Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics: Concentration in Dietetics and Nutrition Science

The Nutrition and Dietetics program prepares students for careers in clinical dietetics, foodservice systems management, and nutrition education in hospitals, communities, industry, or government agencies. Two concentrations are offered:

  1. Dietetics & Nutrition Science
  2. Foods & Community Nutrition

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics is an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and meets the Accreditation Standards of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400
Web site:

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will articulate an understanding of food safety, management, and business theories as they apply to foodservice systems.
  2. Students will analyze the impact of public policy, multidisciplinary teams, and healthcare systems on nutrition practice.
  3. Students will use scientific research, current information technologies, and critical thinking skills to support evidence-based practice in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
  4. Students will engage in professional communication skills such as counseling techniques, oral presentations, and written documentation to effectively meet the needs of diverse populations.
  5. Students use the Nutrition Care Process to enhance the nutritional status and quality of life of diverse individuals, groups, and populations throughout the lifecycle.
  6. Students will demonstrate competency in required biological and physical science courses to create a foundation for upper-division curricula and future professional practice.
  7. Students will identify and evaluate issues of social responsibility, the Sescope of practice, professional behavior and expectations, and Code of Ethics.

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The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered.

Mandatory Advising

The Nutrition & Dietetics majors should consult the designated DPD director/advisor for planning and evaluation of courses transferred from other institutions and prepare a Graduation Plan outlining course sequence. Some major classes will require that this plan be presented on the first day of classes. A prescribed sequence of courses must be adhered to as some classes are offered only in the fall or spring semesters, and senior-level courses are restricted to graduating seniors. See the department office (Burk Hall 329) for information to include in the advising folder. Students should consult the course description in the current Bulletin for prerequisites and corequisites.

Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.): Concentration in Dietetics and Nutrition Science – 71 units minimum

General Education Requirements Met in the Major

The requirements below are deemed “met in the major” upon completion of the courses listed (even though the courses and their prerequisites are not approved for GE). This is true whether or not the student completes the major.

  • Area B1 (Physical Science) is satisfied upon completion of CHEM 130.
  • Area B2 (Life Science) is satisfied upon completion of BIOL 210 and BIOL 220.
  • Area B3 (Laboratory Science) is satisfied upon completion of CHEM 115 and BIOL 211.

Core Requirements (38 units)

CHEM 115General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry5
HTM 560Hospitality Human Resource Management3
MATH 124Elementary Statistics3
NUTR 253Nutrition, Health, and Disease3
NUTR 353GWFoodservice Systems Management - GWAR3
NUTR 357Principles of Food Preparation3
NUTR 453Nutrition in the Life Cycle3
NUTR 457Management of Quantity Food Purchasing and Production3
NUTR 551Nutrition Education and Communication3
NUTR 557Experimental Food Study3
NUTR 651Community Nutrition and Assessment3
PSY 200General Psychology3

Professional Requirements (30 units)

BIOL 210
BIOL 211
General Microbiology and Public Health
and General Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory
BIOL 212
BIOL 213
Principles of Human Physiology
and Principles of Human Physiology Laboratory
BIOL 220Principles of Human Anatomy4
CHEM 130General Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 349General Biochemistry3
NUTR 450Advanced Nutrition I3
NUTR 550Advanced Nutrition II3
NUTR 484Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
NUTR 584Medical Nutrition Therapy II3

Recommended Electives (3-4 units)

Select one:

BIOL 326Disease!3
FCS 426Family Stress, Coping, and Resilience3
FCS 543Sustainability in the Textile, Housing, and Food Industries3
GEOG 427Agriculture and Food Supply4
HH 380Holistic Health: Western Perspectives3
HH 381Holistic Health: Eastern Perspectives3
HH 382Holistic Health: Human Nature and Global Perspectives3
HH 383Chinese Perspectives in Holistic Health3
HTM 557Restaurant and Catering Management3
KIN 331Peak Performance3
KIN 355Science, Sport, and Fitness3
NUTR 356Foods and World Culture3
PH 200Global Health3
PH 210Personal and Social Determinants of Health3
PH 221Health and Social Justice - Burning Issues, Taking Action3
PH 241Health and Social Movements in the United States in the 20th Century3
PH 290Promoting Positive Health3
PH 410Public Health Systems3
PH 455Community Organizing and Community Building for Health3

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication I LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Humanities LD 3 C2
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Government LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD 3 E
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), a major or minor, or an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities LD or UD 3 AERM
Environmental Sustainability LD or UD 3 ES
Global Perspectives LD or UD 3 GP
Social Justice LD or UD 3 SJ

Note: LD = Lower-Division; UD = Upper-Division.

First-Time Student Roadmap (4 Year)

Find the correct roadmap (A, B, C, or D):

  1. Select the row that matches your English Course choice for A2.*
  2. Select the column that matches your QR Category (found at your student center under Math Alert).
  3. Click the Roadmap that lines up with your row and column.

For example, if you are taking ENG 104 as your first English course and your student center math alert says you are QR Category III, you should choose Roadmap D.

Pathway QR Cat I/II QR Cat III/IV
ENG 114 Roadmap A Roadmap C
ENG 104/ENG 105 Roadmap B Roadmap D

*Composition for Multilingual Students: If taking ENG 209 as your first English course, choose the ENG 114 row. If taking ENG 204 for your first English course, choose the ENG 104/ENG 105 row.

General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower-division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California Government

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), please visit Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine:

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower-division major requirements for this major;
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government requirements.

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 semester units/90 quarter units required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper-division transfer (for example, if a course was not passed on the first attempt or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California Community College of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower-division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding the award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower-division General Education in Areas C and D until after transfer to focus on preparation courses for the major. This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.

Transferring From Institutions Other Than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower-division General Education requirements. Note that, as described below, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3, and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower-division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. To review more information about the A3 requirement, please visit

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.

All Students Must Meet the Transfer Eligibility Requirements Outlined Below for Admission.

For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units.
  • Earn a college grade point average of 2.0 or better in all transferable courses. Non-local area residents may be held to a higher GPA standard.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended.
  • Complete 30-semester units (45-quarter units) of General Education, including four basic skills courses:
    1. One course in oral communication (same as CSU GE Area A1)
    2. One course in written composition (same as CSU GE Area A2)
    3. One course in critical thinking (same as CSU GE Area A3)
    4. One course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning (same as CSU GE Area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and a minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90-quarter units) must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall admission, or by the fall semester prior to spring admission. Earn a C- or better grade in each basic skills course.