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Dietetics @ Fontbonne

Dietetics is the science and art of applying the principles of food and nutrition to health — a field for those with inquisitive minds who enjoy science as much as they do people. Registered dietitians help others learn about food, nutrition and lifestyle choices to keep them healthy. The course work is challenging, and the career possibilities are exciting and numerous. The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics' curriculum provides a broad and balanced foundation in all of the core areas of dietetics.

Dietetics Program Highlights

  • Program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • Development of culinary skills, as well as the knowledge of how to alter foods and meal patterns for health promotion and disease prevention and treatment.

  • Extensive training in the development and delivery of nutrition information to the public.

  • Numerous field-based learning experiences built into the curriculum in a variety of settings: health care; community and social service agencies; foodservice establishments.

  • Opportunities for leadership skills development and service-learning.

Our curriculum provides a broad and balanced foundation in all the core areas of dietetics — clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and food service management. You will study and learn culinary skills, how to alter diets for health promotion, disease prevention and treatment, how to best communicate nutrition information to the public, and how to manage food service establishments. You will also be given the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in the field, working and assisting other professionals.

You’re passionate about health and nutrition, and you’ve completed your undergraduate degree in dietetics, but you haven’t secured a vital piece of your education — supervised practice, the critical internship experience necessary to become a registered dietitian  nutritionist(RDN). Fontbonne University has an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPPs) program made possible by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Course Requirements

The following specific general education courses must be chosen to meet the requirements for this major:

  • COM 102 Public Speaking (3 credits) OR COM 103 Interpersonal Communications (3 credits)
  • CIS (GER) (3 credits)
  • BIO 250 Microbiology (4 credits)
  • CHM 128 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • FCS 395 Foundations of Public Policy and Advocacy in FCS (3 credits)
  • MTH 105 College Algebra (4 credits) PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits) OR PSY 200 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)


Courses Required in the Major

  • FCS 201 Career Seminar I (1 credit)
  • FCS 216 Principles of Nutrition (3 credits)
  • FCS 221 Food Science Theory and Application (4 credits)
  • FCS 223 Interviewing, Education, and Counseling (3 credits)
  • FCS 266 Management of Family Resources (3 credits) OR FCS 337 Family Relations (3 credits)
  • FCS 301 Career Seminar II (1 credit)
  • FCS 312 Application of Nutrition Concepts (3 credits)
  • FCS 318 Commu nity/Public Health Nutrition throughout the Lifecycle II (4 credits)
  • FCS 319 Community/Public Health Nutrition throughout the Lifecycle I (4 credits)
  • FCS 326 Quantity Food Production (3 credits)
  • FCS 345 Food Systems and Dietetics Management (4 credits)
  • FCS 395 Foundations of Public Policy and Advocacy in FCS (3 credits)
  • FCS 415 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (4 credits)
  • FCS 416 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3 credits)
  • FCS 419 Advanced Nutrition (3 credits)
  • FCS 422 Cultural Competence through Food (3 credits )
  • FCS 424 Experimental Foods (4 credits)
  • FCS 457 Application of Principles and Practices in Dietetics (3 credits)
  • FCS 459 Internship Preparation Seminar (1 credit)
  • FCS 470 Methods in Teaching FCS (3 credits)
  • FCS 497 Senior Synthesis in Family & Consumer Sciences (3 credits)

Courses Required in Other Disciplines

  • BIO 220 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIO 222 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • BUS 230 Management Principles (3 credits)
  • CHM 228 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHM 328 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry III (3 credits)
  • MTH 115 Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)

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