Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition & Dietetics Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

You can major in Nutrition and Dietetics (Didactic Program in Dietetics) as the first step to becoming a registered dietitian and practitioner in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition/nutrition education programs, wellness/health promotion, food industry, and foodservice. Our program gives you a challenging and high quality curriculum to prepare you for success.

Becoming a registered dietitian involves 3 steps:
1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with attainment of the Verification Statement of Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics*
2. Admission into and the completion of an accredited dietetic internship program**
3. Passing the registration exam to earn the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential***

*Verification Statement for Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
In order to obtain a signed Declaration of Intent form and Verification Statement, you must meet the following requirements:
  1. Documentation that you will meet the minimum academic requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics at UNL (Declaration of Intent) or have completed all academic requirements (Verification Statement)
  2. Overall minimum GPA of 3.0 based on all college course work completed
  3. Grades in all NUTR courses of B- or higher
  4. Grades in all DPD required science courses (BIOS, CHEM, and BIOC) of C- or higher.
The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences will provide a Verification Statement of a student meeting Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements based on the program in effect in the undergraduate bulletin the student is using for graduation requirements if the student is continuously enrolled and graduates within five years. If the student cannot finish his or her studies within this five-year time period, he or she must comply with the didactic program reflected in the undergraduate bulletin currently in effect. The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences will not accept course work to meet DPD requirements from any university/college outside the University of Nebraska system in which a grade of D-, D, or D+ was earned.
In order to receive a Verification Statement of a student meeting Didactic Program in Dietetic requirements, a minimum of 15 credits from 300- or 400- level courses must be completed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nine of the 15 credit hours must come from three of the following classes: NUTR 450 Medical Nutrition Therapy I, NUTR 452 and 452L Medical Nutrition Therapy II and Lab, NUTR 455 Advanced Nutrition, or NUTR 473 Organization and Administration of Foodservice.

**Acceptance into an accredited dietetic internship program is competitive. Currently, there is a significant shortage of available internship positions for the number of students applying for acceptance into an internship program. Acceptance into an internship program cannot be guaranteed.

***The State of Nebraska has a Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapy (LMNT) credentialing law. Attainment of the RD credential will allow you to attain the LMNT credential and practice as a medical nutrition therapist in Nebraska.


  • Health care
  • Sports nutrition
  • Diabetes education
  • Weight loss / management
  • Community nutrition programs
  • Nutrition education
  • Public health
  • Wellness programs
  • Schools
  • Food service industry

Application to this program


Bachelor of Science 4-Year Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
LIFE 120 Fundamentals of Biology I 3 cr
LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I Laboratory 1 cr
NUTR 100 Nutrition, Exercise and Health 3 cr
ACE 1 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
MATH 101 or higher 2-5 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
LIFE 121 Fundamentals of Biology II 3 cr
LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory 1 cr
ACE 2 3 cr
ACE 7 3 cr
PSYC 181 Introduction to Psychology 4 cr
NUTR 150 Foundations in Nutrition and Health Promotion 1 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
CHEM 109 General Chemistry I 4 cr
NUTR 244 Scientific Principles of Food Preparation 3 cr
NUTR 245 Scientific Principles of Food Preparation Laboratory 1 cr
NUTR 250 Human Nutrition and Metabolism 3 cr
ACE 5 3 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
CHEM 110 General Chemistry II 4 cr
NUTR 251 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle 3 cr
NUTR 253 Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition 3 cr
ACE 8 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 16

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
BIOS 111 or BIOS 312 & 314 or NUTR 372 3-4 cr
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr
CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1 cr
NUTR 344 Food and Nutrition for Healthy Living 3 cr
NUTR 370 Food Production Management 3 cr
NUTR 371 Applied Food Production Laboratory 1 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
BIOC 321 Elements of Biochemistry 3 cr
BIOC 321L Laboratory for Elements of Biochemistry 1 cr
NUTR 356 Nutrition Education in the Community 3 cr
STAT 218 or EDPS 459 3 cr
Electives 6 cr
Total Credits 16

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
BIOS 213 Human Physiology 3 cr
BIOS 213L Human Physiology 1 cr
NUTR 450 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3 cr
NUTR 455 Advanced Nutrition 3 cr
NUTR 473/873 Organization and Administration of Foodservice 3 cr
NUTR 490 Professional Preparation for Careers in Dietetics 1 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
NUTR 402 Health Information: Science, Media, and the Consumer 3 cr
NUTR 452 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3 cr
NUTR 452L Medical Nutrition Therapy II Laboratory 1 cr
NUTR 453 Nutrition and Fitness Communication Strategies 3 cr
Electives 2-6 cr
Total Credits 12


Under Semester Five please add the following choice:
CHEM 251 or CHEM 255 (3 cr)
CHEM 253 or CHEM 257 (1 cr)


This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic adviser. Advisers also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.