Dietetics and Applied Nutrition - B.S.

The Dietetics and Applied Nutrition bachelor of science degree program is an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)This program prepares students for entry into a variety of positions in the fields of clinical, community, food service and health promotion, often as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD/RDN).

The program prepares students to translate scientific literature when problem-solving around food production, nutritional counseling on healthy eating practices, and managing diverse populations. This is achieved through a combination of traditional academic courses in addition to Johnson & Wales’ unique culinary nutrition, experience-based cooking labs. Students develop nutrition care plans and learn nutritional diagnostic skills, as well as refine sensory evaluation techniques.

Graduates of the Dietetics and Applied Nutrition program are prepared to work in settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities and health clinics, as well as in nontraditional industries such as food product research and development, school food service, sports nutrition with collegiate and professional teams, recipe testing, food writing and the private chef industry.

Following the completion of the bachelor’s degree program and the receipt of a DPD verification statement, students are eligible to apply to a supervised practice program to qualify to take the national credentialing exam to become a RD/RDN in the United States.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Integrate scientific information and research into scientific and evidence-based practice.
  • Demonstrate the beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for a professional level of practice in nutrition and dietetics.
  • Perform clinical and customer services including the development and delivery of information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations.
  • Apply the strategic principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge relevant to leadership potential and professional growth for the nutrition and dietetics practitioner.

The Dietetics and Applied Nutrition degree is accredited by

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition (ACEND)
of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800-877-1600, ext. 5400 

ACEND provides standards of education meeting required dietetics coursework leading to a bachelor’s degree. Such a program is called a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The Dietetics and Applied Nutrition degree program meets those standards.

Dietetics and Applied Nutrition

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Culinary Foundation Courses
CUL1100Introduction to Culinary Skills and Techniques3
CUL1210Breakfast & Lunch Cafe3
CUL1320Elements of a la Minute Cooking3
CUL1410Contemporary Cooking & Leadership Functions3
Major Courses
CULN2020Applied Culinary Nutrition3
CULN2230Designing Healthy Desserts3
CULN3155Vegetarian Cuisine3
CULN4165Therapeutic Cuisine3
CULS2210Food Science3
DIET2070Lifespan Nutrition3
DIET3030Nutrition Assessment3
DIET3080Community Nutrition3
DIET4030Medical Nutrition Therapy3
DIET4630Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy3
Related Professional Studies
BIO1011General Biology - Cellular3
BIO1016General Biology Laboratory - Cellular1
BIO2041Human Physiology3
BIO2046Human Physiology Laboratory1
BIO2201General Microbiology3
BIO2206General Microbiology Laboratory1
CAR0010Career Management1
CHM1000Foundations in Chemistry3
CHM1006Foundations in Chemistry Laboratory1
DIET1020Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics Professions1
ENG2010Introduction to Technical Communication3
FSM1165The Food Safety Manager1
FSM2045Introduction to Menu Planning and Cost Controls3
FSM2210Operational Management in Healthcare3
FYS1020First-Year Seminar1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
A Multicultural History of America
One course from ART, HUM, LIT, PHIL or REL
Fundamentals of Algebra (or higher, based on student's placement)
Introduction to Biostatistics
Social Sciences6
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH, ECON, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, RES or SOC
A&S Electives6
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Free Electives #
9 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university9
Total Credits122.0

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000-level courses

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