Students majoring in Nutritional Sciences pursue one of three tracks: Nutritional Sciences, Didactic Program in Dietetics or Pre-Medical Profession. Each area follows a different curriculum including non-departmental courses, in order to best prepare students for their future goals. Students preparing to become registered dietitians follow the Didactic Program in Dietetics which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 120 South Riverside Plaza., Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. (800) 872-5327.
The Nutritional Sciences curriculum is generally more flexible than the Dietetic curriculum. Students in this option integrate the Nutritional Sciences core requirements with additional courses in the laboratory or behavioral sciences. A minor in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport and a minor in Food Science are described in the Minors section.
For detailed information, please refer to the Department of Nutritional Sciences website.
Students not admitted to the University as Nutritional Sciences majors may petition into this major. The following petition requirements must be met for consideration of a major change into the Nutritional Sciences major:
Nutritional Sciences majors must successfully pass the following courses:
- NUSC 1165, 2200, 4236 and either 4237W or 4296W;
- BIOL 1107;
- CHEM 1124Q and 1125Q or CHEM 1127Q and 1128Q; CHEM 2241, or 2443 and 2444;
- PNB 2264 and 2265, or BIOL 1108 and PNB 2250 or BIOL 1108 and PVS 2100;
- MCB 2000 or 3010.
In addition to the courses listed above, a minimum of six credits, numbered 2000 level or above, must be earned from courses in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Credits earned in field experiences and independent studies cannot be used to meet this six-credit requirement.
Students must successfully pass either NUSC 4237W or 4296W to fulfill their writing in the major requirement and the advanced information literacy requirement. There are no advanced requirements for computer technology.
Didactic Program in Dietetics
Nutritional Science students preparing to apply for a dietetics internship in preparation to become registered dietitians may enroll in the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Connecticut which is currently granted accreditation by:Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
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To declare a concentration in the Didactic Program in Dietetics within the Nutritional Sciences major, students must have a minimum of 60 credits, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have successfully completed the following courses:
- NUSC 1165 and 2200 with a “B” grade or higher;
- CHEM 1124Q and 1125Q or 1127Q and 1128Q; CHEM 2241 or 2443 and 2444; and
- BIOL 1107, with a “C” grade or higher.
To earn a verification statement, students must meet the above grade requirements; complete the core requirements for all Nutritional Sciences majors (including MCB 2000, PNB 2264 and 2265) and earn a Didactic Program in Dietetics GPA of at least 3.0 by successfully completing the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher:
- NUSC 1167, 3150, 3230, 3233, 3234, 3245, 3250, 3271, 3272, 4272;
- MCB 2610;
- AH 4242 or EPSY 3010; AH 4244;
- STAT 1000Q or 1100Q;
- SOCI 1001 or PSYC 1100.
4+1 Nutritional Sciences B.S./M.S. Programs
The department also offers accelerated 4 + 1 programs, allowing students in all three undergraduate tracks to complete a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in five years. Please see The Graduate Catalog for requirements for the M.S. degree.