Food and Nutrition Major

The Department of Health and Human Development offers a major in the study of food and nutrition. Students who choose the nutrition science option generally intend to pursue a health profession or research-related career such as medicine, dentistry, industry, academia, etc.

The dietetics option is designed for students wishing to become a registered dietitian. A post-baccalaureate non-degree graduate- or graduate degree-level dietetic internship is required in order to be eligible to take the exam for dietetic registration.  Montana State University currently offers a non-degree graduate dietetic internship.  Admission to the internship is on a competitive basis. Information about degree requirements can be obtained from the Health and Human Development advising office located in the Hosaeus Recreation and Fitness Center. 

The nutrition science option is designed to prepare a student for admission to medical (allopathic or osteopathic), dental, or graduate school with an emphasis on nutrition and biochemistry.

Standards of Work

Students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in all required courses as outlined in the major.

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
FallSpring
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: Lifespan
PSYX 100IS - Intro to Psychology
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: 15-16 14
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
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  
Elective1  
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
FallSpring
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  3
HDFS 371 - Research Methods in HHD  3
NUTR 401 - Nutrition Assessment/Counsel  3
Year Total: 15 14
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
CHTH 317 - Health Behavior Theories3  
NUTR 322 - Food Service System Management3  
NUTR 421 - Macronutrient Metabolism3  
NUTR 425 - Medical Nutrition Therapy I3  
NUTR 494 - Seminar1  
Electives2  
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: 120-121

Nutrition Science Option

The nutrition science option is designed to prepare a student for admission to medical (allopathic or osteopathic), dental, or graduate school with an emphasis on nutrition and biochemistry. A student can earn a verification statement if all dietetic course requirements are met for the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics. Although the nutrition science option provides a strong background for most professional schools, students must contact individual schools for specific post-baccalaureate entrance requirements.

Freshman YearCredits
FallSpring
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I4  
Choose one of the following:3  
COMX 111US - Introduction to Public Speaking
or Any US Core
PSYX 100IS - Intro to Psychology4  
M 161Q - Survey of Calculus4  
CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II  4
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition  3
STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics  3
WRIT 101W - College Writing I  3
University Core  3
Year Total: 15 16
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
BIOB 260 - Cellular and Molecular Biology4  
CHMY 321 - Organic Chemistry I4  
PHSX 205 - College Physics I4  
WRIT 201 - College Writing II3  
BIOH 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  5
CHMY 323 - Organic Chemistry II  4
PHSX 207 - College Physics II  4
University Core  3
Year Total: 15 16
Junior YearCredits
FallSpring
BIOH 211 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II4  
HDFS 359 - Theories and Skills for the Human Services,Theor Skills for Human Service3  
NUTR 321 - Nutrition in the Life Cycle3  
NUTR 351 - Nutrition and Society3  
University Core3  
BCH 380 - Biochemistry  5
Choose one of the following:  3
BIOH 320 - Biomedical Genetics
or BIOB 375 - General Genetics
HDFS 371 - Research Methods in HHD  3
NUTR 401 - Nutrition Assessment/Counsel  3
Year Total: 16 14
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
BIOH 313 - Neurophysiology3  
BIOM 360 - General Microbiology5  
NUTR 421 - Macronutrient Metabolism3  
NUTR 425 - Medical Nutrition Therapy I3  
BIOH 323 - Human Developmental Biology  4
NUTR 422 - Micronutrient Metabolism  3
Choose one of the following:  3
PSYX 340 - Abnormal Psychology
or PSYX 380 - Memory & Cognition
Elective  1
University Core   3
Year Total: 14 14
Total Program Credits: 120