Missouri State University

Program Requirements

Major requirements

A total of 125 hours must be completed to earn a degree in dietetics. Of the 125 hours, 40 hours must be upper-division course work.

Program Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
    Specific General Education requirements: BMS 110(4); CHM 105(5) or 160(4) and 161(1); CIS 101(2) or CSC 101(2); MTH 135(3) or higher; PSY 121(3); and either SOC 150(3) or ECO 155(3) or AGR 100(3). Other recommended General Education courses include: PHI 105(3) and/or PHI 115(3).
  2. Major Requirements
    1. Biomedical Science Courses: BMS 110(4), 230(3), 240(3), 305(1), 307(4), 308(4), 330(3), 331(4), 332(3), 333(3), 335(3), 338(1), 340(2), 430(3), 438(5), 445(3), 532(3), 536(4), 539(1), 546(4), 550(2), 595(1)
    2. Public Affairs Capstone Experience required: Any combination of the following courses equaling 3 total hours: BMS 300(1), 345(3), 380(1-3), 392(1), 400(2), 498(1-3), IDS 397(3).
    3. Related Requirements: ACC 109(1); BIO 210(3); CHM 105(5); or (CHM 160(4), 161(1), 170(3) and 171(1)); CHM 200(5) or CHM 201(3); CHM 352(3); CIS 101(2) or CSC 101(2); ENG 321(3); MGT 340(3); MTH 340(3) or 545(3) or PSY 200(3) or QBA 237(3) or SOC 302(3); MTH 135(3) or higher; PSY 121(3); SOC 150(3) or ECO 155(3) or AGR 100(3). Recommended electives: BMS 345(3); CHM 353(2); MKT 350(3)
  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

If you have a ServSafe® certification you may forgo the required BMS 338 course, as long as the certification is valid for two years past your estimated graduation date.

You must maintain a GPA of 2.9 or higher to graduate from the dietetics program and to obtain a verification statement and be eligible for an internship to complete the program.

Verification statements

After you have successfully completed the program a verification statement will be issued by the program director. The verification statement indicates that you have completed all coursework for a didactic degree in dietetics as dictated by the ACEND and are eligible to apply for an accredited dietetic internship.

Students with prior degree seeking verification statement

In order to receive a verification statement from Missouri State, students not seeking a second degree must: 

  • Complete a minimum of 18 hours of upper level dietetics courses at Missouri State to include BMS 532, BMS 536, and BMS 546.
  • Must have completed a minimum of a 300 level anatomy and physiology course(s) within the past 5 years
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.9 or above
  • Must have a C or better in all courses required and must meet all student learning outcomes (SLO’s) in the most recent 2008 Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards (ERAS) set forth by ACEND.

International students

Those seeking a verification statement or completion of degree from the University must be interviewed and have courses completed at their previous University reviewed by the program director. All other academic requirements must also be met. The program director will review the Commission on ACEND International fact sheet.

Returning students

It is the policy of the Missouri State didactic program in dietetics that you meet all student learning outcomes in the most recent 2008 Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards (ERAS) set forth by ACEND. You may have to retake program required courses if you completed the course more than five years ago. Professional work and/or graduate work in closely related fields may meet some requirements for required student learning outcomes courses.