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.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

Total hours15-16
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Humanities 3
CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4
CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory 1

Second semester (spring)

Total hours16-17
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH 135 College Algebra 3
BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences 3
ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics
or SOC 150 Introduction to Society
or AGR 100 Food Security
or REL 131 Religion in America
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877

Third semester (fall)

Total hours16
The Arts 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology 3
CHM 201 Essentials of Organic Chemistry 3
BMS 240 Introduction to Nutrition 3
BMS 305 Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics 1

Fourth semester (spring)

Total hours17
Cultural Competence 3
CIS 200 Critical and Creative Thinking Using Information Technology
or PHI 105 Critical Thinking
or PHI 115 Ethics and Contemporary Issues
BMS 307 Human Anatomy 4
BMS 306 Computer Applications in Nutrition and Dietetics 1
BMS 330 Food Selection and Preparation for Health 3
BMS 332 Food and Culture 3

Fifth semester (fall)

Total hours16
ACC 109 The Accounting Cycle 1
BMS 308 Human Physiology 4
MGT 340 Principles of Management 3
BMS 333 Nutrition Throughout the Life Span 3
BMS 335 Nutritional Assessment 3
BMS 340 Nutrition Education and Communications 2

Sixth semester (spring)

Total hours17
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3
MTH 340 or MTH 545 or PSY 200 or QBA 237 or SOC 302 3
CHM 352 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
BMS 331 Food Science 4
BMS 338 Food Safety Certification 1
BMS 532 Human Nutrition and Metabolism 3

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours14
BMS 345 World Hunger 3
BMS 430 Sports Nutrition 3
BMS 438 Administrative Dietetics 4
BMS 539 Senior Seminar in Dietetics 1
BMS 536 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 4

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours13
BMS 230 Human Genetics 3
BMS 445 Community Nutrition 3
BMS 546 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 4
BMS 550 Nutrition Counseling 2
BMS 595 Introduction to Research in Dietetics 1

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 advisors, 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.