Dietetics and Applied Nutrition - B.S.

Effective May 17, 2024 FYS1020 and CAR0010 will no longer be requirements in our undergraduate programs.

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 graduate degree program and supervised practice to complete requirements for eligibility to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (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.

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. To become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), graduates of DPD programs must also complete a graduate degree (effective January 1, 2024), complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program, and pass a national credentialing exam in the United States. 

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 students who qualify for the J2 program, up to four graduate 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 courses.

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

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international, domestic, and digital options for major, minor, free electives, experiential learning, and transferable courses. There are many affordable options for students during a semester, winter session, spring and/or summer breaks.  Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied, and some partners offer external scholarships.  Premiere programs do not qualify for JWU scholarships or grants; however federal aid is available.  Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go? Wherever you decide, make the best of your educational journey!


Johnson & Wales University holistically reviews all elements of a student’s application to identify those students most likely to succeed at the university.

For students applying as a first-year student, a completed application and high school transcript(s) are required, except in circumstances where a student is homeschooled or where the traditional high school transcript is, for various reasons, not available. For students applying as a transfer student, a completed application, high school and/or college transcript(s) is required for admissions review.

Successful candidates for first year admission have taken a high school, college preparatory academic program including English, mathematics, science, social science and foreign language. The Dietetics and Applied Nutrition program requires students to have successfully completed math and science curriculums. Admissions decisions may also consider individual experiences and particular circumstances unique to each student. Other considerations are made based upon recommendations, writing ability and extracurricular activities.

Visiting campus, both in‐person or virtually, and interacting with admissions staff are all valuable ways of assuring that JWU is the right university for you.

J2 Program

The JWU J2 program allows qualified students enrolled in a matriculating undergraduate program to take graduate level courses at JWU. Students interested in pursuing this option should meet with their academic advisor to discuss their interest, qualifications, and plans. The undergraduate student may take up to four graduate courses (maximum 12 credits) and are limited to 6 credits a semester and 3 credits per session (Fall Session I and Fall Session II). 

The completion of graduate credits to fulfill undergraduate program requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program after completion of the baccalaureate degree. Matriculating undergraduate students who wish to formally enroll in a graduate program, must fulfill all requirements for entrance into the intended graduate program and complete a graduate program application. 

Note: Not all graduate courses are included as part of this policy. Courses offered as part of the Masters of Arts in Teaching, Masters of Education, Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and doctoral courses are excluded from this policy and are restricted to program majors only. Additional courses and/or programs as determined by individual colleges may also have restricted access.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to enroll in graduate level courses (excludes: Masters of Arts in Teaching, Masters of Education, Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, doctoral courses and other programs as outlined by the colleges).

Undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

·       Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher

·       Completed & registered undergraduate credits at least 90 credits

·       Meet the individual course prerequisites

Appeal to Eligibility Criteria: College Dean or designee will receive a copy of the Petition Form, Student's GPS and email requesting appeal if the student requests to appeal the GPA or earned/registered credit criteria. College Dean / designee will review and determine approval.  

These courses carry graduate credit and will replace undergraduate degree requirements when applicable, traditionally free-electives (maximum of 12 credits). The course will be applied to the undergraduate degree in the order in which they are taken (if required) and will also be applied towards both the students undergraduate and graduate GPA.

Students should maintain enrollment in at least 12 credits of undergraduate coursework to maintain full-time status; graduate course enrollment is not calculated into undergraduate full-time status. For students already attending full-time as undergraduates (12 credits or more) and paying the full-time tuition, the graduate credits will be included in full-time tuition fee. Students attending part-time (11 credits or less) will pay the cost per-credit undergraduate tuition for the graduate course.

Course registration will be based on space availability and students enrolled in graduate level courses will be required to maintain good academic standing at the undergraduate and graduate level.