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The popular Didactic Program in Dietetics combines clinical and managerial courses with the nutrition core to prepare students to become registered dietitians (RD). Registered dietitians work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, colleges, wellness programs and nursing homes as well as in public health agencies, the food industry, and research labs. Students fulfilling the requirements of the didactic program in dietetics are qualified to apply for a postgraduate dietetic internship. Upon completing the dietetic internship, a graduate is eligible to take the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics registration examination leading to certification as a registered dietitian. The didactic program is currently granted accreditation status by the:

Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE)
of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
312-899-4876

Students who complete the nutritional sciences major in the dietetics degree program receive the Bachelor of Science–Dietetics degree.

Admission to Dietetics Degree Program

Students will have PDI classification until admission to the dietetics degree program (ADI classification). Departmental approval required.

To be admitted to the B.S. dietetics program, the following requirements must be met effective fall 2015:

  1. A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.000. Cumulative GPA will be based on UW–Madison courses only.
  2. Students must have completed one semester at UW–Madison before applying.
  3. A minimum mean GPA of 3.000 in the following required1 prerequisite courses:
    Select one of the following:5-9
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry II
    Advanced General Chemistry
    Select one of the following:5
    Animal Biology
    and Animal Biology Laboratory
    Introductory Biology
    NUTR SCI 332 Human Nutritional Needs3
    PHYSIOL 335 Physiology5
    Select one of the following:3-4
    Introduction to Psychology
    General Microbiology
    Basic Statistics for Psychology
    Statistics for Sociologists I
    Introduction to Statistical Methods
    Introductory Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
    Professional Communication
1

Any transfer course from another university that will be used to meet the above required courses cannot be included in the GPA calculation. If the same course is taken more than once, only the grade from the last time the course was taken will be used in the GPA calculation.

Note: Admission to the DPD program is competitive, as enrollment is limited by accreditation standards; students meeting the minimum criteria are not guaranteed admission.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Requirements

In addition to the University General Education Requirements, all undergraduate students in CALS must satisfy a set of college and major requirements. Specific requirements for all majors in the college and other information on academic matters can be obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, 116 Agricultural Hall, 1450 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-3003. Academic departments and advisors also have information on requirements. Courses may not double count within university requirements (General Education and Breadth) or within college requirements (First-Year Seminar, International Studies and Science), but courses counted toward university requirements may also be used to satisfy a college and/or a major requirement; similarly, courses counted toward college requirements may also be used to satisfy a university and/or a major requirement.

College Requirements for all CALS B.S. Degree Programs

Quality of Work: Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 to remain in good standing and be eligible for graduation.
Residency: Students must complete 30 degree credits in residence at UW–Madison after earning 86 credits toward their undergraduate degree.
First Year Seminar1
International Studies3
Physical Science Fundamentals4-5
General Chemistry I
Chemistry in Our World
Advanced General Chemistry
Biological Science5
Additional Science (Biological, Physical, or Natural)3
Science Breadth (Biological, Physical, Natural, or Social)3
CALS Capstone Learning Experience: included in the requirements for each CALS major (see "Major Requirements")

Major Requirements

Mathematics and Statistics
Select one of the following (or may be satisfied by placement exam):3-5
Algebra
Algebra and Trigonometry 1
Select one of the following:3-4
Basic Statistics for Psychology
Statistics for Sociologists I
Introduction to Statistical Methods
Introductory Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
Chemistry
Select one of the following:5-9
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Advanced General Chemistry
CHEM 341 Elementary Organic Chemistry3
or CHEM 343 Introductory Organic Chemistry
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Human Biochemistry
Human Biochemistry
Introduction to Biochemistry
Biology
Select one of the following:5
Animal Biology
and Animal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Select one of the following: 25
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Biology of Microorganisms
and Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
Foundation
PHYSIOL 335 Physiology5
PSYCH 202 Introduction to Psychology3
GEN BUS 300 Professional Communication3-4
GEN BUS 310 Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance for Non-Business Majors3
GEN BUS 311 Fundamentals of Management and Marketing for Non-Business Majors3
Select one of the following:2-3
Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Education
Program Planning in Family and Consumer Education
How People Learn
Core
FOOD SCI 301 Introduction to the Science and Technology of Food3
FOOD SCI 437 Food Service Operations3
FOOD SCI 438 Food Service Operations Lab1
NUTR SCI 200 The Professions of Dietetics and Nutrition1
NUTR SCI 332 Human Nutritional Needs3
NUTR SCI 431 Nutrition in the Life Span3
BIOCHEM/NUTR SCI 510 Biochemical Principles of Human and Animal Nutrition3
NUTR SCI 631 Clinical Nutrition4
Capstone
NUTR SCI 500 Undergraduate Capstone Seminar Laboratory1
NUTR SCI 520 Applications in Clinical Nutrition3
Total Credits71-80
1

Note that placement into MATH 114 does not guarantee that credit has been earned for MATH 112.

2

Consult advisor about combining MICROBIO 303 with MICROBIO 102.

