Missouri State University

Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 preliminary edition, April 2014



Dietetics (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

The Dietetics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400. Graduates who meet the requirements for a Verification Statement are eligible to apply for a CADE-accredited Dietetics Internship and, following its successful completion, to take the national registration examination to become credentialed as a Registered Dietitian (RD).

Requirements for ADA Verification Statement of Completion of Didactic Program in Dietetics

A cumulative GPA of at least 2.90 with a grade of "C" or higher in all courses required for the major.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of at least 45 hours
  2. BMS 240, BMS 305BMS 308, CHM 105 or (CHM 160, 161170 and 171) with grades of "C" or better in each of the courses.
  3. A Missouri State GPA of at least 2.90; and a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of at least 2.90. Exception to the minimum GPA may be made in unusual cases, but exceptions will be limited to no more than five percent of the total number of students admitted to the program

Additional Requirements

When applying to the program students are required to:

  1. Purchase the dietetics program shirt for use when participating in course related events. Prices may be obtained from the department.
  2. Provide evidence of immunization or vaccination for vaccine-preventable diseases to include MMR, tetanus, and a complete Hepatitis B series including a titer demonstrating immunity.
  3. Provide evidence of health insurance, including hospitalization. A comprehensive student group health and accident insurance policy is available through Missouri State University.
  4. Provide documentation of negative tuberculosis status or evidence of appropriate follow-up.
  5. Submit a drug screening test and criminal record check and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 324.217 or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a registered dietitian.

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