Human Nutrition and Dietetic Sciences - Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

Option: Nutrition Education

This option prepares students to become nutrition educators that work within the community and public health settings. This option focuses on health and wellness, the association between nutrition and health, and teaching healthy living.  Graduates from the Nutrition Education option will have learned the skills to communicate evidence-based nutrition information, provide nutrition education, and blend nutrition with other health science subjects. The job opportunities for those graduating from this program include working as a nutrition educator or nutrition assistant in county agencies, Extension Services, community nutrition programs, schools and with health organizations.  

Unlike the Dietetics option, this option does not prepare students to pursue the credential of a Registered Dietitian.

General Education Requirements

Areas I-III are incorporated into the Nutrition Education course list below. Students are able to select the five required courses from Areas IV-V and two required courses from the Viewing a Wider World section in the General Requirements section of the catalog. Please refer to the HNDS Undergraduate Student Handbook for a list of recommended courses to choose from in order to fulfill these requirements.

Departmental Requirements
FCS 181Interpersonal Skills in Intimate Relationships3
FCSC 400Research Methods in Family and Consumer Sciences3
FCSE 245Overview of Family and Consumer Sciences Teaching3
FCSE 345Management Concepts in Family and Consumer Sciences Teaching3
FCSE 446Teaching Methods I for Family and Consumer Sciences3
FCSE 447Teaching Methods II for Family and Consumer Sciences3
FSTE 263GFood Science I4
FSTE 320Food Microbiology4
HNDS 201Seminar 1- The Field of Dietetics1
HNDS 251Human Nutrition3
HNDS 350Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle3
HNDS 363Quantity Food Production and Service6
HNDS 403Community Nutrition3
HNDS 407Field Experience Community Nutrition1-8
HNDS 420Nutrition Counseling and Communication3
HRTM 263Food Production and Service Fundamentals3
Nondepartmental Requirements
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Select one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Select one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
MATH 121GCollege Algebra3
or MATH 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences
BIOL 111GNatural History of Life3
BIOL 111GLNatural History of Life Laboratory1
PSY 201GIntroduction to Psychology3
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
BIOL 225Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 226Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
PHLS 150GPersonal Health and Wellness3
PHLS 275Foundations of Health Education3
PHLS 395Foundations of Public Health3
PHLS 459Infectious and Noninfectious Disease Prevention3
PHLS 461Health Disparities: Determinants and Interventions3
PHLS 464VCross-Cultural Aspects of Health3
RDG 414Content Area Literacy3
Total Credits102-109

Viewing a Wider World

Refer to the "List of Recommended GE courses" for HNDS students in the HNDS Undergraduate Student Handbook for a list of field-related course options that can be selected from the GE Core Curriculum and Viewing a Wider World course requirements.

Option: Pre-Dietetics/Dietetics

The Dietetics option prepares students to become registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). This option encompasses nutritional science, clinical dietetics, community nutrition, food science and food service management. 

All students enrolled in this option begin as Pre-Dietetics students. All Pre-Dietetics students are required to apply for admission into the Dietetics option in the fall semester of their junior year as indicated on the Pre-Dietetics/Dietetics road map. Please refer to the HNDS Undergraduate Student Handbook for information on the admissions criteria, application instructions, and the application process. Pre-Dietetic students are termed Dietetic students upon formal notification of admission into the Dietetics program.

The Dietetics option is a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). This option enables graduates to continue pursuing the credentials of a registered dietitian (RD). Becoming an RD is currently a three-step process:

  1. Successfully complete an ACEND-accredited DPD program (e.g. the NMSU Dietetics Option), earn a degree and a verification statement
    1. The verification statement ensures eligibility to apply to the next step.
  2. Successfully complete an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) program, earn another verification statement.
    1. This 2nd verification statement ensures eligibility to begin the next step.
  3. Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration exam.

General Education Requirements

Areas I-III are incorporated into the Pre-Dietetics/Dietetics course list below. Students are able to select the five required courses from Areas IV-V and two required courses from the Viewing a Wider World section as stated in the General Requirements section of the catalog. Please refer to the HNDS Undergraduate Student Handbook for a list of recommended courses to choose from in order to fulfill these requirements.

Departmental Requirements
FCSE 348Teaching in Informal Family and Consumer Sciences Settings3
FSTE 263GFood Science I4
FSTE 320Food Microbiology4
FSTE 425Sensory Evaluation of Foods3
or
other upper division FSTE
HNDS 201Seminar 1- The Field of Dietetics1
HNDS 251Human Nutrition3
HNDS 350Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle3
HNDS 360Food for Health4
HNDS 401Field Experience- Clinical Dietetics1-8
HNDS 403Community Nutrition3
HNDS 405Seminar II- Entering the Field of Dietetics1
HNDS 407Field Experience Community Nutrition1-8
HNDS 409Dietetic Science Capstone3
HNDS 420Nutrition Counseling and Communication3
HNDS 430Food Service Organization and Management3
HNDS 440Nutrition Education and Research3
HNDS 446Diet Therapy I3
HNDS 448Advanced Nutrition3
HNDS 449Diet Therapy II3
HNDS 455Billing and Coding for Dietetics3
Nondepartmental Requirements
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Select one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Select one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
MATH 121GCollege Algebra3
or MATH 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences
BIOL 111GNatural History of Life3
BIOL 111GLNatural History of Life Laboratory1
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
A ST 311Statistical Applications3
or STAT 251G Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
ACCT 221Financial Accounting3
BCHE 341Survey of Biochemistry4
Select one from the following:4
Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
Anatomy & Physiology I
and Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
Select one from the following:4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Anatomy and Physiology II
and Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
BIOL 227Pathophysiology3
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II4
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry4
HRTM 263Food Production and Service Fundamentals3
Total Credits108-122

Viewing a Wider World

Refer to the "List of Recommended GE courses" for HNDS students in the HNDS Undergraduate Student Handbook for a list of field-related course options that can be selected from the GE Core Curriculum and Viewing a Wider World course requirements.