Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Online


Prepare for a career in nutrition and dietetics with courses in food science, food management, nutrition therapy and more.

Next Apply Date: 5/14/24
Next Class Start Date: 5/28/24
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Next Apply Date: 5/14/24
Next Class Start Date: 5/28/24

Program Overview


Find out more about your online Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

Explore the complexities of food and nutrition with A-State's 100% online Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. Topics include infant and child nutrition, food safety, food science, medical nutrition therapy and sports nutrition. You will have the opportunity to create recipes, develop meal plans and prepare to counsel others on nutrition.

Upon graduation, you will be ServSafe certified and prepared for a career in nutrition in hospitals, retirement centers, government, school systems, or food service. Complete coursework at your own pace in this flexible, affordable online program.

Completion of this program also prepares you for our master’s coordinated program. Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible for the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN).

Learn industry-relevant skills that employers seek:

  • Food preparation
  • Meal planning
  • Food safety
  • Food service management
  • ServSafe certification
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Food preparation
  • Meal planning
  • Food safety
  • Food service management
  • ServSafe certification
  • Nutrition counseling

Prepare for careers such as:

  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Dietetic Technician

In-Demand Skills:

  • Food nutrition
  • Food services
  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Clinical research
  • Dietetics
  • Food nutrition
  • Food services
  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Clinical research
  • Dietetics

Also available:

A-State offers a variety of undergraduate programs in a convenient online format. Explore our full range of online undergraduate programs.

Per Credit Tuition: $276
Transfer Credits: Up to 90 hours
Credit Hours 120
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Tuition


Pay for your bachelor's degree by the course

A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

Per Credit Hour: $276
Per Course: $828

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You may be closer to Graduation than you think!

A-State-approved credit for prior learning recognizes your previous accomplishments, reducing your tuition costs and time to graduation.

Calendar


Make note of these important dates

Our B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics online program is flexible and convenient—featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

Please note Summer 1 and Summer 2 terms are 5 weeks in duration for this program.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring 23/4/242/19/242/23/242/29/243/1/244/26/24
Summer 15/28/245/14/245/17/245/23/245/24/246/27/24
Summer 27/2/246/18/246/21/246/27/246/28/248/1/24
Fall 18/20/248/5/248/9/248/15/248/16/2410/4/24

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 5/14/24
Start Class 5/28/24

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Admissions


Admission to this online degree is streamlined

Arkansas State University has a streamlined admission process that makes it easy for you to enroll in the B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics online program. Enrollment Specialists are available to walk you through the admission process, so you will be able to complete your application quickly.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • 2.0 GPA for transferring credits

There are several paths to admittance at A-State:

  • If you have 13 or more transferrable college credit hours, you would be admitted if you have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework
  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been out of high school for five years or more, you would be admitted if you:
    • Have a high school diploma or state-approved equivalent
    • Have completed 12 or fewer earned college hours
    • Have never enrolled as a student at A-State

Note: If you're admitted as a non-traditional first-time freshman, you may be required to successfully complete a predesignated curriculum of 12 hours (Certificate or Non-Degree). Upon successful completion, you will be transitioned to a degree seeking program.

  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been in high school within the last 5 years, you would be admitted if you have one of the following:
    • 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average (or GED test score equivalent), OR
    • 19 minimum ACT super score or minimum 990 combined SAT super score, OR
    • Class rank in the top 20% of your graduating class

Application submission requirements

Submitting your application takes three easy steps: filling out the application, submitting your documents and paying the application fee.

  1. When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps on the online application.
  2. Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit all official college transcripts.
  4. Submit official high school transcripts (if applicable).
  5. Submit official ACT/ SAT test scores (if applicable).

Note: If you have 0-12 transferrable college hours, test scores will still need to be submitted for reporting purposes to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE); however, they are not needed for an admission decision. Accuplacer test scores are an acceptable alternative to ACT/SAT scores.

If you have any questions along the way, call us at 866-621-8096, and we'll be happy to help answer questions.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For non-U.S. postal mail overnight delivery only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses


Take a look at what you will learn in this B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics

