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Major in Nutrition

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” — Hippocrates

Become a Food & Nutrition Expert

A degree in nutrition allows you to become an expert who can work with people to improve health and change lives. You wilI learn about science, the human body and how food and nutrition can promote performance and well-being. You will practice culinary arts, nutrition education and counseling, and learn how to apply medical nutrition therapy, which can optimize disease management and enhance quality of life.

Benefits of the B.S. in Nutrition

This program meets the didactic requirements for Registered Dietitian status. To take the registration exam, attainment of the college degree must be followed by supervised professional experience obtainable through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-approved/accredited programs such as dietetic internships and master’s degree programs. Students may apply for admission to such programs in their senior year or thereafter.

Program Requirements

The 42–46 credit hours of major requirements combines theory and practical course work.

Sample Course Plan for Didactic Program in Dietetics: SUNY Plattsburgh Nutrition Major

SUNY Plattsburgh Nutrition Major Academic Plan
Didactic Program in Dietetics
Total Credits for Graduation: 120
Year CRN Course Title Credits
Year 1
Fall 16 credits
ENG 101 English Composition 3
BIO 101 General Biology I (w/lab) 4
SOC101 (or ANT102) Intro Sociology (or Comparative Cultures) 3
CHE 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (w/lab) 4
LIB 105 Information & Technology Literacy 1
FNI 101 Intro to Careers in Nutr & Dietetics 1
Spring 16 credits
FNI 211 Human Nutrition 3
CHE 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry II (w/lab) 4
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
MAT 161 Introduction to Statistics 3
Gen Ed General Education (5 ART or 5 HUM) 3
Year 2
Fall 15 Credits
CMM 101 Intro to Public Speaking 3
CHE 240 Intro to Organic Chemistry (w/lab) 5
BIO 326 Anatomy & Physiology 1 (w/lab) 4
FNI 241 Nutrition through the Life Cycle 3
Spring 17 Credits
FNI 261 Organization & Management 3
BIO 327 Anatomy & Physiology II (w/lab) 4
CHE 371 Biochemistry (w/lab) 4
Gen Ed General Education (5 US or 5 WC) 3
Gen Ed General Education (5 FL or 5 WRS) 3
Year 3
Fall 15 Credits
FNI 362 Food Preparation (w/lab) 4
FNI 445 Advanced Nutrition 4
BIO 203 Microbiology (w/lab) 4
FNI 350 Nutrition Research 3
Spring 14 Credits
FNI 450 Food Service Management (w/lab) 4
FNI 448 Seminar in Dietetics (AWR) 3
FNI 301 Nutrition Education & Counseling 4
Gen Ed General Education (Global/5 GLO) 3
Year 4
Fall 15 Credits
FNI 441 Community Nutrition 3
FNI 446 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
PED 333 Science of Exercise 3
FNI 496 Elective 3
  Elective 3
Spring 12 Credits
FNI 443 Food Science (w/lab) 4
FNI 451 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3
FNI 496 Field Practicum (Elective) 2
  Elective 3
  • Minimum “C” is required in all required Nutrition and Cognate courses.
  • A student may repeat no more than three of the required FNI and Cognate courses. A course can be repeated only once.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 is required to remain in the Nutrition Program.
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 is required for receiving the “Verification Statement” for students interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist (RD or RDN) or Dietetic Technician (DTR). The “Verification Statement” is not required for graduation.
  • FNI 443, FNI 445, FNI 446, FNI 451 must be taken at SUNY Plattsburgh. AWR = Advanced Writing Requirement course
  • General Education: to comply with the SUNY Plattsburgh General Education requirements.


SUNY Plattsburgh’s Nutrition Program is a Didactic Program in Dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). “The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics —
Phone: (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like to find out more about the nutrition program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Jorunn Gran-Henriksen, Nutrition Program Director and Chair
Office: Hawkins Hall 100A
Phone: (518) 564-4247
Fax: (518) 564-3100