Undergrad Catalog

Dietetics (FSNU)

Program Options: B.A., B.S.

St. Kate's dietetics major offers you a solid foundation in food, nutrition and management that is supported with chemistry, biology and social sciences. The dietetics program is accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE) of the American Dietetics Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400.

Completing the dietetics program at St. Kate's enables you to pursue graduate study in nutrition or apply for an accredited dietetic internship anywhere in the United States. Upon completion of the internship, you will be able to write the registration examination. After passing the exam, you can use the professional credential Registered Dietitian (RD). One hundred percent of St. Kate's dietetics students have passed the registration exam.

St Kate's graduates are employed in many settings, including healthcare facilities and clinics, food companies, the foodservice industry, public health centers, colleges, nutrition consulting, food and nutrition research, or as an entrepreneur in private practice. St Kate's graduates serve in leadership positions in district, state and national dietetic associations. A St. Kate's alum has served as the president of the American Dietetic Association.

At St. Kate's, you'll find special research opportunities, including the 3M Large and Small Scale Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grants, which support faculty and students who collaborate in conducting original projects based on mutual interests in science or technology. In recent years, St. Kate's students have partnered with faculty on projects involving the effects of adding ground golden flax to wheat bread and nutritional factors affecting osteoporosis.

Students are selected for the dietetics major from a pool of qualified applicants based on the following priority considerations: 1. Students who have entered the University as first-semester students. 2. Students who transfer to the University prior to beginning the major (these students will be selected based on a combination of two factors: number of courses taken at the University and cumulative grade point average). Students seeking a first degree and students seeking a post-baccalaureate major/second degree will be considered simultaneously. 3. Students who transfer to the University for the major.

As an entering first-year student you will be eligible for one of two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 per year for four years. To compete for this scholarship, you must:

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average
  • Participate in extracurricular activities
  • Apply and be accepted to St. Kate's by February 15

See also: Foodservice Management, Foods and Nutrition: Science, Foods and Nutrition: Business

Major Requirements:

(Note: Courses marked with the (+) symbol are offered alternate years.)

FSNU 2800 Intercultural Foods +
FSNU 2900 Food Science
FSNU 3000 Nutrition
FSNU 3500 Leadership in Food and Nutrition +
FSNU 3550 Food and Nutrition Management +
FSNU 3600 Foodservice Operations Management
FSNU 4100 Community Lifespan Nutrition
FSNU 4250 Current Issues in Food and Nutrition (2 cr) +
FSNU 4300 Advanced Nutrition
FSNU 4310 Research in Food and Nutrition +
FSNU 4350 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
FSNU 4400 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (2 cr)

Required supporting courses:
ACCT 2110 Financial Accounting 
BIOL 2200 Introduction to Microbiology
BIOL 2520 Human Physiology
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1120 General Chemistry II
CHEM 2010 Organic Chemistry I (lab optional)
CHEM 2020 Organic Chemistry II (lab optional)
CHEM 3400 Principles of Metabolism: Applied Biochemistry or CHEM 4400 Biochemistry
EDUC 3770 Educational Methods in Dietetics and Nutrition
PHIL 3400 Biomedical Ethics
PSYC 1001 General Psychology with Lab
PSYC 2025 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2050 Statistical Methods in Psychology (or equivalent)

Related work experience is required for dietetics students who wish to apply for a dietetic internship. All dietetic students are required to complete a portfolio.

Transfer students may need to complete more than five courses (20 credits) in the major field in residence in order to complete the didactic program in dietetics.

Dietetics majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors and the fourth writing course by completing FSNU 4310 and FSNU 4300. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other writing intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990).

Second Major Certificate in Dietetics  

Students who have received a baccalaureate degree from St. Catherine University or another regionally accredited institution may pursue a second major at St. Catherine. To be awarded the second major (post-baccalaureate) certificate, you must complete all of the requirements for the major, including required supporting courses.  A minimum of one-half of the courses in the major must be completed in residence.  The residency requirement of 48 out of the last 64 credits does not apply to second major certificate students.

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