Degree Requirements

The degree program in Dietetics is designed to provide quality dietetic education that enhances student development and provides an avenue toward the eligibility of students to become registered dietitians. The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Prairie View A&M University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6695; Telephone 800-877-1600 ext. 5400. Website http://www.eatright.org.

Verification Letter

Students must successfully complete the outlined program of study in Human Nutrition and Food to receive a BS degree in Dietetics. In addition, students must graduate with at least a 3.0 GPA in major and Support Area Requirements with a grade of “C” or better in each course. In instances where courses are substituted or completed as independent study in the department, the student is required to take and successfully complete an examination covering the relevant knowledge and competencies in those areas. If all of the above criteria are met, the program will issue a verification statement to the student. Verification Statements are issued within two weeks after graduation.  Verification statements will only be issued upon completion of the Registered Dietitian (RD) option.

Each student must receive a verification statement to be eligible to apply for entry into supervised practice.

  • Upon completion of the degree requirements in the Human Nutrition and Food Program in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Sciences at Prairie View A&M University, students will be issued a Verification Statement of eligibility which allows them to apply for a Dietetic Internship.
  • The date of the student’s graduation will be the date recorded on the Verification Statement.
  • Verification Statement will be issued within two (2) weeks after the degree is conferred.
  • A graduate of another academic institution who is seeking a verification statement will be requested to present official transcripts of all academic work previously completed.
  • The program director will evaluate the transcripts against the curriculum of the accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Prairie View A&M University.
  • Following the evaluation of transcripts, the student will be informed in writing of any deficiencies, and can begin working toward completing this course work in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Ecology at Prairie View A&M University.
  • After completion of the requirements of the Didactic Program curriculum a Verification Statement will be issued.
  • The date recorded on the Verification Statement will be the date the student completed the deficiencies in course work.

Degree Plan

Core Curriculum (42 hours)

Human Nutrition and Food Program Requirements Registered Dietitian (RD) Option
HUSC 1343 Ecology of Human Nutrition and Food 3
HUSC 1351 Human Science Perspectives 1
HUSC 3323 Program Planning II 3
HUNF 2633 Food Service Systems 3
HUNF 2653 Food Principles and Meal Management 3
HUNF 2663 Food Systems Management 3
HUNF 3613 Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle 3
HUNF 3623 Food Science and Technology 3
HUNF 3633 Advanced Nutrition 3
HUNF 3653 Nutrition and Disease 3
HUNF 4303 Human Nutrition and Food Practicum 3
HUNF 4413 Special Topics in Nutrition 3
HUNF 4603 Physiochemical Aspects of Food 3
HUNF 4613 Research in Nutrition 3
HUNF 4663 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
HUNF 4673 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3
HUNF 4693 Community Nutrition and Health 3
HDFM 2553 Human Development: Life Span 3

Support Area Requirements

BIOL 1054 Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 1073 General Microbiology 3
CHEM 2033 & CHEM 2032 General Organic Chemistry I and General Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 5
CHEM 4033 Biochemistry 3
CHEM 1011 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHEM 1021 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ECON 2113 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MATH 2003 Elementary Statistics 3
MGMT 1013 Introduction to Business 3
Total Hours 120

Freshman

Freshman
Fall Semester - 1 Hours Spring Semester - 2 Hours
ENGL 1123 3 BIOL 1054 4
HIST 1313 3 ENGL 1133 3
HUSC 1343 3 HIST 1323 3
HUSC 1351 1 COMP 1003 3
MATH 1113 3 CHEM 1043 & CHEM 1021 4
CHEM 1033 & CHEM 1011 4
Total 17 Total 17

Sophomore

Sophomore
Fall Semester - 1 Hours Spring Semester - 2 Hours
BIOL 1073 3 HUNF 2663 3
CHEM 2033 & CHEM 2032 5 ECON 2113 3
HUNF 2653 3 POSC 1123 3
POSC 1113 3 MGMT 1013 3
COMM 1003 3 PSYC 1113 or SOCG 1013 3
Total 17 Total 15

Junior

Junior
Fall Semester - 1 Hours Spring Semester - 2 Hours
HDFM 2553 3 HUNF 2633 3
HUNF 3613 3 HUNF 3633 3
MATH 2003 3 HUNF 3653 3
CHEM 4033 3 HUNF 3623 3
Visual and Performing Arts Elective 3 HUNF 4413 3
Total 15 Total 15

Senior

Senior
Fall Semester - 1 Hours Spring Semester - 2 Hours
HUNF 4603 3 HUNF 4673 3
HUNF 4663 3 HUNF 4613 3
HUNF 4303 3 HUNF 4693 3
HUNF 3323 3 Human Elective 3
Total 12 Total 12
Total Hours: 120

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