Major in Nutrition
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.
The 42–46 credit hours of major requirements combines theory and practical course work.
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|Year||CRN||Course Title||Credits||Gen Ed||Prerequisites|
|ENG 101||English Composition||3||5 WE||English competency placement|
|FNI 211||Human Nutrition||3||Chemistry (or CHE concurrent)|
|SOC101 (or ANT102)||Intro Sociology or Comparative Cultures||3||5 SS|
|CHE 111*||Fundamentals of Chemistry I (w/lab)||4||5 NST||*Chemistry placement test required
CHE 111=CHE 106 and CHE 107
|LIB 105 or 200||Critical Research Skills||1||5 ITL|
|BIO 101||General Biology I (w/lab)||4||5 NST|
|CHE 112||Fundamentals of Chemistry II (w/lab)||4||5 NST||CHE 111|
|PSY 101||General Psychology||3||5 SS|
|Gen Ed||General Education (#1)*||*Select from required categories, see below|
|FNI 101||Intro to Careers in Nutrition and Dietetics||1|
|CMM 101||Intro to Public Speaking||3||5 OE|
|CHE 240||Intro to Organic Chemistry (w/lab)||5||CHE 112|
|BIO 326||Anatomy & Physiology 1 (w/lab)||4||BIO 101, CHE 111|
|FNI 241||Nutrition through the Life Cycle||3||FNI 211|
|FNI 261||Organization & Management||3|
|BIO 327||Anatomy & Physiology II (w/lab)||4||BIO 326|
|CHE 371||Biochemistry (w/lab)||4||CHE 240 or equivalent|
|MAT 161||Intro to Statistics||3||5 MAT||Math competency placement|
|FNI 362||Food Preparation (w/lab)||4||FNI 211|
|FNI 350||Nutrition Research||3||FNI 211, FNI 241, MAT 161|
|FNI 441||Community Nutrition||3||FNI 211, FNI 241|
|FNI 445||Advanced Nutrition||4||FNI 211, BIO327, CHE 371 or co-current|
|PED 333||Science of Exercise||3|
|FNI 301||Nutrition Education & Counseling||4||Junior, FNI 211, FNI 241|
|Gen Ed||General Education (#2)*||3||*Select from required categories, see below|
|Gen Ed||General Education (#3)*||3||*Select from required categories, see below|
|Gen Ed||General Education (#4)*||3||*Select from required categories, see below|
|BIO 203||Microbiology (w/lab)||4||5 NST||BIO 101|
|FNI 446||Medical Nutrition Therapy I||3||FNI211, BIO327, FNI445 or CHE371 or co-current|
|FNI 448||Seminar on Dietetics||3||AWR||≥ Junior, FNI 211, ENG 101|
|FNI 443||Food Science (w/lab)||4||FNI 362, CHE 240 or equivalent|
|FNI 450||Food Service Management (w/lab)||4||FNI261, FNI 362|
|FNI 451||Medical Nutrition Therapy II||3||FNI 446, FNI 445, CHE 371|
|FNI 496||Field Practicum (=Elective)||2||Senior Level, permission|
- Minimum “C” is required in all required Nutrition and Cognate courses. A student may repeat no more than three of the required 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 Verification Statement, which is one of the required components to become registered dietetic technicians or registered dietitian
- FNI 443, FNI 445, FNI 446, FNI 451 must be taken at SUNY Plattsburgh. AWR = Advanced Writing Requirement course
*For CHE111, a placement exam is required to determine if you can take CHE 111 (4 credits) or needs CHE 106 (3 credits, Fall) and CHE 107 (4 credits, Spring).
For required General Education (Gen. Ed.) courses: can be taken in any order: You need one course from each of the following FOUR categories:
- Art or Humanities (5 ART or 5HUM)
- World Systems or Foreign Language (5WRS or 5 FL. If you chose 5FL (Foreign Language) it has to be the second level
- Global (5 GLO). A full semester abroad will satisfy 5GLO requirement, but will not provide you the credits
- US/Western Civilization (5 US or 5WC or 5US)
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.Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — www.eatright.org
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 102A
Phone: (518) 564-4247 or
Nutrition Office Phone: (518) 564-4355
Fax: (518) 564-3100