Nutrition Major: Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Concentration

The DPD at CSB/SJU is currently granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext 5400.

Required courses fulfill the academic coursework that is a necessary step for earning the credential of Registered Dietitian (RD).   Students who successfully complete the DPD curriculum and meet all graduation requirements at CSB/SJU receive a Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition, area of concentration in Dietetics, and a verification statement indicating that they are eligible to enroll in an accredited, post-graduate internship program.  The following process is required to obtain the credential of Registered Dietitian:

1. Obtain a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university

2.  Completion of an accredited dietetics curriculum

3.  Completion of an accredited dietetic internship

4.  Passing the national Registration Examination for Dietitians

5.  New graduate degree eligibility requirement effective January 1, 2024:

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is the credentialing agency responsible for administering the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam. Effective January 1, 2024, CDR has changed the degree requirement for dietitian registration eligibility from a baccalaureate degree to a graduate degree.  For further information from CDR, go to the following website.

The DPD at CSB/SJU is not affiliated with any accredited, post-graduate dietetic internship programs and does not guarantee placement in an internship; however, the Nutrition Department will assist students with the application process.  The DPD recommends that students maintain a GPA at CSB/SJU of 3.2 or higher to be competitive for selection to an accredited dietetic internship program after graduation. Nationally, the placement rate in dietetic internships is approximately 50%.  Over the past five years, approximately 80% of DPD graduates at CSB/SJU have been placed in accredited dietetic internship programs.

Please read the Requirement/Minimum Qualifications for Accepance to the Didactic Program 

With careful planning, students enrolled in the DPD may study abroad, and/or complete a second major or a minor within 8 semesters.  Students completing the DPD may also apply to graduate programs in nutrition or related fields.  Students interested in the DPD should attend all group advising sessions offered during their first academic year, and seek guidance from an academic advisor in the Nutrition Department prior to registration for spring semester of the first year.

 Required Courses for the DPD

68 credits: 20 in supporting work and 48 in Nutrition

Supporting Course Work/ Pre-requisites

Biology (2 courses, 8 credits)

•  Biol 101 Foundations of Biology (lab) - 4 credits (fall semester only)

•  Biol 216  Physiology in Practice  - 4 credits (spring semester only) 


• Biol 201  4 credits (spring semester only)

 Chemistry (2 courses, 8 credits)

•  Chem 125 Introduction to Chemical Structures and Properties - 4 credits (fall semester only)

•  Chem 250 Reactivity 1 - 4 credits (spring semester only)

Mathematics (1 course, 4 credits)

•  Math 124 Probability and Statistical Inference - 4 credits (fall, spring or summer)

 Nutrition Courses (48 credits) - please see course descriptions for pre-requisites

•  Nutr 125 Concepts of Nutrition Science (lab) - 4 credits (fall or spring)

•  Nutr 220 Exploring Weight Issues - 2 credits (fall or spring)

•  Nutr 225 Experimental Food Science (lab) - 4 credits (fall or spring)

•  Nutr 230 Food and Culture - 2 credits (fall or spring)

•  Nutr 305 Leadership in Dietetics -  2 credits (fall semester of senior year)

•  Nutr 323 Public Health Nutrition - 4 credits (fall or spring)

•  Nutr 330 Nutritional Biochemistry and Assessment (lab) - 4 credits (fall only)

•  Nutr 333 Nutrition Therapy: Chronic Disease - 4 credits (fall only)

•  Nutr 337 Nutrition Therapy: Critical Care - 4 credits (spring only)

•  Nutr 331 Exercise Nutrition and Supplements (lab) - 4 credits (spring only)

•  Nutr 341 Nutrition Education - 2 credits (fall or spring)

•  Nutr 342 Interviewing and Counseling - 2 credits (fall or spring)

•  Nutr 343 Food Production and Procurement (lab) - 4 credits (fall only)

•  Nutr 345 Entrepreneurship and Management Systems in the Food Industry (lab) - 4 credits (spring only)

•  Nutr 395 Senior Nutrition Seminar (capstone course) - 2 credits (spring only)


•  Nutr 396  Nutrition Research (capstone course) - 2 credits (spring only)


Recommended Course Sequence

First and Second Year

Students are strongly advised to complete the following coursework during the first four semesters of enrollment at CSB/SJU:

Common Curriculum*


__Language (through 211 level)

__Theology (lower division)

__Humanities - at least one of two courses

__Fine Arts Experience


                                                                DPD Requirements

                                                ___Biol 101                          ___Nutr 125

                                                ___Biol 216                         ___Nutr 225

                                                ___Chem 125                       ___Nutr 323

                                                ___Chem 250                      ___Nutr 220


* Completion of the DPD will fulfill the following Common Curriculum course work: Natural Science, Mathematics, Experiential Learning


Junior and Senior Year

The following courses may be completed when students have met the pre-requisite requirements and are making acceptable progress on the completion of the Common Curriculum.  These courses are ordinarily completed during the junior or senior year.  Students should also register for their remaining Common Curriculum course work.                                             

DPD Requirements

___Nutr 330                       ___Math 124

___Nutr 331                      ___Nutr 342

___Nutr 343                       ___Nutr 230

___Nutr 345                       ___Nutr 341



The following courses are recommended to be taken during the senior year:

                                                ___Nutr 305

                                                ___Nutr 333

                                                ___Nutr 337

                                                ___Nutr 395  or 396 (capstone)


For more information on the CSB/SJU Dietetics Program, contact:
Linda Shepherd, Program Director (320) 363-5034 [email protected]






New Graduate Degree Eligibility Requirement Effective January 1, 2024

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is the credentialing agency responsible for administering the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam.  CDR has changed the degree requirement for dietitian registration eligibility from a baccalaureate degree to a graduate degree, effective January 1, 2024.  For further information from CDR, refer to the following link: