Mount Mary University’s accredited undergraduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics is a highly competitive and rigorous program. The program combines the classroom learning and 1,200 hours of supervised practice required to complete a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics degree and be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The program is designed to be completed in four years.

Courses cover areas such as biology, chemistry, nutrition, human physiology, food preparation and management, food safety, psychology, sociology and counseling strategies.

Complete degree requirements and a listing of courses are available in the following:

Application Process

The dietetics undergraduate program has different admission requirements than general admission to Mount Mary University. To pursue a dietetics bachelor’s degree, you must first apply online to Mount Mary University.

In the spring semester of your sophomore year, you will apply to the undergraduate coordinated program in dietetics to complete the required course work and supervised practice. A maximum of 19 students are accepted to the undergraduate coordinated program each year.

To be eligible for the undergraduate coordinated program in dietetics, you must:

  • have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all courses required for the major
  • have a minimum grade of C in all dietetic major courses. (Note: A student who has received a grade less than a C in two courses required for the major is not eligible to apply. A student who repeats a course required for the major and receives a grade less than a C both times is not eligible to apply.)
  • complete the following courses by the end of the spring semester in which you submit your Coordinated Program application:
    • PSY 103: Introductory Psychology
    • SOC 101: Introductory Sociology
    • BIO 100: Introductory Biology
    • BIO 212: Human Physiology
    • BUS 301: Microeconomics
    • BUS 362: Principles of Management
    • CHE 113: Chemical Principles I
    • CHE 206: Essentials of Organic & Biological Chemistry
    • ENG 120: Composition II
    • MAT 111: College Algebra
    • MAT 216: Statistical Literacy OR PSY 310: Behavioral Science Statistics
    • DTS 152: The Profession of Dietetics
    • DTS 190: Culinary Skills for Healthy Living (Revised for Fall 2014)
    • DTS 201: Food Science
    • DTS 202: Food Service Safety & Sanitation
    • DTS 250: Nutrition Principles 

For more information on the undergraduate Coordinated Program requirements, consult the Coordinated Program in Dietetics Student Handbook.

Become a Registered Dietitian

The Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, administers the Registration Examination for Dietitians to individuals seeking the professional distinction and credential of Registered Dietitian (RD).

Successful completion of the undergraduate Coordinated Program prepares you for the RD exam and for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We encourage you to talk with your faculty adviser prior to taking the RD exam to ensure you are fully prepared. You will meet with your academic advisor in the dietetics department each semester to ensure that all requirements are met.

Registered Dietitians are eligible for certification in the State of Wisconsin.

Dietetics Program Accreditation

Mount Mary’s well-respected dietetics undergraduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600, ext. 5500.

Some academic programs require a GPA higher than what is required for general admission to Mount Mary University. Contact your admission counselor for more information.

Biology Minor Requirements

A biology minor is an excellent match for chemistry, dietetics and education majors. The minor requires a minimum of 19 credits. For more details on requirements and courses for this minor, see the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Biology Certificate Requirements

Mount Mary offers a biology post-baccalaureate certificate in general biology or biology education to women who have already completed a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about biology post-baccalaureate certificate requirements.