Montana State University

Health & Human Development

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173540
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540

Tel: (406) 994-3242
Fax: (406) 994-2013
Location: 218 Herrick Hall

HHD Undergraduate Advising Office

Tel: (406) 994-4001
Fax: (406) 994-6314
Location: 121 Hosaeus PE Complex

Department of Health & Human Development


Dietetics Option - Curriculum

Apply to MSU | Becoming an RD | Curriculum
Handbook | Dietetics Home | Scholarships
Supervised Practice Application Process | Verification Statement

The general MSU catalog is divided according to academic years on this web site. The year that you enter the program is generally considered the academic year that you use for your curriculum. If you're not sure what catalog you're following, ask your advisor.

Standards of Work

Any student receiving a grade below a “C” in any upper division required course will be required to repeat the course. Students must attain a “C” or better in any required prerequisite course to register for upper division food and nutrition courses.


The dietetics option at Montana State University-Bozeman is accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education, 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, x. 5400. A graduate will attain a verification statement upon completing the ACEND-approved dietetics program curriculum in addition to a minimum of a “C” or better in each required program course at graduation. A graduate is then eligible to apply for an ACEND-accredited supervised practice/dietetic internship or other post-baccalaureate experience. Upon completion of the post-graduate dietetic internship, students are eligible to take the national registration exam for dietitians. Once the individual has passed the exam, the individual is then a “registered dietitian.” The dietetics option has a strong foundation in food and nutrition, food service management, and science components. Registered dietitians may find employment in health care facilities; industrial, school, and university food services; community nutrition services; private practice; sales for food service or health products; and other related fields.


Please note: The Montana University System is presently undergoing common course numbering to ensure course transferability among Montana's campuses. Please refer to the course number equivalency tool to check equivalencies between old and new courses.

Freshman Year Credits
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I 4
CHMY 143--College Chemistry II 4
WRIT 101W--College Writing I 3
Take one of the following:
     COM 110US--Public Communication 3
     US 101US--First Year Seminar 3
Take one of the following:
     ECNS 101IS--Economic Ways of Thinking 3
     FCS 138--Surv Family Finance & Cons Iss 3
     FCS 239--Contemporary Consumer Issues 3
Take one of the following:
     M 121Q--College Algebra (or higher) 3
     M 145Q--Math for Liberal Arts 3
Take one of the following:
     FCS 101IS--Ind Fam Well-Being Lifespan 3
     PSYX 100IS--Intro to Psychology 3
Take one of the following:
     ANTY 101D--Anthropology & Human Exp 3
     SOCI 101IS--Introduction to Sociology 3
University Core 4
Sophomore Year Credits
BIOH 201--Human Anatomy & Physiology I 5
CHMY 211--Elements of Organic Chemistry 5
NUTR 221CS--Basic Human Nutrition 3
NUTR 226--Food Fundamentals 3
NUTR 227--Food Fundamentals Lab 2
Take one of the following:
     ACTG 201--Prin of Financial Accounting 3
     FCS 337--Personal & Family Finance I 3
Take one of the following:
     BIOM 103IN--Unseen Universe: Microbes 3
     BIOM 250--Microbiology for Hlth Sciences 3
Take one of the following:
     BMGT 205--Professional Communication Fundamentals 3
     WRIT 201--College Writing II 3
     WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing 3
     BIOM 250--Microbiology for Hlth Sciences 3
Take one of the following:
     STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
     BIOB 318--Biometry 3
Junior Year Credits
BCH 380--Biochemistry 5
BIOH 211--Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
FCS 359--Theories & Skills for Help Relations 3
FCS 371--Research Methods 3
NUTR 321--Nutrition in the Lifecycle 3
NUTR 322--Food Service Systems Mgmt 3
NUTR 395--Practicum: Quantity Foods Prod & Mgmt 3
NUTR 351--Nutrition and Society 3
NUTR 401--Nutrition Assmt & Counseling 3
University Core and Electives 3
Senior Year Credits
NUTR 421--Macronutrient Metabolism 3
NUTR 422--Micronutrient Metabolism 3
NUTR 425--Medical Nutritional Therapy I 3
NUTR 426--Medical Nutritional Therapy II 3
NUTR 494--Seminar 1
Take one of the following:
     SFBS 429--Small Bus Entre Food Hlth 3
     BMGT 469--Social Entrepreneurship 3
Take one of the following:
     SFBS 445R--Culinary Marketing:Farm to Table 3
     SFBS 451R--Sustainable Food Systems 3
University Core and Electives 8