Program Requirements

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Food Systems Program Description

The Didactic Program in Dietetics provides the required dietetics coursework leading to a bachelor's degree with a verification statement.  For those students that already have earned a bachelors degree the curriculum is design to allow students to earn a verification statement without completing a second degree. Graduates of ACEND-accredited / approved programs who are verified by the program director may apply for dietetic supervised practice programs/internships to establish eligibility to take the national registration examination for dietitians. 

Degree Information

Plan of Study

Course descriptions

Cost to Student

Requirements for a minor in nutrition

Students completing a minor in Nutrition and Dietetics must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) credits of courses in Nutrition and Food Systems  (NFS), to be chosen from the following: NFS 272/272L, NFS 320/320L, NFS 330/330L, NFS 362, NFS 410, NFS 453, NFS 455, NFS 459, NFS 463, NFS 468.  

Note some courses require prerequisites. All but NFS 272/272L require that NFS 362 and BSC 250/250L and BSC 251/251L be taken. 

Specific application to the Didactic Program is not required; however, students must meet the following academic performance criteria in order to progress through the program. In order to graduate from the program and receive a verification statement, all students must:S

  • Students must have completed NFS 362 with a grade of "B" or better and all prerequisite courses with a "C" or better in order to enroll in subsequent course.
  • Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on required science courses (CHE 106/CHE 106L, CHE 251/CHE 251L, CHE 420, BSC 250/BSC 250L, BSC 251/BSC 251L, and BSC 381) prior to enrolling in NFS 410 with no grade lower than a "C" in any of those courses.
  • Students must have a grade of "C" or better in all courses in DEG 01, DEG 02
  • No course may be repeated more than once.
  • Have a grade of "C " or better in all courses in the major area of study in order to graduate and receive a verification statement.
  • Have a grade of "C " or better in all pre-requisite courses in order to enroll in all subsequent courses.
  • Many NFS courses have prerequisites. It is important that any prerequisites be completed prior to enrolling in a course. A minimum of 124 hours is required to complete the bachelor of science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Hours to Degree

124 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics with an emphasis in Didactic Program in Dietetics. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements for more information.

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Non-degree Students

Students with a prior bachelor's degree may wish to fulfill requirements for the DPD verification statement only and not receive a second bachelor's degree. A DPD verification statement from The University of Southern Mississippi will be issued to non-degree students if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have their transcript evaluated by the DPD director to evaluate equivalent coursework.
  • Successfully complete courses that are equivalent to those used to meet ADA course requirements at Southern Miss. See list below.
  • Meet all other requirements set forth above for receiving a degree and verification statement.

Foreign students may be issued a verification statement if:

  • They have undergone transcript evaluation by a credible evaluation service for foreign transcripts.
  • Their coursework overseas is equivalent to the coursework required by the Southern Miss Didactic Program in Dietetics.
  • Successfully complete courses that are equivalent to those used to meet ADA course requirements at Southern Miss. See list below.
  • Meet all other requirements set forth above for receiving a degree and verification statement.

Contact Us

For more information on the Nutrition and Dietetics Undergraduate program, please contact:

Carol Connell, PhD, RD
Didactic Program in Dietetics Director
Nutrition and Food Systems
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, #5172
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5172
phone: 601.266.6341
e-mail:carol.connell@usm.edu