BS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with Emphasis in Nutrition and Foods

Degree Program Description

The emphasis in Nutrition and Foods prepares students to integrate and apply the principles of the biomedical sciences and food and nutrition sciences to design and manage effective nutrition programs in a variety of settings. Nutrition and Foods is the first step to acceptance into the Professional Coordinated Program in Dietetics. The Coordinated Program is recognized as an accelerated program resulting in both a bachelor's and master's degree.

During the first three years of the curriculum, students develop a foundation in science and general education. Students must apply and be admitted to complete the final two-year course of study devoted to professional courses, supervised practice (fieldwork), and graduate (M.S.) work. Admitted students complete:

  • A Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Foods)
  • A Master of Science (Dietetics)
  • All supervised practice (fieldwork) necessary to meet the requirements to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD Exam)
  • A verification statement providing proof of completion will be provided after the graduate degree is awarded

The completion of this bachelor's degree only, does not allow the student to be eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians. Furthermore, it is not a didactic program in dietetics. No verification statement is given after completion of only the bachelor's degree.

Major Program Requirements

Students can choose between two tracks, Dietetics or Food Science.

The Dietetics track is a professional program. Students who 1) are enrolled in this degree emphasis 2) are accepted into the Accelerated Master's Coordinated Program in Dietetics, and 3) are in good academic standing will transition seamlessly to the Coordinated Program's fifth year master's program.

The Food Science track is for students who are pursuing a career in nutrition, but not as a dietitian. Enrollment in this track prepares graduates for careers in the food industry, community nutrition, or food policy.

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology are required to complete all University graduation and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

If you are planning to transfer courses (including AP credit) and would like information on how they apply to a degree program(s), you can email for general recommendations.

Students are eligible to transfer into Nutrition and Foods with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, but must have a 3.0 or higher to apply to the Accelerated Master's Coordinated Program in Dietetics. You are directly admissible as a first-time college (freshman) or transfer student when you meet the University admissions requirements.

Pre-Professional Requirements for both tracks (some will double dip for Gen Ed)
AGSC_COM 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
or COMMUN 1200 Public Speaking
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
BIOCHM 3630General Biochemistry3
or BIOCHM 4270 Biochemistry
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 2030Survey of Organic Chemistry3
or CHEM 2100
CHEM 2110
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 2130Organic Laboratory I2
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric3
ESC_PS 4170Introduction to Applied Statistics3
or ABM 2225 Statistical Analysis
FINPLN 2183Personal and Family Finance3
F_S 1030Food Science and Nutrition3
F_S 2172Elements of Food Microbiology3
or F_S 2172H Elements of Food Microbiology - Honors
F_S 3210Kitchen Chemistry3
F_S 4310Food Chemistry and Analysis4
MANGMT 3000WPrinciples of Management - Writing Intensive3
or MANGMT 3000 Principles of Management
MATH 1100College Algebra3
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
NEP 1034/1034HIntroduction to Human Nutrition3
NEP 2340Human Nutrition I3
NEP 2450Nutrition Throughout the Life Span3
NEP 3290Food Service I: Field Work/Supervised Practice Experience1
NEP 3360Nutritional Assessment Lab3
NEP 3390Teaching and Counseling Techniques in Nutrition2
NEP 3400Teaching & Counseling Techniques in Nutr. Supervised Practice Exp/Lab1
NEP 4360Nutritional Assessment3
NEP 4340Human Nutrition II Lecture3
PHIL 1150Introductory Bioethics3
or PHIL 2440 Medical Ethics
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
HIST 1400American History3
or POL_SC 1100 American Government
or HIST 1100 Survey of American History to 1865
or HIST 1200 Survey of American History Since 1865
Professional Elective
Areas of Competence
Dietetics Track
MPP 4204Medical Pharmacology4
NEP 3370Medical Nutrition Therapy I: Supervised Practice Experience3
NEP 3590Community Nutrition Field Work/Supervised Practice Experience1
NEP 4280Food Service Management3
NEP 4290Food Serv. II: Adv. Food Service Manage. Supervised Practice Exp2
NEP 4385Professional Development I1
NEP 4590Community Nutrition3
NEP 4950Capstone: Research in Nutritional Sciences2
NEP 4951WNutrition Research Communication - Writing Intensive3
NEP 7370/4370Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
P_HLTH 4300Health Care in the United States3
PSYCH 3830Health Psychology3
Food Science Track
F_S 4970WFood Product Development - Writing Intensive3
MPP 4204Medical Pharmacology4
NEP 4385Professional Development I1
NEP 4590Community Nutrition3
NEP 4370Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
or NEP 7370 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
P_HLTH 4300Health Care in the United States3
PSYCH 3830Health Psychology3
Supporting Electives for both tracks3
Select 1 course from the list below.
ABM 4215Community Food Systems3
BIO_SC 2200General Genetics4
BIO_SC 3750General Microbiology3
F_S 4370Food Microbiology3
F_S 4980Food Quality Assurance3
H_D_FS 3430Adolescence and Young Adulthood3
HLTH_SCI 4400Culture and Health Literacy for the Health Professions3
HLTH_SCI 4420Health Literacy, Decision Making and Behavior Changes3
MICROB 3200Medical Microbiology and Immunology4
MANGMT 4201WTopics in Management - Writing Intensive3
MRKTNG 3000Principles of Marketing3
NEP 2460Eating Disorders3
NEP 3131International Nutrition and Exercise Physiology3-99
NEP 4970PANHP Capstone: Sports Nutrition3
SOCIOL 3430The Sociology of Sport3
SOCIOL 3440Sociology of Health3
SOCIOL 4210Aging and the Life Course3
SOC_WK 4390Helping Strategies With Children and Adolescents3
SOC_WK 4395Death, Grief and Loss3
SOC_WK 4480Direct Practice with Older Adults3
Additional Electives for Food Science Track
AFNR 2191International Agriculture and Natural Resources - Humanities ((by approval))1-6
F_S 4199Food Industry Senior Seminar1
F_S 4370Food Microbiology3
F_S 4380Sensory Analysis of Food and Beverages3
F_S 4941Internship in Food Science1-6
F_S 4970WFood Product Development - Writing Intensive3
F_S 4980Food Quality Assurance3
NEP 3590Community Nutrition Field Work/Supervised Practice Experience1
NEP 4290Food Serv. II: Adv. Food Service Manage. Supervised Practice Exp2

