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.

Printable Sample Schedule



The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4
CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory 1
Humanities - General Education 3
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

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
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Social and Behavior Sciences - General Education 3
MTH 135 or higher
BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences 3
BMS 111 Introductory Laboratory in the Biomedical Sciences 0
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

BMS 230 Human Genetics 3
BMS 240 Introduction to Nutrition 3
BMS 305 Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics 1
The Arts - General Education 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology 3
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

Cultural Competence - General Education 3
BMS 306 Computer Applications in Nutrition and Dietetics 1
BMS 307 Human Anatomy 4
BMS 330 Food Selection and Preparation for Health 3
BMS 332 Food and Culture 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
Total hours17

Fifth semester (fall)

ACC 109 The Accounting Cycle 1
BMS 308 Human Physiology 4
BMS 333 Nutrition Throughout the Life Span 3
BMS 497 - Quantity Foods 3
MTH 340 Statistical Methods
or MTH 545 Applied Statistics
or PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods
or QBA 237 Basic Business Statistics
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

CHM 201 Essentials of Organic Chemistry 3
BMS 335 Nutritional Assessment 3
BMS 338 Food Safety Certification 1
BMS 340 Nutrition Education and Communications 2
BMS 345 World Hunger 3
BMS 532 Human Nutrition and Metabolism 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

BMS 320 Biomolecules and Metabolism 3
BMS 430 Sports Nutrition 3
BMS 438 Administrative Dietetics 4
BMS 536 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 4
BMS 539 Senior Seminar in Dietetics 1
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

BMS 331 Food Science 4
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
Total hours14
Degree plan last reviewed 06-26-2018.

Tips for success

  • If you take CHM 160, then you must also take CHM 161, CHM 170 and CHM 171. Consult your advisor as this will affect your schedule. 
  • If you're planning a chemistry minor, you must also take CHM 202, an organic chemistry lab. This class is offered all semesters. Additional chemistry classes are taken in the summer or during the regular semester, with other courses taken in the summer. 
  • Program admission requirements: A minimum 2.9 GPA and  completion of BMS 240, BMS 305, BMS 308 and chemistry sequence.
  • Take BMS 195 if you're undecided about a major and would like to explore health care.