Recommended Dietetics Electives

ACCT I S 300 Accounting Principles3
ANATOMY/​KINES  328 Human Anatomy3
COM ARTS 368 Theory and Practice of Persuasion3
COUN PSY 650 Theory and Practice in Interviewing3
C&E SOC/​SOC  222 Food, Culture, and Society3
FOOD SCI/​AN SCI  321 Food Laws and Regulations1
FOOD SCI/​MICROBIO  324 Food Microbiology Laboratory2
FOOD SCI/​MICROBIO  325 Food Microbiology3
FOOD SCI 410 Food Chemistry3
FOOD SCI 412 Food Analysis4
GEN&WS 103 Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease3
KINES 314 Physiology of Exercise4
MARKETNG 300 Marketing Management3
MED HIST/​ENVIR ST  213 Global Environmental Health: An Interdisciplinary Introduction3
NURSING/​S&A PHM/​SOC WORK/​THER SCI  105 Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Approach2
NURSING/​PEDIAT/​PHM PRAC/​SOC WORK  746 Interdisciplinary Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs3
NUTR SCI/​AGRONOMY/​ENTOM  203 Introduction to Global Health3
NUTR SCI/​A A E/​AGRONOMY/​INTER-AG  350 World Hunger and Malnutrition3
NUTR SCI/​KINES  525 Nutrition in Physical Activity and Health3
NUTR SCI 540 Community Nutrition Programs and Policy Issues1
NUTR SCI/​POP HLTH  621 Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology1
NUTR SCI 635 Advanced Clinical Nutrition1
NUTR SCI/​PHM PRAC  672 Herbals, Homeopathy, and Dietary Supplements2-3
PATH 404 Pathophysiologic Principles of Human Diseases3
PHM SCI 401 Survey of Pharmacology3
POP HLTH 370 Introduction to Public Health: Local to Global Perspectives3
SOC 531 Sociology of Medicine3

Honors in the Major

To earn Honors in the Major, students are required to take at least 20 honors credits. In addition, students must take NUTR SCI 681 Senior Honors Thesis and NUTR SCI 682 Senior Honors Thesis when completing their thesis project; please see the Honors in Major Checklist for more information.

University Degree Requirements 

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. Obtains and can articulate specialized knowledge in the field of nutritional sciences and dietetics along with an education broad enough to meet the challenges of future careers and opportunities.
  2. Obtains and can articulate foundational knowledge in areas relevant to the field of nutrition and dietetics.
  3. Communicates complex ideas in a clear and understandable manner through both written and oral presentations.
  4. Demonstrates quantitative literacy in math and statistics relevant to nutritional sciences and dietetics.
  5. Demonstrates the ability to think critically and creatively, to synthesize, analyze, and integrate ideas for decision making and problem solving.
  6. Develops the skills for life-­long learning and is capable of locating, interpreting, and critically evaluating professional literature and current research.
  7. Develops a global perspective and an appreciation for the interdependencies among individuals and their workplaces, communities, environments, and world; and an understanding of the interrelationships between science and society.
  8. Develops a respect for truth, a tolerance for diverse views, and a strong sense of personal and professional ethics.

Four-year plan

Sample Nutritional Sciences Four-Year Plan—Dietetics Degree

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 1031*4CHEM 104*5
COMM A or COMM B*3PSYCH 202*3
MATH 112 or 1143-5ZOOLOGY/​BIOLOGY  101 (Ethnic Studies, or International Studies)*3
ZOOLOGY/​BIOLOGY  101 (Ethnic Studies, or International Studies)*3ZOOLOGY/​BIOLOGY  102*2
Elective2First Year Seminar1
 15-17 14
Total Credits 29-31
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
NUTR SCI 20021NUTR SCI 332*3
MICROBIO 101 or 3033PHYSIOL 335*5
MICROBIO 102 or 3042Statistics*3-4
CHEM 34123GEN BUS 3003
Electives*3 
COMM B*3 
 15 14-15
Total Credits 29-30
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FOOD SCI 301*3NUTR SCI 43133
GEN BUS 31053NUTR SCI/​BIOCHEM  5103
BIOCHEM 501 or BMOLCHEM 31453Education Techniques43
Electives6-7GEN BUS 3113
 Electives3-4
 15-16 15-16
Total Credits 30-32
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
NUTR SCI 63124NUTR SCI 5203
FOOD SCI 43723Electives12-13
FOOD SCI 43821 
NUTR SCI 5001 
Electives6-7 
 15-16 15-16
Total Credits 30-32
1

MATH 112 Algebra is a prerequisite

2

Offered only first semester

3

Offered only second semester

4

ED PSYCH 301, CSCS/​CURRIC  427, or CSCS/​CURRIC  428(one course required)

5

BMOLCHEM 314 conflicts with GEN BUS 310; could take GEN BUS 310 in year 4

  • See Requirements tab for recommended supporting courses
  • Students interested in pursuing the dietetics program must first complete specific prerequisite courses (denoted by * above) and must achieve the necessary grade point average criteria.  Consult http://www.nutrisci.wisc.edu for specific information on admission requirements and application procedure.

Prospective and declared students should contact the student services coordinator with questions.

Registered dietitians work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, colleges, wellness programs and nursing homes as well as in public health agencies, the food industry, and research labs. Students fulfilling the requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics are qualified to apply for a postgraduate dietetic internship. Upon completing the dietetic internship, a graduate is eligible to take the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics registration examination leading to certification as a registered dietitian.

Professors

Eide (chair), Eisenstein, Groblewski, Lai, Ney, Ntambi, Smith, Sunde, Tanumihardjo

Associate Professor

Olson

Assistant Professors

Parks, Yen

Distinguished Faculty Associate

Karls

Faculty Associate

Thurlow

Assistant Faculty Associate

Schuchardt

Senior Lecturer

Anderson