Nutrition & Dietetics

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

You can major in Nutrition and Dietetics (Didactic Program in Nutrition and 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.

Process To Become a Registered Dietitian

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with attainment of the Verification Statement of Completion of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and 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.

Acceptance into an accredited 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 individuals to attain the LMNT credential and practice as medical nutrition therapists in Nebraska.

Accreditation Status

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040, Ext. 5400. ACEND is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE).

The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics Student Handbook/Policies and Procedures is available here and contains important information about the program to include information required by the 2012 ACEND Accreditation Standards for Didactic Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics for prospective and current students.


  • Health care
  • Sports nutrition
  • Diabetes education
  • Weight loss / management
  • Community nutrition programs
  • Nutrition education
  • Public health
  • Wellness programs
  • Schools
  • Extension health and wellness

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 Healthy Living 3 cr
ACE 1 3 cr
MATH 101 or higher 2-5 cr
Total Credits 12
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 Career Preparation in Nutrition and Health Sciences 2 cr
Total Credits 16

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
BIOS 213 Human Physiology 3 cr
BIOS 213L Human Physiology 1 cr
Total Credits 14

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 370 Food Production Management 3 cr
NUTR 371 Applied Food Production Laboratory 1 cr
STAT 218 or EDPS 459 3 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
Electives 3 cr
NUTR 302 3 cr
NUTR 344 4 cr
Total Credits 17

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
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
ACE 8 3 cr
Electives 3 cr
Total Credits 16
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
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 6-10 cr
Total Credits 13


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.