Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

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The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics is an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and meets the Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutritional Education of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The program prepares students for careers in clinical dietetics, foodservice systems management, and nutrition education in hospitals, industry, or government agencies. Most positions require an R.D. (Registered Dietitian). See Certificate in Dietetics section of this bulletin.

Application Filing Period

The dietetics program is impacted, which means there are more applications than capacity. Transfer student applications for admission to this major are accepted by the University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions only during the application filing period of October 1 to November 30 (for admission the following fall). No late applications or applications for spring will be considered. Both new transfer and on-campus students wishing to change majors are required to submit an additional departmental application to the CFS/D department. See departmental website for supplemental program application and specific deadline in January.

Mandatory Advising

Dietetics majors should consult the designated DPD director/advisor for planning and evaluation of courses transferred from other institutions and to 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 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.

Writing Competence:

Good writing skills are necessary for success in the major. Second year written composition (ENG 214 or equivalent) with a grade of C- or better is required to take DFM 353GW which fulfills the GWAR requirement.

Students will receive a Verification Statement, signed by the DPD Director, on completion of the degree and submission of an official transcript indicating that the degree has been awarded. The Verification Statement is then submitted as part of the dietetic internship application process or to qualify to sit for the Dietetic Technician, Registered (D.T.R.) examination.

Note: To become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) one must

  1. complete the B.S. in Dietetics,
  2. complete a Dietetic Internship, and
  3. pass the R.D. exam.

To become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (D.T.R.) one must

  1. complete the B.S. in Dietetics,
  2. complete the D.T.R. eligibility application, and
  3. pass the D.T.R. exam.

All courses must be passed with a C- or better. CR/NC is not allowed.

General Education Requirements Met in the Dietetics 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 both BIOL 210 and BIOL 220.
  • Area B3 (Laboratory Science) is satisfied upon completion of both CHEM 115 and BIOL 211.

Dietetics (B.S.) — 70 units

Prerequisites (18 units)

BIOL 210
BIOL 211
General Microbiology and Public Health
and General Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory
CHEM 115General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry5
DFM 253Nutrition in Health and Disease3
MATH 124Elementary Statistics3
PSY 200General Psychology3

Professional Requirements (49 units)

BIOL 212
BIOL 213
Principles of Human Physiology
and Principles of Human Physiology Laboratory
BIOL 220Principles of Human Anatomy4
CFS 453Nutrition in the Life Cycle3
CHEM 130General Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 349General Biochemistry3
DFM 350Advanced Nutrition I3
CFS 352Principles of Food Preparation3
DFM 353GWFoodservice Systems Management - GWAR3
DFM 357Experimental Food Study3
DFM 450Advanced Nutrition II3
DFM 451Community Nutrition and Assessment3
DFM 458Management of Quantity Food Purchasing and Production3
DFM 484Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
DFM 485Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
DFM 655Nutrition Education and Communication3
HTM 560Hospitality Human Resource Management3

Recommended Electives (3 units)

Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Foods and World Culture
Family Crises: Drug Dependency and Eating Disorders
Sustainability in the Textile, Housing, and Food Industries
Agriculture and Food Supply
Personal and Social Determinants of Health
Organization and Function of Health Services
Restaurant and Catering Management
Science, Sport, and Fitness
Death and Dying in Contemporary Society

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
Written English Communication II LD 3 A4
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
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Humanities: Literature LD 3 C3
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Governement LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD or UD 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), in a major or minor, or may be an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) LD or UD 3
Environmental Sustainability (ES) LD or UD 3
Global Perspectives (GP) LD or UD 3
Social Justice (SJ) LD or UD 3

Note: LD = lower division; UD = upper division.

First Time Student Roadmap (4 year)

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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
    • a 2nd-semester course in written English composition

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), go to 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

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 units/90 quarters 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 course was not passed on 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 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 in order 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. As described above, 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 (GE 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. Review more information about the A3 requirement here.

Identify and complete a 2nd-semester written English composition course before transfer. This is usually the next course after the typical “freshman comp” course, with a focus on writing, reading and critical analytical skills for academic purposes, and developing skills in composing, revising, and the use of rhetorical strategies.

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 outlines 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 2.00 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, with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (same as CSU GE area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and 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.