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
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:
- A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.000. Cumulative GPA will be based on UW–Madison courses only.
- Students must have completed one semester at UW–Madison before applying.
- A minimum mean GPA of 3.000 in the following required1 prerequisite courses:
Course List Code Title Credits 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 Needs 3 PHYSIOL 335 Physiology 5 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
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|| |
* 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 Seminar||1|
|Physical Science Fundamentals||4-5|
|General Chemistry I|
or CHEM 108
|Chemistry in Our World|
or CHEM 109
|Advanced General Chemistry|
|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")|
|Mathematics and Statistics|
|Select one of the following (or may be satisfied by placement exam):||3-5|
|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|
|Select one of the following:||5-9|
| General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry II
|Advanced General Chemistry|
|CHEM 341||Elementary Organic Chemistry||3|
|or CHEM 343||Introductory Organic Chemistry|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Human Biochemistry|
|Introduction to Biochemistry|
|Select one of the following:||5|
| Animal Biology|
and Animal Biology Laboratory
|Select one of the following: 2||5|
| General Microbiology|
and General Microbiology Laboratory
| Biology of Microorganisms|
and Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory
|PSYCH 202||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|GEN BUS 300||Professional Communication||3-4|
|GEN BUS 310||Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance for Non-Business Majors||3|
|GEN BUS 311||Fundamentals of Management and Marketing for Non-Business Majors||3|
|Select one of the following:||2-3|
|Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Education|
|Program Planning in Family and Consumer Education|
|How People Learn|
|FOOD SCI 301||Introduction to the Science and Technology of Food||3|
|FOOD SCI 437||Food Service Operations||3|
|FOOD SCI 438||Food Service Operations Lab||1|
|NUTR SCI 200||The Professions of Dietetics and Nutrition||1|
|NUTR SCI 332||Human Nutritional Needs||3|
|NUTR SCI 431||Nutrition in the Life Span||3|
|BIOCHEM/NUTR SCI 510||Biochemical Principles of Human and Animal Nutrition||3|
|NUTR SCI 631||Clinical Nutrition||4|
|NUTR SCI 500||Undergraduate Capstone Seminar Laboratory||1|
|NUTR SCI 520||Applications in Clinical Nutrition||3|
Recommended Dietetics Electives
|ACCT I S 300||Accounting Principles||3|
|ANATOMY/KINES 328||Human Anatomy||3|
|COM ARTS 368||Theory and Practice of Persuasion||3|
|COUN PSY 650||Theory and Practice in Interviewing||3|
|C&E SOC/SOC 222||Food, Culture, and Society||3|
|FOOD SCI/AN SCI 321||Food Laws and Regulations||1|
|FOOD SCI/MICROBIO 324||Food Microbiology Laboratory||2|
|FOOD SCI/MICROBIO 325||Food Microbiology||3|
|FOOD SCI 410||Food Chemistry||3|
|FOOD SCI 412||Food Analysis||4|
|GEN&WS 103||Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease||3|
|KINES 314||Physiology of Exercise||4|
|MARKETNG 300||Marketing Management||3|
|MED HIST/ENVIR ST 213||Global Environmental Health: An Interdisciplinary Introduction||3|
|NURSING/S&A PHM/SOC WORK/THER SCI 105||Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Approach||2|
|NURSING/PEDIAT/PHM PRAC/SOC WORK 746||Interdisciplinary Care of Children with Special Health Care Needs||3|
|NUTR SCI/AGRONOMY/ENTOM 203||Introduction to Global Health||3|
|NUTR SCI/A A E/AGRONOMY/INTER-AG 350||World Hunger and Malnutrition||3|
|NUTR SCI/KINES 525||Nutrition in Physical Activity and Health||3|
|NUTR SCI 540||Community Nutrition Programs and Policy Issues||1|
|NUTR SCI/POP HLTH 621||Introduction to Nutritional Epidemiology||1|
|NUTR SCI 635||Advanced Clinical Nutrition||1|
|NUTR SCI/PHM PRAC 672||Herbals, Homeopathy, and Dietary Supplements||2-3|
|PATH 404||Pathophysiologic Principles of Human Diseases||3|
|PHM SCI 401||Survey of Pharmacology||3|
|POP HLTH 370||Introduction to Public Health: Local to Global Perspectives||3|
|SOC 531||Sociology of Medicine||3|
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.|
- 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.
- Obtains and can articulate foundational knowledge in areas relevant to the field of nutrition and dietetics.
- Communicates complex ideas in a clear and understandable manner through both written and oral presentations.
- Demonstrates quantitative literacy in math and statistics relevant to nutritional sciences and dietetics.
- Demonstrates the ability to think critically and creatively, to synthesize, analyze, and integrate ideas for decision making and problem solving.
- Develops the skills for life-long learning and is capable of locating, interpreting, and critically evaluating professional literature and current research.
- 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.
- Develops a respect for truth, a tolerance for diverse views, and a strong sense of personal and professional ethics.
Sample Nutritional Sciences Four-Year Plan—Dietetics Degree
|CHEM 1031*||4||CHEM 104*||5|
|COMM A or COMM B*||3||PSYCH 202*||3|
|MATH 112 or 114||3-5||ZOOLOGY/BIOLOGY 101 (Ethnic Studies, or International Studies)*||3|
|ZOOLOGY/BIOLOGY 101 (Ethnic Studies, or International Studies)*||3||ZOOLOGY/BIOLOGY 102*||2|
|Elective||2||First Year Seminar||1|
|Total Credits 29-31|
|NUTR SCI 2002||1||NUTR SCI 332*||3|
|MICROBIO 101 or 303||3||PHYSIOL 335*||5|
|MICROBIO 102 or 304||2||Statistics*||3-4|
|CHEM 3412||3||GEN BUS 300||3|
|Total Credits 29-30|
|FOOD SCI 301*||3||NUTR SCI 4313||3|
|GEN BUS 3105||3||NUTR SCI/BIOCHEM 510||3|
|BIOCHEM 501 or BMOLCHEM 3145||3||Education Techniques4||3|
|Electives||6-7||GEN BUS 311||3|
|Total Credits 30-32|
|NUTR SCI 6312||4||NUTR SCI 520||3|
|FOOD SCI 4372||3||Electives||12-13|
|FOOD SCI 4382||1|
|NUTR SCI 500||1|
|Total Credits 30-32|
MATH 112 Algebra is a prerequisite
Offered only first semester
Offered only second semester
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.