Aug 24, 2019  

Nutrition Science & Dietetics, Nutrition Science Concentration BS

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The  Nutrition Science Concentration is designed for students pursuing professional degrees in the fields of Nutrition, Dietetics, Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Research and other health related graduate degrees (ie Pre-Med, Pre-Dent). This BS also prepares students for dietetics registration eligibility.


Total Credits - 125

Major: Additional Requirements

Professional Development Portfolio

Students are expected to complete a professional development portfolio during the DP program outlining their goals and accomplishments, including 200 hours of professional dietetic experience (125 hours for students transferring into Andrews University in the junior or senior year). A verification form for completion of the DP program will not be issued until the professional development portfolio has been satisfactorily completed by the student.

Comprehensive Review Exam

Graduates are provided with a Didactic Program in Nutrition Science and Dietetics Verification Statement, testifying to the fact that they have successfully completed the requirements for a BS degree in Nutrition Science and Dietetics. Students must successfully pass a comprehensive review exam in their senior year before they are eligible to receive a DP verification form.

Registration Examination Eligibility

Andrews University offers two programs to prepare the student for the registration examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

The DPD program, which meets the academic requirements for registration eligibility.

The Dietetic Internship, a post-baccalaureate program, designed to meet the supervised practice requirements for registration eligibility.

Dietetic Internship

After completion of the BS course work for the Nutrition Science & Dietetics BS, students are elible to apply for the an eight month accredited Dietetic Internship that must be completed by a dietetic student for registration eligibility. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and DP (Didactic program in Nutrition Science and Dietetics) GPA of 3.2 is recommended for admission into the program.

This supervised practice provides experiences in three main areas of dietetics—community nutrition, clinical nutrition, and food-service management. The Internship Program is available at several hospitals affiliated with Andrews University. Successful completion of this intensive eight-month supervised practice permits a student to write the national registration exam in dietetics. Students who successfully complete the internship will be issued an Internship Program verification statement.

Upon passing the registry exam, graduates receive formal recognition as Registered Dietitians (RD). This status is maintained by participating in continuing professional education activities approved by AND. With advanced study or experience, the dietitian may qualify as a specialist in clinical dietetics, food service management, nutrition education, or research.

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Students must take all courses designated in the Professional Degree Requirements  of the Andrews Core Experience while noting the following specific requirements.

Admission Requirements

Nutrition Science & Dietetics Program (Step 1)
Prospective students enter the Nutrition Science & Dietetics program upon acceptance to Andrews University. Students must apply to the professional program* at the end of their sophomore year.  The Nutrition Science Emphasis is recommended for students wishing to pursue professional degrees in the fields of nutrition, medicine, dentistry, research and other health related graduate degrees.

Pre-requisite Courses:  two years of the following:

  • introductory professional (e.g. Food Science and Nutrition)
  • sciences (e.g. General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Foundations of Biology, and Physics)
  • social sciences (e.g. Sociology and Psychology)
  • math (MATH 191 Calculus I)
  • Andrews Core Experience (ACE)

These courses may be obtained at Andrews University or another accredited college or university, or equivalent institution for international students.

Professional Program in Nutrition Science & Dietetics (Step 2)

Applying to the Program*

To transition into the professional program, students need to apply to the director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition Science & Dietetics (DP) at the end of their sophomore year.  Students must apply to the program in order to register for FDNT 351 Food Service Management, a required course for the major.


The professional program includes two years of study including courses in:

  • medical nutrition therapy
  • food-service management
  • nutrition and metabolism
  • community nutrition

These courses are to be obtained on the Andrews University campus.

Application Deadline

For acceptance to the program applications need to be submitted, to the program director, by the last Friday in March, September, or November for the following semester.


  • Full acceptance into the BS Nutrition Science & Dietetics Program requires successful completion of all prerequisite courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in the sciences and FDNT courses.
  • Students who are not fully accepted into the program by their senior year will be unable to register for FDNT 441 Medical Nutrition Therapy which is required for the completion of the program.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation is dependent upon the completion of all curriculum requirements for the professional Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science and Dietetics degree with the maintenance of at least a minimal overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimal GPA of 2.5 in all dietetic and science courses. No grade below a C- is accepted for prerequisite and cognate courses (or below a C for dietetic courses). At least 125 semester hours are required for graduation.

NOTE: Students planning graduate study in nutrition or medical dietetics are recommended to take the following chemistry courses: CHEM 131, CHEM 132; CHEM 231, CHEM 232, CHEM 241, CHEM 242; BCHM 421, BCHM 422

Additional Information


The Didactic Program in Nutrition Science & Dietetics (DP) at Andrews University is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-5400.

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