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University Catalog 2011-2012 (“PRINTED”) 
University Catalog 2011-2012 (“PRINTED”) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutritional Science, B.S.

Students must select one of two available options: the Nutrition Option - Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) (which also prepares students to enter dietetics internships approved by the American Dietetic Association) or the Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP) Option. Graduates of the Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP) option are fully eligible for membership in the American Dietetic Association and to take the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.)

The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science is 180-186 units, of which 127-136 units are in the major depending on the option selected. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.

Requirements for the Major (127–136 units)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science requires a total of 180-186 units. The major requires 41 units in preparatory courses plus 86-95 units, 62 in the core and 24 or 33 in an option.

A minimum C grade is required in all courses used to meet major requirements.

Coordinated Dietetics Program Option (CDP) (33 units)

The Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP) option requires a separate application (available each December 1st and due each February 1st). This program is designed for persons seeking both academic course work and supervised practice required to qualify to take the examination to become a Registered Dietitian. The four-year curriculum integrates academic preparation and clinical experience needed by the generalist in dietetics. Upon passing the national examination administered under the direction of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, graduates are recognized as registered dietitians (R.D.). The Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP) is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606,(312) 899-0040, ext 5400.


Students who seek preliminary admission to the CDP must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Eligible for admission to Cal State L.A.
  • Minimum 3.0 overall grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Minimum 2.75 grade point average in the major, with no grade lower than C in courses required for membership in the ADA.
  • Students may repeat CDP courses and prerequisite science courses in which they earned a grade lower than C only once to meet program admission criteria.
  • Students must repeat any nutrition and biochemistry prerequisite courses they completed more than three years before beginning the CDP before they may enter the program.
  • Satisfactory health for full participation in the clinical program. Before they may enter the CDP, students must complete a physical examination, including Mantoux skin test or chest x-ray and other laboratory tests (including proof of immunity to rubella), as specified in contractual agreements with clinical facilities.
  • Upper division standing and completion of the first two years of the Nutritional Science major. Because of the intensity of the CDP, undergraduate students must complete all lower division general education and preparatory courses before they may enter the program.
  • Graduate students must have completed all preparatory courses for program admission. When admitted, graduate students enter the CDP as first year students in a two-year program.
  • Valid California driver’s license and access to an automobile, or transportation to clinical facilities.
  • Professional liability, health, and automobile insurance.
  • Live Scan Review (background check)

Final approval for admission to the intensive clinical work in the senior year (NTRS 419ABC) is contingent upon recommendation of the CDP Review Board and maintenance of a minimum 2.75 grade point average.

Option in Nutrition (Didactic Program) (24 units)

The option in Nutrition leads to careers in businesses and agencies involved in nutrition-related products and services and enables students to complete the academic requirements needed to qualify for a dietetic internship or supervised practice needed to qualify to take the examination to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is currently granted accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606, (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400.

Supporting Professional Courses (16-17 units)

With approval of adviser, complete 16-17 units of additional supporting courses to specialize in an area of interest.