May 23, 2019
Nutrition and Dietetics Major
The curriculum in Nutrition and Dietetics is interdisciplinary in nature and includes courses that provide a broad background to prepare students for employment as dietitians and nutritionists in a wide variety of settings. RU’s program is accredited by the American Dietetic Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Upon completion of the B.S. Degree, students are eligible to apply to an accredited dietetic internship and subsequently sit for the national registration exam, the final step in the credentialing process to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). Registered Dietitians are employed in hospitals, wellness centers, health departments, private practice, health-related agencies and consulting positions with pharmaceutical and food companies.
RU’s curriculum is focused on preparing students for careers in wellness, disease prevention and nutrition therapy. Alternative career paths also include food service management, public health and the food industry.
All Nutrition and Dietetics students are assigned to a faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regularly to facilitate smooth progress towards completion of their degree. In addition, the Advising Center provides support and assistance to students and faculty within the department. Both faculty advisors and the Advising Center staff are committed to assisting students in: exploring educational and career options; clarifying university and departmental requirements; selecting appropriate courses; evaluating academic progress; and obtaining referral information for academic and student support services.
All requirements for a degree are outlined below.
Core Curriculum Requirements (43-45 credits)
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Majors are required to complete the following courses and are advised to take them as part of their Core Curriculum requirements:
Major Core Requirements (56 credits)
Required Related Courses (12 credits)
B.S. Degree Requirement (6 credits)
Electives (3 credits)
Recommended electives include Spanish courses that indicate fluency in conversational Spanish.
Major Grade Point Average (GPA)
A 2.50 GPA on all college work attempted, a 2.5 GPA overall at RU, and a 2.5 GPA in the major are required to complete and graduate in this major.
Total Credits Needed for Degree 120
Admission Criteria to Upper Division Courses
Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission to the Nutrition and Dietetics upper division coursework:
- Official transcripts reflecting a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better from all post secondary schools attended including RU.
- Completion and grade of C or better in the following courses:
- NUTR 100
- NUTR 204
- NUTR 214
- CHEM 101 or CHEM 120
- CHEM 103
- BIOL 105
- BIOL 322 or BIOL 310 and BIOL 311
- All of the above courses must be completed before beginning upper division NUTR courses.
- If any of the above courses have not been taken at the time of application, those students could be provisionally approved for registration into upper division course work.
- If students do not complete the prerequisite courses with a C or better, admission to the courses will be withdrawn.
- Submission of transcripts for those intending to enroll in upper division courses is due to the Advising Center by January 31 for fall enrollment.
Honors Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Nutrition and Dietetics program offers an honors program. For a general description of the Honors Academy at Radford University, see Honors Academy . For specific requirements of this program, contact the department head or the director of the Honors Academy.