Framingham State campus

Degree Requirements

The program requires a minimum of fifteen (15) courses: four (4) core courses, four and one-half (4.5) concentration courses, two (2) elective courses, and four and one-half (4.5) practicum courses, together with undergraduate prerequisite courses required for students without appropriate academic backgrounds. Students are also required to register for Nutrition in the School Environment (0.5 course credit), an online course, in the summer preceding the School Nutrition Practicum. The Continuing Education registration fee applies. A laptop computer with Internet access and Windows XP or Vista or above is required in some graduate courses. Framingham State University offers a purchase program.

Students who provide a current ACEND Verification Form indicating completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics may have some core and/or concentration courses waived. Students are required to select additional graduate elective courses for a total of fifteen (15) to replace any waived courses. An oral comprehensive examination is required as the student’s culminating experience.

Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses
(equivalent to the following Framingham State University courses):
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts
BIOL 235 Principles of Human Physiology
BIOL 307 Principles of Microbiology
CHEM 107 Principles of Chemistry
CHEM 108 Principles of Chemistry & Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 207 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 301 Biochemistry
MATH 208 Biostatistics (not required for students having had an
acceptable statistics course within the last five years)
NUTR 002 Orientation to Dietetics (a non-credit 200-hour
work experience)
NUTR 205 Nutrition Science and Applications
NUTR 262 Food, Culture, and Society (not required for
students having had an equivalent foods course)
NUTR 364 Experimental Study of Food
NUTR 381 Introduction to Nutrition Practice
NUTR 478 Community Nutrition
PSYC 101 General Psychology OR
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology OR
ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology

Courses in Human Physiology and in Biochemistry must have been successfully completed within the last five years. Students may inquire about challenge exams; student have only one opportunity to pass a challenge examination.

Core Courses (4)
NUTR 874 Human Nutrition Science
NUTR 903 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism
NUTR 911 Research Methods in Nutrition and Education
NUTR 980 Seminar in Food and Nutrition
Concentration Courses (4.5)
NUTR 827 Nutrition in the School Environment (0.5 course-credit)
NUTR 882 Management of Food and Nutrition Services
NUTR 883 Medical Nutrition Therapy
NUTR 884 Foodservice Systems
NUTR 888 Seminar in Clinical Nutrition

Practicum Courses (4.5)
NUTR 885 Practicum in Foodservice Systems
NUTR 886 Experience in Community Nutrition
NUTR 887 School Nutrition Practicum (0.5 course-credit)
NUTR 889 Clinical Experience in Dietetics (2 courses credits)
Elective Courses (2)
Elective courses will not be offered each semester and may not be offered every year. Elective courses require written approval from the student's advisor.
CHEM 805 Food Analysis
CHEM 808 Food Chemistry
CPSY 911 Orientation to Counseling Practice
NUTR 879 Computer Applications in Nutrition OR
NUTR 970 Computers in Nutrition Education
NUTR 918 Nutrition Informatics
NUTR 920 Pediatric Nutrition
NUTR 924 Obesity and Weight Management
NUTR 940 Geriatric Nutrition
NUTR 960 Sports Nutrition
NUTR 973 Designing Nutrition Education Programs and Curricula
NUTR 978 Public Health Nutrition
NUTR 990 Directed Study in Food and Nutrition
NUTR 993 Independent Projects in Health and Wellness

Coordinator and Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Neubauer, Food and Nutrition


  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.
  2. Refer to appropriate catalog for Degree Requirements for prior years.

Framingham State University

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PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220