DIETETICS AND NUTRITION :

Guidelines for entry-level graduate program

Registered dietitians and nutrition scientists are highly qualified professionals, widely recognized as the most reliable sources of nutrition information. Both need to have a strong background in chemistry, biology and other natural sciences. Those in applied areas also must have a fundamental knowledge of the social and behavioral sciences. There are various areas of practice of dietetic and nutrition science including: (1) management – working in health care institutions, schools, restaurants; responsible for personnel management and menu planning, (2) health care – working in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities alongside health, (3) professional – working in government agencies, food and pharmaceutical companies; involved in nutrition research, the study of diet and disease and the development of new food products.

Bachelor of Science Degree in nutrition or dietetics is a pre-professional degree for graduate level programs. The purpose of the degree is to prepare students to enter Master's or Ph.D. level programs. Although students may become registered Dieticians by combining either a bachelor's or master's degree in dietetics with an accredited dietetics internship, most careers in nutrition science require graduate level degrees.
Upon entering graduate programs in dietetics and nutrition, students are expected to have undergraduate training in chemistry, biology, and nutrition. This training is specifically provided by undergraduate degree programs in dietetics or nutrition. Binghamton University does not offer these degrees. However, if you are interested in pursuing a career in dietetics or nutrition science, it is important to note that some prerequisites can be met during the first year of graduate training at most professional schools. Thus, you may enter a graduate program without having an undergraduate degree in nutrition.
The web site for the American Dietetic Association provides information on careers in dietetics and nutrition science, scientific journals and conferences, degree programs and accreditation http://www.eatright.org (This URL is current as of 5/7/2012; as with most sites, it is subject to change at any time). If you are interested in pursuing a career in dietetics or nutrition science, we recommend that you contact at least 10 graduate programs and (1) learn which course and/or degree prerequisites are necessary for admission, (2) inquire about other program requirements such as entrance examinations and (3) find out about financial aid and additional support services.
Because the requirements for dietetics and nutrition science are diverse, planning a tentative academic schedule for the remaining years at Binghamton will be extremely helpful in preparing for entry to graduate programs. Be sure to consider: (1) deadlines for the GRE;(2) undergraduate degree or course requirements; (3) application deadlines.
ALTHOUGH PREREQUISITES VARY GREATLY BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL GRADUATE PROGRAMS THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF COURSES THAT ARE REQUIRED FOR MOST OF THE PROGRAMS. YOU SHOULD STILL CONTACT THE INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS, HOWEVER, SINCE THIS LIST IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE.
Dietetics & Nutrition Graduate School Course Requirements
Subject
Course Rubric and Number
Biology (1 year) BIOL 117 & BIOL 118
Inorganic Chemistry (1 year) CHEM 107 & 108 OR
CHEM 111 & CHEM 341 

You MUST choose one sequence. You may NOT switch between sequences. Also, CHEM 107 MUST be taken in the fall semester and CHEM 108 in the spring semester.
Human Anatomy & Physiology (1 Year)  (1 semester) BIOL 251 & either BIOL 252 or BIOL 347
Organic Chemistry (1 year) CHEM 231, CHEM 332 & CHEM 335 (lab)
Cell Biology (1 semester) BIOL 311
Microbiology (1 semester) BIOL 314 & BIOL 326 (lab)
Nutrition (1 semester) HWS 332
Statistics (1 year) MATH 147 or MATH 148 or PSYC 243 or ECON 366
Additional requirements/recommendations may include:
Subject
Course Rubric and Number
Physics (1 semester) PHYS 121 or PHYS 131
Calculus (1 semester) MATH 221
Genetics (1 semester) BIOL 330
English (1 semester) Any two courses in the following departments: English (ENG), Rhetoric (RHET), Writing (WRIT), Creative Writing (CW) or Comparative Literature (COLI). 

For more information about dietetics and nutrition science programs contact:

American Dietetic Association
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(800) 877-1600

Last updated: 5/7/12 by ML & CL 

Last Updated: 12/8/14