Degree plan

General Education Curriculum


GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)


  • ENG 101 - Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 - Composition Two 3 hrs.

GEC 02. Natural Science and Mathematics (11 minimum hours)


Science Requirement (8 hours)

Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111 - General Astronomy I 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 111L - General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr


  • AST 112 - General Astronomy II 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 112L - General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • BSC 103 - Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 103L - Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊

  • BSC 110 - Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 110L - Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr. ◊

  • BSC 111 - Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 111L - Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr. ◊

  • BSC 250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. * AND
  • BSC 250L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • BSC 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. * AND
  • BSC 251L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • CHE 104 - Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 104L - Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 106 - General Chemistry I 3 hrs. *AND
  • CHE 106L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • CHE 107 - General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L - General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 104 - Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L - Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GHY 105 - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L - Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 101 - Physical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 101L - Physical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • GLY 103 - Historical Geology 3 hrs. AND
  • GLY 103L - Historical Geology Laboratory 1 hr.

  • MAR 151 - Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. AND
  • MAR 151L - Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 103 - Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L - Introductory Physics Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 111 - General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L - General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 112 - General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L - General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 201 - General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 201L - General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PHY 202 - General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 202L - General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.

  • PSC 190 - Living in a Material World 3 hrs.

  • PSC 190L - Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr.
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

  • MAT 100 - Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 - College Algebra 3 hrs. *
  • Higher-level MAT course

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)


  • ENG 203 - World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

  • HIS 101 - World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
  • HIS 102 - World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • PHI 151 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 - Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 - Comparative Religion 3 hrs.

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 - Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 - Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 - The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.
  • THE 100 - Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs. *
  • COH 100 - Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs. *
  • ECO 101 - Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 - World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 - American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 hrs. *
  • SOC 101 - Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs. *

GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (Major Area)


  • NFS 445 - Financial Management in Nutrition and Food Systems 3 hrs.

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (Major Area)


  • NFS 463 - Community Nutrition 3 hrs. (WI) AND
  • NFS 463L - Community Nutrition Laboratory 1 hr. (WI)
  • ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking Intensive Requirement (Major Area)


  • NFS 330 - Communication Techniques in Nutrition 2 hrs. (SI)

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)


  • NFS 480 - Current Issues in Nutrition and Food Systems 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101  & ENG 102  prerequisites

Note:


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

◊ GEC restrictions apply.

GEC 06 - GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here.

Program Curriculum


DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (58 hours)


  • NFS 272 - Principles of Food Preparation 2 hrs.
  • NFS 272L - Principles of Food Preparation Laboratory 1 hr.
  • NFS 330 - Communication Techniques in Nutrition 2 hrs. (SI)
  • NFS 330L - Communication Techniques in Nutrition Laboratory 1 hr. (SI)
  • NFS 362 - Nutrition 3 hrs.
  • NFS 365 - Dietetic Professions: Practice and Research 2 hrs.
  • NFS 385 - Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3 hrs.
  • NFS 410 - Macronutrient Metabolism 3 hrs.
  • NFS 411 - Micronutrient Metabolism 3 hrs.
  • NFS 420 - Lifecycle Nutrition 3 hrs.
  • NFS 420L - Lifecycle Nutrition Lab 1 hr.
  • NFS 430 - Experimental Foods 3 hrs.
  • NFS 430L - Experimental Foods Lab 1 hr.
  • NFS 445 - Financial Management in Nutrition and Food Systems 3 hrs.
  • NFS 455 - Nutrition and Weight Control 3 hrs.
  • NFS 463 - Community Nutrition 3 hrs. (WI)
  • NFS 465 - Seminar 1 hr.
  • NFS 475 - Food Production Management 3 hrs.
  • NFS 476 - Food Production Management II 1 hr.
  • NFS 476L - Food Production Management II Laboratory 2 hrs.
  • NFS 477 - Administrative Dietetics 1 hr.
  • NFS 477L - Administrative Dietetics Laboratory 2 hrs.
  • NFS 480 - Current Issues in Nutrition and Food Systems 3 hrs. (Capstone)
  • NFS 485 - Medical Nutrition Therapy II 2 hrs.
  • NFS 485L - Medical Nutrition Therapy II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • NFS 486 - Medical Nutrition Therapy III 2 hrs.
  • NFS 486L - Medical Nutrition Therapy III Laboratory 1 hr.

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (26-45 hours)


  • ACC 200 - Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 hrs.
  • BSC 250 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 250L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • BSC 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. *AND
  • BSC 251L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • BSC 381 - Microorganisms in Health and Disease 3 hrs.


  • CHE 106 - General Chemistry I 3 hrs. *AND
  • CHE 106L - General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr. *

  • CHE 251 - Elementary Organic Chemistry 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 251L - Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 hr.

  • CHE 420 - Principles of Biochemistry 3 hrs.
  • DPH 440 - Introduction to Biostatistics 3 hrs.
  • COH 100 - Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs. *
  • MGT 300 - Management for Organizations 3 hrs.
  • MLS 201 - Medical Terminology 2 hr.
  • MAT 101 - College Algebra 3 hrs. *
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 hrs. *
Select 1 course:

  • ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs. *
  • SOC 101 - Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs. *

DEG 03. Electives


Choose electives as needed with advisor's approval. (See Hours to Degree below.)

Students Majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics must meet the following criteria:


  • 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, and DEG 03.

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.