: Undergraduate students who are admitted into the Dietetics emphasis after Fall 2016 will follow the B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a concentration in Nutrition and emphasis in Dietetics curriculum map (PDF, 86 KB) to fulfill degree and DPD requirements.

Undergraduate students who began the dietetics program prior to Fall 2016 should refer to the curriculum map that corresponds to the program catalog year indicated in their Degree Works profile. Past curriculum maps may be accessed through the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS) Curriculum Worksheet Page (http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/worksheets.html) or through archived Clemson University Undergraduate Catalogs (https://www.registrar.clemson.edu/html/catalog.htm)

Dietetics Emphasis Requirements:  Students in the Dietetics emphasis must complete the following courses to fulfill their required 17 credits in the emphasis area – refer to the Nutrition Concentration Emphasis Area Course List (PDF, 144 KB) for details.

  • NUTR 4180 Professional Development in Dietetics – 1 credit

  • NUTR 4240/4241 Medical Nutrition Therapy I and Lab – 4 credits

  • NUTR 4250/4251 Medical Nutrition Therapy II and Lab – 4 credits

  • NUTR 4270 Nutrition Counseling – 2 credits

  • FDSC 3060 Institutional Foodservice Management – 3 credits

  • NUTR 4070/4071 Quantity Food Production and Lab – 3 credits

DPD Requirements:  Students in the Dietetics emphasis must complete the following DPD courses, in addition to fulfilling the academic and professional requirements outlined in the Dietetics Program Declaration of Intent and Verification Statement Policy (PDF, 184 KB), in order to receive a signed Verification Statement.

DPD Science Courses

DPD Professional Courses

BIOL 1030 General Biology I and
BIOL 1050 General Biology Lab I
OR
BIOL 1100 Principles of Biology I*

ACCT 2020 Managerial Accounting Concepts

BIOL 1040 General Biology II and
BIOL 1060 General Biology Lab II
OR
BIOL 1110 Principles of Biology II*

ECON 2000 Economic Concepts
OR
ECON 2120 Principles of Macroeconomics

BIOL 2220 Human Anatomy & Physiology I*

MGT 2010 Principles of Management

BIOL 2230 Human Anatomy & Physiology II*

PSYC 2010 Introduction to Psychology

CH 1010 General Chemistry*

STAT 2300 Statistical Methods I*

CH 1020 General Chemistry*

FDSC 1010 Intro to Food Sci & Human Nutrition

CH 2230 Organic Chemistry and
CH 2270 Organic Chemistry Laboratory

FDSC 2010 Introduction to Food*

BCHM 3050 Elements of Biochemistry

FDSC 3060 Institutional Foodservice Management

MICR 3050 General Microbiology*

FDSC 4500 Creative Inquiry

MICR 4070 Food and Dairy Microbiology*

NUTR 2030 Intro to Principles of Human Nutrition

 

NUTR 2040 Nutrition Across the Life Cycle

 

NUTR 2160 Evidence-Based Nutrition

 

NUTR 3010 Food and Culture

 

NUTR 3020 Nutrition Assessment*

 

NUTR 4070 Quantity Food Production*

 

NUTR 4180 Professional Development in Dietetics

 

NUTR 4240 Medical Nutrition Therapy I*

 

NUTR 4250 Medical Nutrition Therapy II*

 

NUTR 4260 Community Nutrition

 

NUTR 4270 Nutrition Counseling

 

NUTR 4510 Human Nutrition & Metabolism I

 

NUTR 4550 Human Nutrition & Metabolism II

*Indicates course is lecture and lab combined.

aStudents must earn a B or better in the following courses to receive a verification statement:  FDSC 1010, FDSC 2010, FDSC 3060, FDSC 4500, NUTR 2030, NUTR 2040, NUTR 2160, NUTR 3010, NUTR 3020, NUTR 4070, NUTR 4180, NUTR 4240, NUTR 4250, NUTR 4260, NUTR 4270, NUTR 4510, NUTR 4550.

bStudents must earn a C or better in the following courses to receive a verification statement:  BIOL 1030 and BIOL 1050 OR BIOL 1100, BIOL 1040 and BIOL 1040 OR BIOL 1110, BIOL 2220, BIOL 2230, CH 1010, CH 1020, CH 2230, CH 2270, BCHM 3050, MICR 3050, MICR 4070, ACCT 2020, ECON 2000 OR ECON 2120, MGT 2010, PSYC 2010, STAT 2300.

DPD Courses:  Course descriptions are available in the Courses of Instruction section of the current Undergraduate Announcements (https://www.registrar.clemson.edu/html/catalog.htm). In addition to noting course pre-requisites and co-requisites, students should be mindful of when required program courses are offered. Many required DPD courses, particularly those with a FDSC or NUTR prefix, are only offered one semester each year, so a delay in enrolling in and completing a course as outlined on one’s curriculum map may delay one’s ability to graduate in a timely manner. Students are encouraged to follow the curriculum map as outlined and minimize deviations in order to graduate in a timely manner. Refer to the Nutrition Concentration Course Offerings, Pre-Requisites, Co-Requisites (PDF, 200 KB) for details.

