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.   These students may opt to take some of these courses on the graduate level for graduate credit.  If interested in this route please contact the program director for details. 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

Undergraduate program plan

Undergraduate program for Transfer Students

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. 

Program requirements

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:

  • Complete all coursework outlined for a degree or verification statement
  • Complete BSC 250/250L and BSC 251/251L with a "C" or better and NFS 362 with a "B" or better in order to enroll in NFS 320/320L.
  • Complete all required science courses (CHE 106, CHE 106L, BSC 250, BSC 250L, BSC 251, BSC 251L, CHE 251, CHE 251L, CHE 420) with a "C" or better before enrolling in NFS 485/485L and NFS 410.
  • 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.
  • No course may be repeated more than once. 

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.

For more information on the Dietetic Internship: click here

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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