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Dietetics and Nutrition

Guidelines for entry-level graduate program:

Registered dietitians and nutrition scientists are highly qualified professionals, widely recognized as the most reliable sources of nutrition information. Both need to have a strong background in chemistry, biology and other natural sciences. Those in applied areas also must have a fundamental knowledge of the social and behavioral sciences. There are various areas of practice of dietetic and nutrition science including:

  1. management – working in health care institutions, schools, restaurants; responsible for personnel management and menu planning
  2. health care – working in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities alongside health
  3. professional – working in government agencies, food and pharmaceutical companies; involved in nutrition research, the study of diet and disease and the development of new food products

Bachelor of Science Degree in nutrition or dietetics is a pre-professional degree for graduate level programs. The purpose of the degree is to prepare students to enter Master's or Ph.D. level programs. Although students may become registered Dietitians by combining either a bachelor's or master's degree in dietetics with an accredited dietetics internship, most careers in nutrition science require graduate level degrees.

Upon entering graduate programs in dietetics and nutrition, students are expected to have undergraduate training in chemistry, biology, and nutrition. This training is specifically provided by undergraduate degree programs in dietetics or nutrition. Binghamton University does not offer these degrees. However, if you are interested in pursuing a career in dietetics or nutrition science, it is important to note that some prerequisites can be met during the first year of graduate training at most professional schools. Thus, you may enter a graduate program without having an undergraduate degree in nutrition.

The web site for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides information on careers in dietetics and nutrition science, scientific journals and conferences, degree programs and accreditation. If you are interested in pursuing a career in dietetics or nutrition science, we recommend that you contact at least 10 graduate programs and (1) learn which course and/or degree prerequisites are necessary for admission, (2) inquire about other program requirements such as entrance examinations and (3) find out about financial aid and additional support services.

Because the requirements for dietetics and nutrition science are diverse, planning a tentative academic schedule for the remaining years at Binghamton will be extremely helpful in preparing for entry to graduate programs. Be sure to consider:

  1. deadlines for the GRE
  2. undergraduate degree or course requirements
  3. application deadlines

ALTHOUGH PREREQUISITES VARY GREATLY BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL GRADUATE PROGRAMS THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF COURSES THAT ARE REQUIRED FOR MOST OF THE PROGRAMS. YOU SHOULD STILL CONTACT THE INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS, HOWEVER, SINCE THIS LIST IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE.

Dietetics & Nutrition Graduate School Course Requirements
Subject
Course Rubric & Number
Biology (1 year) BIOL 117 & BIOL 118
Chemistry (1 year) CHEM 107 & CHEM 108 
OR
CHEM 111 & CHEM 341
You MUST choose one sequence. You may NOT switch between sequences. Also, CHEM 107 MUST be taken in the fall semester and CHEM 108 in the spring semester.
Human Anatomy & Physiology (1 Year)  BIOL 251 & either BIOL 252 or BIOL 347
Organic Chemistry (1 year) CHEM 231, CHEM 332 & CHEM 335 (lab)
Cell Biology (1 semester) BIOL 311
Microbiology (1 semester) BIOL 314 (lecture) & BIOL 326 (lab) - Offered in Fall
or
BIOL 319 (lecture) & BIOL 329 (lab) - Offered in Spring
Nutrition (1 semester) HWS 332
Statistics (1 semester) MATH 147 or MATH 148 or PSYC 243
Additional requirements/recommendations may include:
Subject
 Course Rubric and Number
 Physics (1 semester) PHYS 121 or PHYS 131 
Calculus (1 semester) MATH 224&225 (formerly MATH 221)
Genetics (1 semester)  BIOL 401
English (1 semester)  Any two courses in the following departments: English (ENG), Rhetoric (RHET), Writing (WRIT), Creative Writing (CW) or Comparative Literature (COLI).

For more information about dietetics and nutrition science programs contact:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(800) 877-1600

 

Last Updated: 7/6/17