Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition, B.S. (49.5-61.5 Credit Major)

The program in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as dietitians or nutritionists in healthcare facilities, community agencies, cooperative extension, food service operations, and/or the food industry. Students are also prepared for graduate study in dietetics and nutrition. The curriculum for the Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition major Option I complies with the requirements for a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is located at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995 and can be reached at 800-877-1600, ext. 5400 or by email at ACEND@eatright.org. Students successfully graduating from a ACEND-accredited D.P.D. with a GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible to take the examination to become a Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR), or apply for an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship (DI), which enables the student to become eligible to take the examination in dietetics to become a registered dietitian (RD) or RDN (Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist). Fieldwork and laboratory experiences are important components of the curriculum and are planned to integrate didactic instruction with supervised practice.

An application to declare the Didactic Program in Dietetics (Didactic Program in Dietetics, DFN major Option I) is required. The application must be submitted to the DPD director by the semester prior to acceptance and entry into the major: December 1st for entry in the Spring semester and April 1st for entry in the Fall semester. 

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admittance into the DPD and must be maintained or students will be dropped from the program. Students applying for acceptance into the DPD may be required to take a pre-entry examination to assess aptitude for the program. 

DPD students must act in accordance with the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity (http://www.lehman.edu/academics/arts-humanities/documents/CUNYPOLICYONACADEMICINTEGRITY.pdf); successfully complete a course on plagiarism (https://www.indiana.edu/~academy/firstPrinciples/certificationTests/index.html); and comply with the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics adopted by the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/career/code-of-ethics/what-is-the-code-of-ethics) in order to progress in the program. Students who violate the Code of Ethics or the Policy on Academic Integrity will be dropped from the program, in addition to any other sanctions that may be imposed by the College or the Profession.

Students completing the program are required to take the DPD qualifying examination prior to receipt of the Verification Statement. For further information, please see the DPD Handbook. Students who are not accepted into Option I may elect to major in DFN Option II.

Honors in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition

Departmental honors in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition may be awarded to a student who has maintained an index of 3.5 in a minimum of 45 credits in all courses required for the major.

DFN Major

The distribution of courses and credits to be earned by all majors is as follows (33.5 credits):

6 credits in Health Sciences:

Credits
HSD 240Nutrition and Health

3

HSD 266The U.S. Health Care Delivery System

3

16 credits in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition:

Credits
DFN 120The Nature and Science of Food

3

DFN 220Foods, Society, and Health

4

DFN 330Quantity Food Procurement, Production, and Service

3

DFN 341Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

3

DFN 430Management of Dietetic Services

3

3 credits in Nutrition Education and Counseling:

Credits
DFN 437Nutrition Education & Counseling

3

4 credits in Biological Sciences:

Credits
BIO 230Microbiology

4

4.5 credits in Chemistry:

Credits
CHE 114Essentials of General Chemistry Lecture

3

CHE 115Essentials of General Chemistry Laboratory

1.5

CHE 114, CHE 115: These courses also satisfy a General Education requirement.

Option I: Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition, ACEND-Accredited (61.5 credits)

Additional courses to be taken (28 credits):

3 credits in Health Sciences:

Credits
HSD 269Fundamentals of Biostatistics for Health Professionals

3

12 credits in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition:

Credits
DFN 445Advanced Nutrition

4

DFN 348Nutrition in the Management of Disease

3

DFN 448Nutrition in the Management of Disease II

3

 

DFN 470Dietetic Services Field Experience

2

Or

DFN 471Field Experience in Clinical Nutrition

2

Or

DFN 472Field Experience in Community Nutrition

2

4 credits in Biology:

Credits
BIO 228Mammalian Physiology

4

BIO 228: BIO 181-BIO 182 (8 credits) may be substituted.

9 credits in Chemistry:

Credits
CHE 120Essentials of Organic Chemistry Lecture I

3

CHE 121Essentials of Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

1.5

And

CHE 244Introduction to Biochemistry

3

CHE 245Biochemistry Laboratory

1.5

 

Or

DFN 244Nutritional Biochemistry

3

DFN 245Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory

1

To receive a statement verifying completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), students must successfully complete all courses required for Option I, and demonstrate computer literacy. Students must also successfully complete PSY 166, which satisfies A General Education Requirement. More information on the Didactic Program in Dietetics can be found in the DPD Handbook.

Option II: Food Service and Culinary Nutrition (49.5 Credits)

This option reflects the need for a concentration in foods, foodservice, and culinary nutrition for those students who, while seeking a degree in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition, are particularly interested in serving the needs of the foodservice industry as professionals providing nutritious options to restaurants, corporate and community foodservice, and catering facilities.

Additional courses to be taken (16 credits):

2 credits in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition:

Credits
DFN 470Dietetic Services Field Experience

2

3 credits of an Elective in:

DFN, EXS, HEA, HAS, HSD, REC

8 credits in Biological Sciences:

Credits
BIO 181Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 182Anatomy and Physiology II

4

3 credits in Accounting:

Credits
ACC 185Introduction to Accounting for Non-Accounting Majors

3