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 toward 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 focused areas of study. Regardless of the focused area 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
NHM 101 or Intro Human Nutrition3
NHM 102 Honors Intro to Nutrition
NHM 195Intro Dietetics Nutrition1
NHM 201Nutrition In Life Cycle3
NHM 253Food Science3
NHM 295Intro Research Food Nutr1
NHM 340Community Nutrition3
NHM 345Nutrition Counseling3
NHM 346Nutrition Ed Theories and Prac3
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 454Experimental & Functional Food3
NHM 465Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NHM 475Mgt Food Service Systems3
NHM 491Directed Professional Study3
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
Total Hours82

Focused Areas of Study

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:
Hours
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:

Hours
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 467Sup Prac Longterm 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:
Hours
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 IBSC 216 Human Anatomy & Physiology II and BSC 242 Microbiology And ManCH 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 IBSC 216 Human Anatomy & Physiology II and BSC 242 Microbiology And ManCH 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

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 a Food Editor at myRecipes.com, Founder of Computrition and focusGreen, Regional Manager for Frito-Lay Corporation, and Account Manager at Nestle Corporation.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center