Kathy Yadrick, Chair
118 College Drive, Box 5172
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Connell, Huye, Kingston, Landry, Lemacks, Molaison, Whaley, Yadrick
Nutrition and Dietetics
The Nutrition and Dietetics program is currently granted continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312.899.5400. The mission of the Nutrition and Dietetics program is to prepare students for careers as dietetics professionals who will enhance the quality of life for individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities in the state, region and nation. The Nutrition and Dietetics program provides the knowledge, skills and values required for successful entry into a supervised practice program, graduate school or the job market. There are three steps to becoming a registered dietitian (RD):
Earn a bachelor's degree and complete the didactic program requirements for entry-level dietitians in an accredited program;
Successfully complete an accredited supervised practice program/dietetic internship; and
Earn a passing score on the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.
Many work environments, particularly those in medical and health care settings, require that an individual be credentialed as a registered dietitian (RD). Registered dietitians are employed in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, public health departments, nursing homes/retirement centers, food service establishments, private practice, colleges and universities, food and nutrition-related businesses, contract food service companies and military service.
Nutrition Science Emphasis
The nutrition science emphasis is suitable for students who wish to study nutrition, but do not intend to enter into dietetics practice or pursue registered dietitian credentialing. This emphasis is appropriate for students who wish to pursue post-baccalaureate professional or graduate education in nutrition or the health sciences. Completion of this degree program will provide a foundation for further study in the health sciences, and will satisfy some, but not all, admission requirements for professional programs in medicine and allied health. Admission requirements for graduate and professional programs in the health sciences, including medicine, optometry, dentistry, physical and occupational therapy differ by program. Students choosing the nutrition science emphasis in nutrition and dietetics as a foundation for a professional degree should check with the admissions office of the program of their choice to determine its admission requirements.
Students gain valuable knowledge and skills through laboratory and field experiences in food preparation, food service management operations, medical nutrition therapy and community nutrition.
Special Program Requirements
- Students majoring in nutrition and dietetics must meet the following criteria:Students must have completed NFS 362 with a grade of B or better and all prerequisite courses with a C or better in order to enroll in a subsequent course.
- Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on required science courses (BSC 250 , BSC 250L , BSC 251 , BSC 251L , BSC 381 , CHE 106 , CHE 106L , CHE 251 , CHE 251L , CHE 420 ) with no grade lower than a C in any of those courses.
- Students must have a grade of C or better in all the courses in the major area of study and SOC 101 and PSY 110 to graduate.
- No course may be repeated more than once.
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceNon-degreeCertificate