Nutrition and Dietetics

This major prepares undergraduates for careers in nutrition-related fields. Two options, dietetics and nutrition, are available.

The major requires 22 credits in sciences (four in general chemistry, four in organic chemistry, three in biochemistry, seven in biology, and four in microbiology), 4 credits in applied general nutrition (NFS 210), 4 credits in introductory professional courses (NFS 110 and 212 or 276); and 32-40 credits in the concentration including the following courses: NFS 336, 394, 395, 410, 440, 441, and 458 [capstone]. WRT 104, COM 100, and STA 220 are required and may be used to fulfill general education requirements. There are 6-12 credits of supporting electives and 8-10 credits of free electives. A total of 120 credits is required for graduation.

Students will be admitted to the nutrition and dietetics degree program after completing a minimum of 30 credits, including CHM 103/105, 124/126; BIO 121; NFS 210, 212 or 276, 375 or 394; WRT 104; COM 100; and STA 220. Students must have earned a 2.50 average in these classes with no less than a C in any one class to be admitted to the nutrition option, or a 3.00 average in these classes with no less than a C in any one class to be admitted to the dietetics option. Students may repeat NFS courses once. Because of national accreditation requirements, students must complete a separate application form for admission to the dietetics option. All students meeting the admission requirements for the dietetics option will be accepted.

Dietetics Option. This option is required of all students planning to become registered dietitians. URI’s dietetics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 312.899.0040, ext. 5400. Please see our Web site (cels.uri.edu/nfs) for complete program information. In addition to the core courses specified for the major, the following courses are required: NFS 337, 375, 376, 443, 444, 495, and BUS 341. SOC 100 and PSY 113 are also required and may be used to fulfill general education requirements. Students must maintain a 3.00 average in all required courses (NFS courses, science courses, and the remaining degree courses), with no less than a C in any one class, in order to graduate. Students are encouraged to use supporting elective and free elective courses to study disciplines related to the field.

After completing their B.S. requirements, students can qualify for the professional title of Registered Dietitian by completing supervised practice requirements and passing a national exam. The supervised practice requirement is met by completing an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program available to students on a competitive basis nationwide. Admission to internship programs is highly competitive; students are encouraged to review the latest admission information on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website (eatright.org). Internships may be combined with graduate programs in universities leading to an advanced degree. Students who complete the academic and supervised practice requirements are eligible to take the national registration examination.

Nutrition Option. This option is for students who want to study nutrition but do not plan to become registered dietitians. There are three tracks available which provide focused training in specific areas of nutrition:

Nutrition Science—designed for students who want to study the science of nutrition and use this background for advanced study in the field or admission to professional health programs. In addition to the core, students will complete NFS 337, 459, 495, and one additional NFS course based on their area of interest.

Health Promotion—designed for students who want to work with the public in preventative health education programs. In addition to the core, students will complete NFS 360, 443, 444, and 495.

Foods-designed for students who want to work in food service management, food safety, or food sustainability. In addition to the core, students will complete NFS 337, 375, 376 and 495.

Students must maintain a 2.50 average in all required courses (NFS courses, science courses, and the remaining degree courses) in order to graduate. Students are encouraged to use supporting elective and free elective courses to study disciplines related to the field.