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Nutrition & Dietetics Admissions

Before being admitted to the program, you'll work with a Human Biology advisor who will assist in registering for classes and preparing to apply for program entry. After being admitted to the program, you will also be assigned a nutrition science faculty advisor. You are expected to monitor your academic performance and are encouraged to meet regularly with your faculty advisor to discuss your performance in the program and review progress toward graduation and verification statement requirements.

1 Admission Requirements

In order to qualify for admission to Nutrition Sciences/Dietetics emphasis, students must complete the following courses with a minimum of a C grade:
  • Biology 201, Principles of Biology (3 cr.)
  • Chemistry 211, Principles of Chemistry 1 (4 cr.)

Once these courses have been successfully completed, you can formally request admission to the emphasis using the online declaration of major request form on the Registrar’s Office website.

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2 Graduation Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology with a Nutritional Science/Dietetics Emphasis, students must fulfill UW-Green Bay's requirements as stated in the current undergraduate catalog:
  • at least 120 credits.
  • no less than a cumulative 2.0 grade point average on UW-Green Bay courses.
  • no less than a 2.0 grade point average for each major.
  • required general education courses (including the capstone and Ethnic Studies requirements).
  • a minimum of 30 credits taken in residence at UW-Green Bay, including no less than 15 for the major.
  • 30 credits for the major.
  • writing competency, math competency and writing emphasis requirements.
  • If a student is continuously enrolled, up to five years are allowed to complete the course catalog requirements established when the major was declared.

UW-Green Bay asks that students apply for graduation in the semester prior to the intended graduation date.

Note: These requirements apply to the minimum requirements for earning a Bachelor of Science degree. This does not meet or reflect the requirements for earning a Verification Statement.

3 Program Verification Statements

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement is required for students who plan to apply for a position in an accredited supervised practice program or to apply to take the DTR exam. A student wishing to become a registered dietitian nutritionist must successfully complete supervised practice and take the subsequent exam. Following are the requirements for students enrolled in the DPD Program for earning the verification statement:

  • Earned bachelor’s degree.
  • Earned grade of C or higher in all required DPD courses.

It’s possible to complete all of the required DPD courses, graduate with a degree in Human Biology and emphasis in Nutritional Science/Dietetics and NOT earn the Verification Statement at that time. Students are advised throughout the program of the academic requirements and encouraged to retake any deficient coursework while still enrolled as a degree-seeking student. However, it is possible to return to the University after receiving the initial degree and repeat coursework to meet the C or better requirement and receive the Verification Statement at a later time.

Obtaining a DPD Verification Statement

All students who successfully complete the DPD program requirements and meet the eligibility requirements of a Verification Statement will receive a DPD Verification Statement. Within two months following degree conferral, the Program Director accesses all student records on file to verify that the student has:
  • Met the requirements for graduation.
  • Met the academic requirements for the Verification Statement.

A scanned color copy of the verification statement with the program director’s original signature is emailed to each student using the UWGB email address on file. Note that unexpected delays in the process may occur due to operational adjustments due to COVID.

Verification Statements for Non-UW-Green Bay Graduates

The UW-Green Bay DPD program also provides verification statement eligibility for students that have previously completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree at a US regionally accredited college/ university or foreign equivalent. Individuals who have earned college and/or university degrees outside the United States and its territories must have their transcripts evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service indicated by ACEND to determine if their degree is equivalent to a degree granted by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Requirements to earn the post-graduate verification statement are as follows:
  • baccalaureate or graduate degree at a US regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent.
  • minimum of a C grade in all required DPD courses.
  • a minimum of 15 credits of required upper-level DPD courses in residence at UW-Green Bay, chosen from the following list:
    • Nut Sci 312, Quantity Food Production and Service (4 cr.)
    • Nut Sci 327, Nutritional Biochemistry (4 cr.)
    • Nut Sci 350, Lifecycle Nutrition (3 cr.)
    • Nut Sci 421, Community and Public Health Nutrition (4 cr.)
    • Nut Sci 427, Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism (3 cr.)
    • Nut Sci 485, Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 cr.)
    • Nut Sci 486, Medical Nutrition Therapy II (4 cr.)
    • Nut Sci 487, Nutrition Science Seminar (1 cr.)

The DPD program director will request documentation from the student to verify degree status and will also request transcript and syllabi documentation to assess missing DPD courses or those that have not been completed with a minimum of a C grade. Students should be aware that some courses taken as a requirement at one institution may not be equivalent to University of Wisconsin Green Bay course content and may be accepted as elective courses only. In that case, the student will be asked to retake the requirement at UW-Green Bay. Students will meet with a DPD faculty advisor for assistance with registration and program planning.

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