Food and nutrition students typically have an aptitude for science, a concern for people, the ability to plan and direct programs and a strong interest in food, nutrition and health.

Office: 403 Russell Hall

The curriculum of the food and nutrition major is designed to prepare students for careers in health care facilities, community-health-nutrition programs, food-service management and business. The major offers two routes to registration as a dietitian: a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) and a coordinated program in dietetics (CPD), both of which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The DPD prepares students to apply for dietetic internships in order to be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians. Students who complete the CPD are eligible to take the registration examination after graduation. A third option, the nutrition sciences concentration, is designed for students who plan to attend medical school or other advanced health professions program.

Students who have completed 90 hours of undergraduate work with a 3.5 GPA overall are eligible to apply to the Accelerated Master's Program (AMP.)  If accepted, then up to 15 graduate credit hours of the 30 hour Master's program could be taken as cross-listed courses or would substitute for required undergraduate coursework while finishing the undergraduate degree.  Any coursework taken in this manner would apply towards both the undergraduate degree and a master's degree at The University of Alabama.

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will change the entry-level registration eligibility education requirements for dietitians, beginning in 2024, from a baccalaureate degree to a minimum of a graduate degree. All other entry-level dietitian registration eligibility requirements remain the same.

All students in the coordinated or didactic program in dietetics follow the same plan of study for the first 66 or 68 hours. In the fall semester of the junior year, students either apply to the coordinated program or the didactic program track. Regardless of the option chosen, all students complete the required courses listed below:

More InformationHours
Required Courses
BER 345Educational Statistics3
BSC 215Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
BSC 216Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
BSC 242Microbiology And Man4
CH 104Introductory Chemistry4
CH 105Introductory Org Chem4
HES 100 or Freshman Compass Human Env Sci 13
HES 103 Distance Compass HES
HES 310Issues Human Envir Sciences3
NHM 101Intro Human Nutrition3
NHM 195Intro Dietetics Nutrition1
NHM 201Nutrition In Life Cycle3
NHM 253Food Science3
NHM 340Community Nutrition3
NHM 361Nutritional Biochemistry3
NHM 362Nutrition At Cell Level3
NHM 363Applied Nutrition3
NHM 365Med Nutr Therapy I3
NHM 372Intro Food Service Mgt3
NHM 373Purchsg Design Risk Mgt Food S3
NHM 374Quant Food Prod & Servc3
NHM 395 or Intro Research Food Nutr1
NHM 295 Intro Research Food Nutr
NHM 441Nutrition Education2
NHM 442Nutrition Care Process1
NHM 454Experimental & Functional Food Science3
NHM 465Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NHM 475Mgt Food Service Systems3
NHM 491Directed Professional Study3
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
Total Hours82
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HES 103 Distance Compass HES is for Distance Learning Students Only. It is not required for transfer students.

Tracks

Coordinated Program in Dietetics

The coordinated program in dietetics (CPD) provides students with both the required knowledge and supervised practice experiences to be eligible to sit for the national examination to become a registered dietitian (RD). The University of Alabama CPD provides a concentration and culminating experience in dietetics management and communication. Students in the CPD take the courses required of all food and nutrition majors plus an additional seven courses (17 hours) in which they apply the theories presented in these courses through experiences in food service and health care facilities, as well as health promotion programs. Students interested in completing the CPD should apply at the beginning of the junior year during the fall admission period. A second opportunity for admission is available at the end of the junior year during the spring admission period. Application forms are available from the department. Admission to the CPD is limited. Applications will be reviewed and recommended by the committee on admissions of the Department of Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management. Criteria for admission include the following:

  • The student must present a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must have completed the following courses:
BSC 215Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
BSC 216Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
CH 104Introductory Chemistry4
CH 105Introductory Org Chem4
EN 101English Composition3
EN 102English Composition3
NHM 101Intro Human Nutrition3
NHM 195Intro Dietetics Nutrition1
NHM 201Nutrition In Life Cycle3
NHM 253Food Science3
Total Hours32
  • A pretest covering material from the above prerequisite courses is part of the admission process. The score on the pretest is considered by the committee on admissions.
  • Please see the Director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics for more information regarding admission requirements to the CPD, as the requirements may change in order to maintain accreditation and registration eligibility requirements.
  • Please refer to the current CPD handbook for CPD continuation and completion policies.

Students who choose the coordinated program in dietetics must also take:

NHM 366Supv Pract Med Nutr Therapy I3
NHM 390Pract Food Service Mgt I3
NHM 464Superv Pract Commun Nutr1
NHM 466Sup Pract Med Nutr Therapy II3
NHM 467Supervised Practice in Long-term Care3
NHM 476Pract Food Serv Mgt II2
NHM 485Sup Prac in Dic Mgmt3
Total Hours18

Didactic Program in Dietetics

The didactic program in dietetics (DPD) provides students with the required knowledge to apply for a dietetic internship. Upon successful completion of the DPD, students receive a verification statement indicating that they are eligible to enter a dietetic internship. Students in the DPD take the courses required of all food and nutrition majors plus NHM 492 Prepare Dietetic Internship (offered on campus only).

