Nutrition B.S. - Dietetics

Do you like helping others? Are you focused on health sciences and want to work in healthcare? Do you want to obtain a national credential? Do you want improve others quality of life through medical nutrition therapy and lifestyle approaches? Then the BS in Nutrition-Dietetics program is right for you. Dietetics and Nutrition students consult with a patient

Nutrition & Dietetics is an accredited BS in Nutrition- Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPDP). Upon earning a bachelor's degree, successfully completing all DPD requirements and earning a DPD Verification Statement, the graduate is eligible to take the national Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) exam.

Additionally, graduates are eligible to apply to a supervised practice program and a master’s degree program which are the next step in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). 

If you are interested in improving the lives of others through healthy lifestyle approaches focused on nutritional needs, you will want to focus on a BS in Nutrition-Dietetics degree. The BS in Nutrition-Dietetics program includes a variety of courses in the field of nutrition and dietetics such as community nutrition, nutrition assessment, nutrition education and counseling, medical nutrition therapy and food service management.

The Nutrition-Dietetics program is designed for students who are wanting to become either a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) and/or a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The RDN is the nutrition expert. For students who are not interested in becoming an RDN, check out the BS in Nutrition.

The BS in Nutrition- Dietetics curriculum includes:

  • general nutrition
  • community nutrition
  • nutrition assessment 
  • lifecycle nutrition
  • nutrition & fitness
  • nutrition counseling
  • medical nutrition therapy
  • food science
  • food service management

Science requirements include:

  • biology (16 hours)
  • chemistry (8 hours)
  • basic pathophysiology 

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 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.


Program Director: Amy Shows, Ph.D., RDN
Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
(409) 880-7962

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. 

Contact information for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND): 
Website: accreditation-council-academy-nutrition-dietetics.png
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) requires a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). 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.