Pre-Dietetics

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Pre-Dietetics

A student interested in pursuing a master’s degree to become a registered dietitian must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree and the following required courses. Students should check with the dietetics program(s) to which they intend to apply to ensure that other requirements are fulfilled.  Some dietetics programs require a course in Medical Nutrition Therapy as part of their prerequisites. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss requirements.

Students pursuing a pre-dietetics curriculum are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a bachelor’s degree concurrently with the pre-dietetic program. This requires a major/minor combination or a comprehensive major as well as completion of the UNK general studies requirements and other degree requirements set forth in the college catalog.

Required Courses:
Take all of the following:
BIOL 211Human Microbiology4
CHEM 160
160L
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 161
161L
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 351
351L
Biochemistry
and Biochemistry Lab
4
PE 108Introduction to Nutrition3
PE 355Food Preparation for Optimal Health3
PE 385Advanced Nutrition3
PSY 203General Psychology3
Take one of the following:4
General Biology
Biology II
Take one of the following:4
Human Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
Take one of the following options:5
Elementary Organic Chemistry
and Elementary Organic Chemistry Lab
Or
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Suggested Electives:
Statistics:
Elementary Statistics
Community Nutrition:
Special Topics in Exercise Nutrition
Motivational Interviewing:
Counseling Skills
Psych of Motivation
Medical Terminology:
Medical Terminology
Community Health:
Introduction to Health Promotions
Public Health Aspects of Physical Activity
Additional Requirements:
Students will need to submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) upon application to a master’s degree program in dietetics. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all science courses and a grade of B or higher in all nutrition courses in order to be competitive.
Total Credit Hours41