Family and Consumer Sciences - Dietetics (Bachelor of Science)

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at JSU is accredited by:

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606
Telephone: (800) 877-1600

Following graduation, each student must complete a supervised practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to qualify for the national examination to become a registered dietitian.

Students must be assessed into the Didactic Dietetics program the last semester of the sophomore year. For assessment into the upper division Didactic Dietetics program, students must successfully complete a career assessment exam and all courses listed for the freshman and sophomore years with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale and must maintain this average throughout the program. Students must also earn a minimum grade of  “B” on all science based courses. The assessment process for the Didactic Dietetics program is outlined on the FCS website.  

In addition to courses noted below, candidates for graduation must successfully complete all JSU Academic Regulations. More information about general education requirements can be found in the Summary of Degrees/Requirements section of the catalog.

Plan of Study Grid
EH Composition sequence 3
BY 101
BY 103
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Lab I
CY 115 Concepts of General Chemistry I 4
MS 112 Precalculus Algebra 3
FCS 122 Fundamentals of Food Preparation and Meal Management 3
SSC 101 First Year Experience 0
EH Composition sequence 3
EH 141 Speech 3
BY 263 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CY 116 Concepts of General Chemistry II 4
PSY 201
Principles of Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
Fine Arts 3
Literature 3
History 3
BY 264 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
FCS 200 Seminar in Family and Consumer Sciences 2
FCS 215
Introductory Nutrition
or Normal Nutrition
Literature 3
History 3
MS 204 Basic Statistics 3
EC 222 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
FCS 328 Career Paths in Nutrition and Dietetics 1
CS 201 Introduction to Information Technology 3
FCS 323 Experimental Foods 3
FCS 326 Food Safety and Sanitation 3
FCS 332 Social Cultural Aspects of Apparel 3
Select from the following: 1 3
Lifespan Human Development (WI)  
The Developing Child  
Child Growth and Development (WI)
and Child Growth and Development Laboratory (WI)
Contemporary Issues in Human Development  
FCS 327 Nutrition in the Life Cycle 3
FCS 337 Methods of Nutritional Assessment 3
FCS 338 Community Nutrition 3
FCS 355 Family Life Education (WI) 3
FCS 325 Quantity Food Production 3
FCS 371 Management of Family Resources 3
FCS 420 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
FCS 429 Advanced Nutritional Metabolism 3
General Elective 1
FCS 421 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3
FCS 422 Foodservice Management 3
FCS 448 Alternative Medicine and Dietary Supplements 3
FCS 458 Research and Statistical Methods in FCS 3
FCS 471 Family Housing and Interiors 3
 Total Hours120