Dual enrollment: counts toward graduate level

Accelerated BS to MS in Dietetics

The Accelerated Master's Coordinated Program in Dietetics will provide all didactic (coursework) and supervised practice (1000 hours of fieldwork) required for a student to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians and thus, to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). The program includes three years of prerequisite courses needed for the student to apply to the program. Successfully admitted students will be part of the accelerated program and are retained for the remaining two years to complete the program. Only students who complete all aspects of these required courses and activities (BS, MS and 1000 hours of supervised practice) will meet requirements to take the RDN exam.

Students typically apply to the program during the spring semester of year three. The bachelor's degree will be conferred at the end of year four. One dual enrollment class (NEP 7370) will be offered at the graduate-level during the final semester of year four and remaining graduate work will occur in year five.  During years four and five, each student will be required to meet minimum criteria for program continuation. Criteria can be found in the program handbook on the department website.

Total credits required for graduation: 150

  • Total undergraduate credits: 120
  • Total graduate credits:30    
Fifth Year Courses (Master's year)
AN_SCI 8420Endocrinology3
HMI 7566Health Informatics Ethics3
NEP 7380Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NEP 7381Medical Nutrition Therapy II: Supervised Practice Experience5
NEP 8380Medical Nutrition Therapy III3
NEP 8975Dietetics Supervised Practice Experience10

Requirements for Non-Thesis

Two comprehensive exams will be administered during year five.     

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Admission Requirements:

Admission to the Accelerated Master's Coordinated Program in Dietetics portion of Nutrition and Foods emphasis area is a selective process and requires both an application and interview process.  Detailed information on this can be found on the NEP department website.

Note: Admission is limited to a maximum of 20 students per year.

Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

Note: Changes in course requirements may occur, as the program is required to meet accreditation standards.

First Year
BIO_SC 1500 or 1010 and 10205CHEM 13204 
F_S 10303ENGLSH 10003 
NEP 1034 or 1034H3PSYCH 10003 
MATH 11003Humanities (PHIL 1150 or PHIL 2440 recommended)3 
Intro to Dietetics1HIST or POL_SC course3 
 15 16  
Second Year
CHEM 20303BIOCHM 36303Humanities/Study Abroad3
CHEM 21302CDS 21903 
COMMUN 1200 or AGSC_COM 22203F_S 32103 
MPP 32025NEP 23403 
FINPLN 21833NEP 24503 
 16 15 3
Third Year
F_S 43104ESC_PS 4170 or ABM 22253 
NEP 33603F_S 21723 
NEP 43403MANGMT 3000W3 
NEP 43603NEP 32901 
Professional Elective3NEP 33902 
 NEP 34001 
 NEP 42803 
 16 16  
Fourth Year
MPP 42044NEP 33703 
NEP 35901NEP 4951W3 
NEP 45903NEP 73703 
NEP 42902PSYCH 38303 
NEP 43851P_HLTH 43003 
NEP 49502  
 13 15  
Fifth Year
AN_SCI 84203NEP 83803 
HMI 75663NEP 897510 
NEP 73803  
NEP 73815  
 14 13  
Total Credits: 152

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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