Food and Nutrition Major with Dietetics Option

The dietetics option at Montana State University-Bozeman is accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, extension 5400. An MSU graduate will attain a verification statement upon completion of the ACEND-accredited dietetics program curriculum with a minimum of a "C" or better in each required program course. A graduate is then eligible to apply for an ACEND-accredited supervised practice/dietetic internship. Students who apply and are accepted to a post-graduate dietetic internship are eligible to take the national registration exam for dietitians upon completion of the dietetic internship. Once the individual has passed the exam, the individual has earned the credential "RD" (registered dietitian) or "RDN" (registered dietitian nutritionist) and must complete continuing education credits to maintain RD/RDN status. The dietetics option has a strong foundation in food and nutrition, food service management, and clinical nutrition. Registered dietitians may find employment in health care facilities, industrial, school, and university food services, community nutrition services, private practice, sales for food service or health products, and other related fields.

Freshman YearCredits
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems4
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I4
CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II4
Choose one of the following:3
ANTY 101D - Anthropology and the Human Experience
or SOCI 101IS - Introduction to Sociology
Choose one of the following:3
COMX 111US - Introduction to Public Speaking
or US 101US - First Year Seminar
Choose one of the following:3-4
FCS 101IS - Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan
or PSYX 100IS - Intro to Psychology
M 121Q - College Algebra3
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3
University Core and Electives3
Year Total: 30
Sophomore YearCredits
Choose one of the following:3
ACTG 201 - Principles of Financial Acct
or BGEN 210 - Accounting & Finance Basics
BIOH 201 - Hum Anatomy & Physiology I5
Choose one of the following:3
BIOM 103IN - Unseen Universe: Microbes
or BIOM 250 - Microbiology for Health Sciences: Infectious Diseases
Choose one of the following:3
BMGT 205 - Prof Business Communication
WRIT 201 - College Writing II
WRIT 221 - Intermediate Tech Writing
Choose one of the following:3
BIOB 318 - Biometry
or STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics
CHMY 211 - Elements of Organic Chemistry5
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition3
NUTR 226 - Food Fundamentals3
NUTR 227 - Food Fundamentals Lab2
Year Total: 30
Junior YearCredits
BCH 380 - Biochemistry5
BIOH 211 - Hum Anatomy & Physiology II4
FCS 359 - Theories and Skills for the Human Services3
FCS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3
NUTR 321 - Nutrition in the Life Cycle3
NUTR 322 - Food Service System Management3
NUTR 351 - Nutrition and Society3
NUTR 395 - Pract: Quant Foods Prod & Mgmt3
NUTR 401 - Nutrition Assessment/Counsel3
Year Total: 30
Senior YearCredits
Choose one of the following:3
CHTH 317 - Health Behavior Theories
or CHTH 435 - Human Response To Stress
NUTR 421 - Macronutrient Metabolism3
NUTR 422 - Micronutrient Metabolism3
NUTR 425 - Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
NUTR 426 - Medical Nutrition Therapy II2
NUTR 494 - Seminar1
NUTR 499 - Capstone for Dietetics1
Choose one of the following:3
SFBS 445R - Culinary Marketing: Farm/Table
or SFBS 451R - Sustainable Food Systems
University Core and Electives11
Year Total: 30
Total Program Credits: 120

See the Food and Nutrition major website at for a suggested list of electives.