To earn your B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses, 16 hours of core courses, 48 credit hours of major courses and 18 credit hours of elective courses. Students can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Freshman students are required to take a 3-hour Making Connections course. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Nutrition needs and interventions throughout stages of the life cycle, from preconception through aging.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The role of human cellular nutrition, both macro and micro nutrients, and metabolism in relation to health and disease.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic administrative skill acquisition, leadership and management principles, human resource issues, food safety and fiscal responsibility in food service operations.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Investigates the basic principles of various food preparation methods, meal planning, and food safety.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines the relationship people have with food. The meaning and significance of food in different cultures and the influence of societal factors on food choices.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Principles of nutrition education with emphasis on how to design, deliver and evaluate effective interventions and programs in various settings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Explores large scale food production including equipment, food purchasing, facility design, and vendor relations.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Methods and tools used in screening and assessing nutritional status of individuals. Assessment methodology and techniques include food/nutrient intake, anthropometrics, laboratory and clinical examination.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study and application of the four-step standardized process to identify, plan for and meet nutritional needs of patients/clients in various settings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Exploration of medical nutrition therapy for various disease states, including nutrition assessment, food-drug interactions and appropriate interventions.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The role of nutritionists in needs assessment, evaluation and planning, and program design for a community nutrition education program.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The study of nutrition as it relates to optimal performance for sports and exercise. Emphasis on accurate guidelines and interventions for nutrition professionals.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Continued exploration and development of skills in providing medical nutrition therapy with emphasis on more advanced disease states.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of the dietary and nutritional factors that support normal growth and development with focus on the early stages of the life cycle as in gestation, lactation, infancy, preschool, school age and adolescence. Prerequisites: NS 3113
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Development of communication and counseling skills to assist individuals with nutrition related conditions and diseases make appropriate diet/lifestyle changes which improve health and nutritional status.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The research process and skills needed to evaluate and use research findings in the classroom and supervised practice.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
The behavior of matter with respect to life processes, cells, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, cat anatomy, nerve and muscle preparations and recordings. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with BIO 2203.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to the biology of atoms, molecules, organelles and cellular functions, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and central nervous systems, interaction with external environment.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Major sense organs, autonomic nervous system and internal environment, neuroendocrine control mechanisms, respiratory and cardiovascular functions, oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, liver functions, digestive, renal and reproductive processes. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with BIO 2223.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Major sense organs, autonomic nervous system and internal environment, neuroendocrine control mechanisms, respiratory and cardiovascular functions, oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, liver functions, digestive, renal and reproductive processes. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with BIO 2221.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
A continuation of CHEM 1043 with a focus on the role of chemistry in human body functions.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic concepts of nutrition including factors that have an impact upon nutritional practices. Special attention to age related nutritional needs. May be used for General Education requirements. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to data manipulation, analy­sis, and interpretation for health care professionals. Topics include Evidenced Based Practice, variables, scales of measurement, descriptive statistics, regression, statistical and clinical significance, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and inferential statistics including ANOVA.

You must complete 18 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Courses may be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered as long as prerequisites are met.

You must take the following courses.

First-year course: Non-Professional Track students must take a Making Connections online course. Any A-State Making Connections online course is applicable.

Departmental Option (3 hours)
UC 1013

Communication Requirement (9 hours)
ENG 1003
ENG 1013
COMS 1203

Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)
Students must take MATH 1023 or any MATH course that requires MATH 1023 as prerequisite.

Arts and Humanities Requirement (6 hours)
Students must complete 3 hours of Arts courses (MUS 2503, ART 2503 or THEA 2503) and 3 hours of Humanities courses (ENG 2003, ENG 2013 or PHIL 1103).

Social Sciences Requirement (9 hours)
Students must complete 9 hours of Social Sciences courses, 3 hours of which must be one of POSC 2103, HIST 2763, or HIST 2773.

HIST 2763
HIST 2773
SOC 2213
POSC 2103
PSY 2013

Life Science Requirement (4 hours)
Students must complete BIO 2103 with BIO 2101 lab.

Physical Sciences Requirement (4 hours)
Students must complete CHEM 1043 with CHEM 1041 lab.

Duration: Varies Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to visual art for all students regardless of background or experience. Students learn how to develop cognitive and experiential responses to works of art. This course is for non-art majors and does not meet general education requirements for any degree in Art. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Duration: Varies weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Two hours per week. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with BIO 2103. Special course fee: $10.00. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Duration: Varies weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, chlamydiae, molds, yeasts, and protozoans as they relate to human health. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall only.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall only.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups, and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
United States history. Social, economic, and political developments from Columbus to the end of Reconstruction.
Duration: Varies Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The social, economic and political developments Social, economic, and political developments from Reconstruction to the present. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal training or experience. By exploring the history of Western Art music, learners will begin to connect the development of music with the changing of society and culture.
Duration: Varies Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Basic problems of philosophy based upon readings in the works of selected leading philosophers. A prerequisite for upper level philosophy. Fall, Spring.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
American politics. The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Human society and social behavior.
Credit Hours: 3
Provides students with an appreciation of how various artistic elements combine to produce theatrical productions. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.

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