Specific course requirements for the B.S. degree in Nutrition – Dietetics Option are outlined on the Dietetics Option Sheet (pdf).

Students pursuing the B.S. in Nutrition-Dietetics Option first enroll at OSU as Pre-dietetics majors. More information on this process is available at OSU Admissions. After completing at least 60 credits including the prerequisites marked with # on the option sheet, students apply for acceptance into the Dietetics major also called the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) to complete the Dietetics option requirements.

Pre-dietetics course requirements

Course Number Course Title and Credits
BI 212 Principles of Biology (4)
CH 121 General Chemistry (5)
CH 122 General Chemistry (5)
CH 123 General Chemistry (5)
CH 331 Organic Chemistry (4)
MB 230 Introduction to Microbiology (4)
NUTR 104 Orientation to Nutrition and Food Management (1)
NUTR 240 Human Nutrition (3)
NUTR 241 Applications in Human Nutrition (1)
NUTR 325 Life Cycle Nutrition (3)
WR 121 English Composition (3)
PSY 201 General Psychology (3)


NUTR 325, NUTR 104, NUTR 240 and NUTR 241 are available at Oregon State or online via OSU Ecampus.

Completion of the Pre-dietetics option usually occurs in the first two academic years. The following are required for application and admission into the Dietetics major.

  1. Completion of 60 credits including all pre-requisite # coursework
  2. Completion of a minimum of 12 credits at Oregon State or through Oregon State Ecampus
  3. A GPA of 3.0 or higher overall and for the pre-requisite # coursework
  4. No nutrition grade (NUTR) lower than a B-
  5. No required course grade lower than a C-
  6. An unofficial transcript of all college level coursework
  7. A current resume
  8. A Career Interest and Goal Statement
  9. A typed, complete OSU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) application for the current year bearing the signature of your academic advisor (link to application instructions and the form)

Applications are accepted during the first 4 weeks of spring term with a firm deadline of the Monday of week 5 (typically end of April). Students are notified regarding acceptance by the end of spring term. Once accepted, the Registrar’s office will be notified to change the student’s major code from Pre-dietetics to Dietetics. Acceptance into the DPD allows students to register for upper division Dietetics courses in food systems management, medical nutritional therapy, community dietetics and more. Students not accepted may reapply during any subsequent spring term. See the Frequently Asked Questions tab for more information about reapplication to the OSU DPD.


Year Plan for Completing DPD Coursework

Oregon State University schedules instruction on a quarter system. See the academic calendar for specific dates. The following table shows the progression of the DPD required courses over 4-years. This table does not include electives or other baccalaureate degree requirements. Plan to meet with academic advisors in Women’s Building Room 105 regularly to understand all options, schedule changes, and to assure all courses required for the B.S. Nutrition degree are included.

First Year

Fall Winter Spring
CH 121 CH 122 CH 123
NUTR 104 (fall term only) MB 230 PSY201
WR 121 COM 111, 218, or 114 H100


Second Year

Fall Winter Spring
(Apply for Dietetics until week 5)
CH 331 CH 332 BB 350
NUTR 240 BI 212 H320
NUTR 241 NUTR 325  
PSY 202    


Third Year

Bolded courses are restricted to students accepted into the Dietetics Major

Fall Winter Spring
(Apply for Dietetics until week 5)
NUTR 235 (fall only) NUTR 423 (winter only) NUTR 439 (winter or spring)
ST 351 (all terms) BA 351 (all terms) NUTR 311 (spring only)
NUTR 307 NUTR 319 (winter only)  
BI 231/241 BI 232/242 BI 233/243


Fourth year

Fall Winter Spring
NUTR 417 (fall only) NUTR 418 (winter only) NUTR 432 (spring only)
KIN 324 NUTR 431 (winter only) NUTR 407 (spring only)
NUTR 430 (fall only) NUTR 446 (winter only) NUTR 447 (spring only)