Oct 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Nutrition and Dietetics Major, B.S.

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Department of Nutrition  

College of Health and Human Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nutrition and Dietetics (NUD). The major includes a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) that has been granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400, acend@eatright.org.

Students may choose to be enrolled in both the Nutrition and Dietetics major and the DPD or they may choose to be only enrolled in the Nutrition and Dietetics major. At MSU Denver, the DPD is not designed to be a stand-alone program without being enrolled in the NUD major. While it is possible for a student to complete the DPD without receiving a second bachelor’s degree, the reality is that most students with previous bachelor’s degrees will need to complete sufficient credit hours that they would be eligible for a second bachelor’s degree.

The mission of the MSU Denver Nutrition and Dietetics DPD is to prepare diverse students from the Denver Metropolitan area for successful careers in food, nutrition and dietetics by providing quality education in the core knowledge requirements for the registered dietitian that is culturally sensitive and instills a desire for life-long learning.

Student Outcomes

  • Integrate scientific information and translate research into practice.
  • Demonstrate attitudes, values and behaviors aligned with nutrition and dietetics practice.
  • Develop and deliver information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations.
  • Strategically apply principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge relevant to leadership potential and professional growth in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation.
  • A grade of C- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.
  • A minor IS NOT required for this program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements  for degree completion.


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences.

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

Students should consult the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirement  for a list of courses that fulfill the ESSJ Requirement for degree completion.

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirement 33 credits
ESSJ Requirement 0-3 credits
Major Requirements 73 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 8-23 credits
Total for the Nutrition and Dietetics Major, B.S. 120 Credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and ESSJ requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

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