The Nutrition major is designed for students interested in basic and applied sciences, and students are able to pursue one of two concentrations: the Dietetics Concentration or the Basic Science Concentration. The Dietetics Concentration of the Nutrition Major is accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, url http://www.eatright.org/ACEND. As such, graduates are eligible to apply for ACEND- accredited dietetic internship programs. Completion of a dietetic internship is required to take the Registration Examination and become a Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. RDs or RDNs are food and nutrition professionals who unite the science of nutrition with application of nutrition principles to improve health through interventions, including education and counseling, at the community and individual levels or by addressing nutritional aspects of medical problems in clinical practice. Many work in acute care hospitals, long-term care, and medical offices as members of the health care team or in community-based settings. Growing areas of practice include sports nutrition, corporate wellness, journalism, and the food and nutrition industry. Students may receive more information from the department about RD/RDN requirements. Students completing this concentration may also choose to pursue graduate study or complete additional prerequisite requirements for health professional programs outside of nutrition and dietetics.
uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)
Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.
Progression and Retention Requirements for Students not Following uTrack Requirements
Progression in the nutrition major, regardless of concentration, requires a minimum undergraduate UT cumulative GPA of 2.8 after a minimum 45 hours of undergraduate coursework and completion of CHEM 120 *-CHEM 130 *, BCMB 230 , and NUTR 100 * with a grade of C or higher. Applications are due February 1 and are available on the departmental website. Transfer cumulative GPA will be used for new transfer students. If all courses are not yet completed, provisional admission may be offered contingent upon successfully meeting course requirements prior to start of the fall semester.
Students admitted to the Nutrition major, with a Dietetics Concentration, must enroll in NUTR 311 and should enroll in HRT 210 in the fall semester in order to remain in the program. Students admitted to the Nutrition major, regardless of concentration, must enroll in NUTR 313 and NUTR 314 in the subsequent spring semester in order to remain in the program. If a student earns a grade of less than C in a nutrition course, he/she will be dropped from the program and must reapply. In order to graduate with a major in nutrition, regardless of concentration, students must earn a grade of C or better in every required nutrition course.