BS Four-Year Degree Plan

The didactic program of dietetics at Missouri State University can be completed in four years or eight semesters. This does not take into account transfer credit from a university or completion of summer courses which may alter the sample schedule provided below. You are encouraged to apply to the dietetics program as soon as program requirements are met, but you may declare the dietetics major at any time. Prerequisite courses are required for several of the required dietetics courses. Following the four-year schedule and regular consultation with your advisor is critical.

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Sample schedule

The sample schedule below is based on a four-year degree plan and does not take in account dual enrollment courses.

A list of course offerings is listed on the course rotation page.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
ENG 110 Writing I3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
Humanities3
CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory1
Total hours15-16

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
MTH 135 College Algebra3
BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences4
ECO 155 or SOC 150 or AGR 100 or REL 1313
HST 121 or HST 1223
Total hours16-17

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
The Arts3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology3
CHM 201 Essentials of Organic Chemistry3
BMS 240 Introduction to Nutrition3
BMS 305 Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics1
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
Cultural Competence3
CIS 200 or PHI 105 or PHI 1153
BMS 307 Human Anatomy4
BMS 306 Computer Applications in Nutrition and Dietetics1
BMS 330 Food Selection and Preparation for Health3
BMS 332 Food and Culture3
Total hours17

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
ACC 109 The Accounting Cycle1
BMS 308 Human Physiology4
MGT 340 Organizational Behavior and Management3
BMS 333 Nutrition Throughout the Life Span3
BMS 335 Nutritional Assessment3
BMS 340 Nutrition Education and Communications2
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing3
MTH 340 or MTH 545 or PSY 200 or QBA 237 or SOC 3023
CHM 352 Introduction to Biochemistry3
BMS 331 Food Science4
BMS 338 Food Safety Certification1
BMS 532 Human Nutrition and Metabolism3
Total hours17

Seventh semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
BMS 345 World Hunger3
BMS 430 Sports Nutrition3
BMS 438 Administrative Dietetics5
BMS 539 Senior Seminar in Dietetics1
BMS 536 Medical Nutrition Therapy I4
Total hours14

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
BMS 230 Human Genetics3
BMS 445 Community Nutrition3
BMS 546 Medical Nutrition Therapy II4
BMS 550 Nutrition Counseling2
BMS 595 Introduction to Research in Dietetics1
Total hours13

NOTE: *CHM 161, 170, and 171 must be taken if the student has taken CHM 160.

If you have completed CHM 160 and 170 you may schedule CHM 353 to complete a minor in chemistry.

Students who are planning to do professional graduate programs are encouraged to take CHM 160/161 General Chemistry I + lab and CHM 170/171 General Chemistry II + lab. These TWO classes would meet/exceed the dietetics chemistry requirement and students could opt for physics or another GEC 108 or GEC 109 course in consultation with their advisor, such as physics. CHM I and II are required for chemistry minors, which many of our students obtain.

Students who are planning a chemistry minor will need to take CHM 202, which is the organic chemistry lab. This class is offered all semesters. The additional chemistry classes are best taken in the summer or, during the regular semester with other courses taken in the summer.