To enter the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) a student must:

  • Have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours including:
NHM 101Intro Human Nutrition3
NHM 195Intro Dietetics Nutrition1
NHM 201Nutrition In Life Cycle3
NHM 253Food Science3
CH 104Introductory Chemistry4
CH 105Introductory Org Chem4
BSC 215Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
BSC 216Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
Total Hours26
  • Earn a minimum of C - in the following courses: BSC 215 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, BSC 216 Human Anatomy & Physiology II and BSC 242 Microbiology And Man; CH 104 Introductory Chemistry and CH 105 Introductory Org ChemPY 101 Intro To Psychology.
  • Earn a minimum of B- in all “NHM designated” courses including BER 345 Educational Statistics or equivalent.
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Submit official transcripts of all work taken at another institution to the DPD Director.
  • Submit a completed “DPD Admission Petition Form”:
    • for On-campus students to the DPD Director (at 424 Russell Hall)
    • for Distance students to the student's Academic Advisor, mail to:
      P.O. Box 870311,Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0311)

To complete and meet all DPD requirements and receive a Verification Statement, a student:

  • must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • must earn a minimum of C - in the following courses: BSC 215 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, BSC 216 Human Anatomy & Physiology II and BSC 242 Microbiology And Man; CH 104 Introductory Chemistry and CH 105 Introductory Org ChemPY 101 Intro To Psychology;
  • must earn a minimum of B- or higher in all “NHM designated” food and nutrition courses including BER 345 Educational Statistics (or equivalent).
  • may only have a total of 2 retakes in one “DPD Professional Course (NHM designated and BER 345), or 1 retake in up to two different DPD Professional Courses (excluding original attempt) to earn the required grade.
  • must complete the courses required for the DPD, and/or complete a bachelor’s degree

Nutrition Sciences Concentration for Food and Nutrition Majors

The nutrition sciences concentration is designed for students planning to attend medical school or other advanced health professions programs and who wish to have a strong foundation in food and nutrition sciences. This concentration does not meet the requirements to become a registered dietitian. Students who choose to meet both the requirements for medical school/an advanced health professions program and for registration as a dietitian should work with an adviser to add the necessary courses to this curriculum. Applications to medical school or advanced health professional programs should be completed approximately one year prior to the expected date of enrollment. Students should coordinate those applications through the Health Professions Advising Office in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Hours
BSC 215Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
BSC 216Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
CH 101General Chemistry4
CH 102General Chemistry4
CH 231Elem Organic Chemistry I3
HES 310Issues Human Envir Sciences3
NHM 101Intro Human Nutrition3
NHM 195Intro Dietetics Nutrition1
NHM 201Nutrition In Life Cycle3
NHM 340Community Nutrition3
NHM 361Nutritional Biochemistry3
NHM 362Nutrition At Cell Level3
NHM 363Applied Nutrition3
NHM 365Med Nutr Therapy I3
NHM 395 or Intro Research Food Nutr1
NHM 295 Intro Research Food Nutr
NHM 441Nutrition Education2
NHM 442Nutrition Care Process1
NHM 454Experimental & Functional Food Science3
NHM 465Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NHM 491Directed Professional Study3
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
Total Hours60

Additional Courses Typically Required for Premedical Education

Please consult with the Health Professions Advising Office in the College of Arts and Sciences for program-specific coursework required.

Hours
BSC 114
BSC 115
Principles Of Biology I
and Laboratory Biology I
4
BSC 116
BSC 117
Principles Biology II
and Biology II Laboratory
4
CH 232Elem Organic Chem II3
CH 237Elem Organic Chem Lab2
MATH 115Precalc Algebra & Trig3
MATH 125Calculus I4
PH 101General Physics I4
PH 102General Physics II4
Total Hours28

Clinical nutrition in the hospital and long-term care settings, Department of Public Health, private consulting businesses and industries, performance nutrition, the Child Nutrition Program in elementary through high school, food service management, food sales, food service equipment sales.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Our graduates accept positions such as clinical nutrition manager, certified nutrition support specialist (CNSS), board certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD), child nutrition specialist, lactation consultant.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Our alumni serve in positions such as food editor at myRecipes.com; founder, Computrition and focusGreen; regional manager, Frito-Lay Corporation; account manager, Nestle Corporation.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center

Sample CPD Senior Year

NHM 491Directed Professional Study3
NHM 454Experimental & Functional Food Science3
NHM 464Superv Pract Commun Nutr1
NHM 465Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NHM 466Sup Pract Med Nutr Therapy II3
NHM 467Supervised Practice in Long-term Care3
NHM 475Mgt Food Service Systems3
NHM 476Pract Food Serv Mgt II2
NHM 485Sup Prac in Dic Mgmt3
HES 310Issues Human Envir Sciences3
Humanities (HU) or Fine art (FA) or Literature (L)3
History (HI)3
History (HI) and social and behavioral sciences (SB)3
Total Hours36

