B.S. in Nutrition - Dietetics

Dietetics and Nutrition students consult with a patient

Our Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).*

Your bachelor's degree will prepare and qualify you to apply for and complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. After successfully completing supervised practice and passing the registration exam, you will become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Additionally, once you are a qualified RDN, you are eligible to take the Texas Jurisprudence Exam and apply to become a Texas Licensed Dietitian. 

*The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Your curriculum includes courses in:

  • general nutrition
  • medical nutrition therapy
  • community nutrition
  • nutrition through the life cycle
  • nutritional biochemistry
  • food science
  • food service management

Your path will also require a strong scientific background, so you'll take:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • microbiology
  • pathophysiology
  • chemistry
  • social and behavioral science
  • communications

Academic Advisement

You should meet with your academic advisor to check your progress toward your degree. At least one year prior to your anticipated graduation, you should meet with the DPD Program Coordinator to discuss progress toward graduation and options afterward. You should also work closely with the DPD Program Coordinator in applying for supervised practice programs.

Program Requirements

For graduation and program completion requirements, see the general academic policies and procedures.

Verification Statement

After completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree and all DPD courses, the graduate will be provided five copies of the DPD Verification Statement, all with the original signature of the Program Coordinator.

Students who pursue DPD requirements after being awarded at least a baccalaureate degree will receive the DPD Verification Statement after all requirements are completed. When a student already possesses at least a baccalaureate degree and desires to meet DPD requirements with the intention of applying for supervised practice, the DPD Program Coordinator reviews the student’s previous course work, as well as experiential learning, to determine the additional DPD courses needed by the student. The student is provided a plan for completion of DPD requirements. Plans are designed individually to assure the student meets core knowledge to successfully complete an accredited supervised practice program. Students who have completed some DPD courses at another institution and desire a Lamar University DPD Verification Statement must complete at least six credit hours of upper-level nutrition/dietetics courses at Lamar University before verification.

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.