University General Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    Dec 04, 2023  

Nutrition (Dietetics Specialization), B.S.

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Per the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the following are the requirements to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN):

  1. Complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and coursework through an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics.
  2. Complete a post-baccalaureate accredited Dietetic Internship.
  3. Pass a national credentialing exam.

The dietetics specialization curriculum is accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). 

Students who earn their B.S. in Nutrition in the Dietetic Specialization are eligible upon graduation to apply for a Dietetic Internship.  As noted above, the final step is to pass the national registration examination for dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. RDNs are employed in a wide variety of settings including health care, schools, community/public health, athletic and sports training facilities, and private practice. In these settings, RDNs may provide medical nutrition therapy; counsel and educate patients/clients; and/or manage food service operations. RDNs also find employment in research, business and industry. 

Students who earn their B.S. in Nutrition in the Dietetic Specialization are also eligible to take the national registration examination for the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician (NDTR) credential. NDTRs generally work as a member of a team under the supervision of an RDN in a variety of settings including health care, business, community/public health, and foodservice. 


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the scientific basis of the nutrition discipline.
  • demonstrate competency in the interpretation and critical analysis of the scientific literature which will be integrated into evidence-based practice.  

Contact Information

CABNR Advising Center
FA 236

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Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
  • Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (28-32 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (5-6 units) - CO2

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (8 units) - CO4, CO4L

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   Chapter in this catalog

II. Additional Core Requirements (3 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV).  Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

The following courses count in the General Education Requirement:

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

C. Global Context - CO11

D. Ethics - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

F. Application - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (70-71 units)

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (14-19 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

First Semester (15 units)

Second Semester (14 units)

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

D. Fourth Year

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