Sample Curriculum for the Food and Nutrition Major

All Food and Nutrition Majors Completing CPD or DPD

Freshman Year

Hours
HES 100Freshman Compass Human Env Sci (Or)3
Distance Compass HES (Distance Learning Students Only)
NHM 101Intro Human Nutrition3
NHM 195Intro Dietetics Nutrition1
CH 104
CH 105
Introductory Chemistry
and Introductory Org Chem
8
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
EN 101
EN 102 or
English Composition
and English Composition
3-6
EN 103 Advanced English Composition
Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA)3
Mathematics (MA)3
Total Hours27-30

Sophomore Year

BSC 215
BSC 216
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology II
8
NHM 201Nutrition In Life Cycle3
NHM 253Food Science3
Computer science (C) or foreign language (FL )6-8
Statistics3
Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) or Literature (L)3
NHM 372Intro Food Service Mgt3
NHM 395 or Intro Research Food Nutr1
NHM 295 Intro Research Food Nutr
Total Hours30-32

DPD Track

Junior Year

Hours
NHM 340Community Nutrition3
NHM 361Nutritional Biochemistry3
NHM 362Nutrition At Cell Level3
NHM 363Applied Nutrition3
NHM 365Med Nutr Therapy I3
NHM 373Purchsg Design Risk Mgt Food S3
NHM 374Quant Food Prod & Servc3
NHM 441Nutrition Education2
NHM 442Nutrition Care Process1
History or Social behavioral science (H/SB)3
Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) or Literature (L)3
Total Hours30

Senior Year

NHM 491Directed Professional Study (Summer practicum course, taken between junior and senior year)3
HES 310Issues Human Envir Sciences3
NHM 454Experimental & Functional Food Science3
NHM 465Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NHM 475Mgt Food Service Systems3
NHM 492Prepare Dietetic Internship1
BSC 242Microbiology And Man4
Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) or Literature (L)3
History (HI) or Social and behavioral sciences (SB)3
History (HI)3
Total Hours29

CPD Track

Sample CPD Junior Year

NHM 361Nutritional Biochemistry3
NHM 362Nutrition At Cell Level3
NHM 363Applied Nutrition3
NHM 365Med Nutr Therapy I3
NHM 366Supv Pract Med Nutr Therapy I3
NHM 373Purchsg Design Risk Mgt Food S3
NHM 374Quant Food Prod & Servc3
NHM 390Pract Food Service Mgt I3
NHM 441Nutrition Education2
NHM 442Nutrition Care Process1
NHM 340Community Nutrition3
History (HI) or Social behavioral science (SB)3
Total Hours33

Sample CPD Senior Year

NHM 491Directed Professional Study3
NHM 454Experimental & Functional Food Science3
NHM 464Superv Pract Commun Nutr1
NHM 465Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NHM 466Sup Pract Med Nutr Therapy II3
NHM 467Supervised Practice in Long-term Care3
NHM 475Mgt Food Service Systems3
NHM 476Pract Food Serv Mgt II2
NHM 485Sup Prac in Dic Mgmt3
HES 310Issues Human Envir Sciences3
Humanities (HU) or Fine art (FA) or Literature (L)3
History (HI)3
History (HI) and social and behavioral sciences (SB)3
Total Hours36

Sample Curriculum for the Nutrition Sciences Concentration for Food and Nutrition Majors

Freshman Year

HES 100Freshman Compass Human Env Sci3
EN 101
EN 102
English Composition
and English Composition
6
CH 101
CH 102
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry
8
NHM 195Intro Dietetics Nutrition1
NHM 101Intro Human Nutrition3
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) or Literature (L)6
Math3
Total Hours33

Sophomore Year

CH 231Elem Organic Chemistry I3
BSC 215
BSC 216
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology II
8
NHM 201Nutrition In Life Cycle3
Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) or Literature (L)6
History (HI) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)9
NHM 253Food Science3
NHM 395 or Intro Research Food Nutr1
NHM 295 Intro Research Food Nutr
Total Hours33

Junior Year

NHM 361Nutritional Biochemistry3
NHM 362Nutrition At Cell Level3
NHM 363Applied Nutrition3
NHM 365Med Nutr Therapy I3
NHM 441Nutrition Education2
NHM 442Nutrition Care Process1
Computer or Foreign Language6-8
Electives (choose courses to meet premed/advanced health program requirements)3
NHM 340Community Nutrition3
Total Hours27-29

Senior Year

NHM 465Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
HES 310Issues Human Envir Sciences3
Electives (choose courses to meet premed/adanced health program requirements)15
NHM 491Directed Professional Study (Only taught in Summer)3
NHM 454Experimental & Functional Food Science3
Total Hours27