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Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, B.S.

For more information about this program, contact the Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics Department, Buckham Hall 238, (716) 878-5913,

SUNY Buffalo State's Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (213) 899-0040 ext 5400.

The program provides students with the academic requirements established by ACEND for entry-level dietitians. Graduates of the program receive a verification statement signed by the DPND program director. Graduates are then eligible to apply for a ACEND-accredited supervised practice program via dietetic internships or pre-professional practice programs that are available throughout the country. After completing the supervised practice requirements, individuals may take the registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Passing the registration examination earns the credentials of registered dietitian (RD). Career opportunities are available to dietitians in health facilities, food service organizations, government agencies, and consulting work. Some individuals use this program to prepare for graduate study in nutrition-related areas.

Students are admitted as freshmen or transfers. Transfer students, undeclared students, or students changing majors or desiring a major in this program must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in previous college credit. Undeclared students or those changing majors to dietetics must fill out a Change of Major form.

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Nutrition and Food Science 51 cr
NFS 100 Introduction to Food Preparation
NFS 102 Introduction to Nutrition
NFS 111 Applied Principles of Management in Dietetics/Food Service
NFS 200 Applied Food Chemistry
NFS 211 Food Systems Management in Health Care
NFS 230 Introduction to Dietetics Profession (1)
NFS 300 Food Processing I (2)
NFS 302 Advanced Nutrition
NFS 310 Personnel Management in Dietetics/Food Services
NFS 315 Life Cycle/Community I
NFS 316 Life Cycle/Community II (2)
NFS 330 Seminar: Complementary and Alternative Nutrition (1)
NFS 401 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
NFS 402 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NFS 403 Medical Nutrition Therapy III
NFS 405 Principles of Nutrition Education (2)
NFS 419 Introduction to Clinical Practice (2)
NFS 430 Introduction to Nutrition Research (2)
NFS 420 Dietetics Field Experience (2)
NFS 495 Senior Project (2)

Total Required Credit Hours Outside the Department* 39 cr
BIO 100 Principles of Biology
BIO 210 Bacteriology
BIO 308 Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 309 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab (1)
CHE 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (4)
CHE 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II (4)
CHE 321 Principles of Organic Chemistry (4)
CHE 322 Biological Chemistry (4)
CIS 101 Computer Fundamentals
MAT 311 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (or equivalent)
LIB 100 Introduction to Library Research Methods (1)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

*Some of these courses meet the Intellectual Foundations requirements.

All College Electives 0 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 123-129 cr

Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics

Dietetics and Nutrition: Buckham Hall 238
Phone: (716) 878-5913 •  Fax: (716) 878-5834

Health, Wellness, Exercise Science: Houston Gym 202
Phone: (716) 878-6501  •  Fax: (716) 878-4753
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