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
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 Any US Core
Choose one of the following:3-4  
HDFS 101IS - Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan3  
M 121Q - College Algebra3  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3  
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I  4
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition  3
Elective  1
University Core  6
Year Total: 18-19 14
Sophomore YearCredits
Choose one of the following:3  
ACTG 201 - Principles of Financial Acct
or BGEN 210 - Accounting & Finance Basics
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems4  
CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II4  
STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics3  
BIOH 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  5
Choose one of the following:  3
BMGT 205 - Prof Business Communication
or WRIT 201 - College Writing II
or WRIT 221 - Intermediate Tech Writing
Choose one of the follwoing:  3
BIOM 103IN - Unseen Universe: Microbes
or BIOM 250 - Microbiology for Health Sciences: Infectious Diseases
NUTR 226 - Food Fundamentals  3
NUTR 227 - Food Fundamentals Lab  2
Year Total: 15 16
Junior YearCredits
BIOH 211 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II4  
CHMY 211 - Elements of Organic Chemistry5  
NUTR 321 - Nutrition in the Life Cycle3  
NUTR 351 - Nutrition and Society3  
BCH 380 - Biochemistry  5
HDFS 359 - Theories and Skills for the Human Services,Theor Skills for Human Service  3
HDFS 371 - Research Methods in HHD  3
NUTR 401 - Nutrition Assessment/Counsel  3
Year Total: 15 14
Senior YearCredits
CHTH 317 - Health Behavior Theories3  
NUTR 322 - Food Service System Management3  
NUTR 421 - Macronutrient Metabolism3  
NUTR 425 - Medical Nutrition Therapy I3  
NUTR 494 - Seminar1  
NUTR 395 - Pract: Quant Foods Prod & Mgmt  3
NUTR 422 - Micronutrient Metabolism  3
NUTR 426 - Medical Nutrition Therapy II  3
NUTR 499 - Capstone for Dietetics  1
Choose one of the following:  3
SFBS 451R - Sustainable Food Systems
or SFBS 445R - Culinary Marketing: Farm/Table
University Core  3
Year Total: 15 16
Total Program Credits: 123-124

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