Dietetics Program Curriculum for Post-Baccalaureate Students

Students who have earned a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent and are interested in completing Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements to receive a Verification Statement may do so through one of two options.

1.  Complete DPD courses while pursuing a second bachelor's degree -- a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a concentration in Nutrition and emphasis in Dietetics.

OR

2.  Complete DPD courses while pursuing a M.S. in Food, Nutrition, and Culinary Sciences (http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/fnps/degrees/food-nutrition-culinary-science-ms/index.html). Completing DPD course requirements is separate from and in addition to concurrent completion of graduate course requirements. Some DPD courses are offered for graduate credit and may be applied toward partial fulfillment of graduate degree requirements.

For either option, DPD coursework previously completed for college credit at other institutions may be applied toward meeting select DPD requirements. A transcript evaluation by the DPD Director is required to determine course equivalency for meeting DPD requirements.

DPD Admission for Graduate Students:  Graduate students must apply to and be admitted into the DPD -- refer to the Dietetics Program Admission Policy for Graduate Students (PDF, 304 KB) for details.

DPD Requirements for Graduate Students:  Graduate students who are admitted into the DPD must complete the following courses, in addition to fulfilling the academic and professional requirements outlined in the Dietetics Program Declaration of Intent and Verification Statement Policy (PDF, 184 KB), in order to receive a Verification Statement. Graduate level courses (where applicable and as indicated) may be taken to fulfill DPD requirements. Course selection should be determined in consultation with the DPD Director and the student's Graduate Advisor.

DPD Science Courses

DPD Professional Courses

BIOL 1030 General Biology I and

BIOL 1050 General Biology Lab I

OR

BIOL 1100 Principles of Biology I*

ACCT 2020 Managerial Accounting Concepts

BIOL 1040 General Biology II and

BIOL 1060 General Biology Lab II

OR

BIOL 1110 Principles of Biology II*

ECON 2000 Economic Concepts

OR

ECON 2110 Principles of Microeconomics

OR

ECON 2120 Principles of Macroeconomics

BIOL 2220 Human Anatomy & Physiology I*

 

MGT 2010 Principles of Management

OR

MBA 8090 Org Behavior & Human Resources Mgt

BIOL 2230 Human Anatomy & Physiology II*

 

PSYC 2010 Introduction to Psychology

CH 1010 General Chemistry*

 

STAT 2300 Statistical Methods I*

OR

STAT 8010 Statistical Methods I*

CH 1020 General Chemistry*

 

FDSC 2010 Introduction to Food*

OR

NUTR 8070 Culinary Nutrition Science

CH 2230 Organic Chemistry and

CH 2270 Organic Chemistry Laboratory

FDSC 3060 Institutional Foodservice Management

BCHM 3050 Elements of Biochemistry

OR

BCHM 6230 Principles of Biochemistry

NUTR 2030 Intro to Principles of Human Nutrition

MICR 3050 General Microbiology*

NUTR 2040 Nutrition Across the Life Cycle

 

NUTR 2160 Evidence-Based Nutrition

 

NUTR 3010 Food and Culture

 

NUTR 3020 Nutrition Assessment*

 

NUTR 4180 Professional Development in Dietetics

 

NUTR 4270 Nutrition Counseling

 

NUTR 6070 Quantity Food Production*

 

NUTR 6240 Medical Nutrition Therapy I*

 

NUTR 6250 Medical Nutrition Therapy II*

 

NUTR 6260 Community Nutrition

 

NUTR 6510 Human Nutrition & Metabolism I

 

NUTR 6550 Human Nutrition & Metabolism II

*Indicates course is lecture and lab combined.

aStudents must earn a B or better in the following courses (or their graduate equivalent where applicable and as indicated above) to receive a verification statement:  FDSC 2010, FDSC 3060, NUTR 2030, NUTR 2040, NUTR 2160, NUTR 3010, NUTR 3020, NUTR 6070, NUTR 4180, NUTR 6240, NUTR 6250, NUTR 6260, NUTR 4270, NUTR 6510, NUTR 6550.

bStudents must earn a C or better in the following courses (or their graduate equivalent where applicable and as indicated above) to receive a verification statement:  BIOL 1030 and BIOL 1050 OR BIOL 1100, BIOL 1040 and BIOL 1040 OR BIOL 1110, BIOL 2220, BIOL 2230, CH 1010, CH 1020, CH 2230, CH 2270, BCHM 3050, MICR 3050, ACCT 2020, ECON 2000 OR ECON 2120, MGT 2010, PSYC 2010, STAT 2300.

Note:  1000- and 2000-level courses may be completed at a community or technical college and applied to fulfill DPD requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm the equivalency of coursework taken elsewhere and to send official copies of transcripts to the DPD director to verify completion.