B.S. in Nutrition - Dietetics

Dietetics and Nutrition students consult with a patient

Program Introduction

Thank you for stopping by to learn more about the Lamar University Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD)! Our program is a four-year track culminating in a Bachelor of Science Degree. Upon earning a bachelor's degree, successfully completing all DPD requirements and earning a Verification Statement, the graduate is eligible to apply to a supervised practice program, the next step in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). 

Program Admission

The program consists of 120 credit hours, including the university’s core curriculum requirements (42 credit hours), science courses (12 credit hours), foods/nutrition/dietetics courses (42 credit hours), and other supporting courses (24 credit hours). The program is a concentration within the Nutrition-Dietetics Program in the Department of Nutrition, Hospitality, & Human Services (NHHS). Upon satisfactory completion of the degree and DPD course requirements, graduates will receive a verification statement, along with their degree, and are eligible to apply for accredited supervised practice programs (such as internships). Students who wish to pursue DPD requirements or a post-bacc in order to earn a verification statement after being awarded at least a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than dietetics must complete all requirements of the DPD program.


Contact Information

Program Director: Kristina (Krissie) May
Department of Nutrition, Hospitality, and Human Services Building, Office #132
Phone:  409-880-8051
Email: kmay4@lamar.edu


Lamar University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educational institution and employer. Students, faculty and staff members are selected without regard to their race, color, creed, sex, age or national origin, consistent with the Assurance of Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Executive Order 11246 as issued and amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Inquiries concerning application of these regulations may be referred to the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Counsel.

Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The most recent review occurred in May 2023. The next review of the program is planned for 2030.

Eat Right LogoContact information for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):
Website:  Http://www.eatrightPRO.org/ACEND
Mail:       120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone:    (312) 899-0040 et. 5400

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited didactic in dietetics program at Lamar University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.