Bachelor of Science in Nutrition: Dietetics Option



Undergraduate students admitted to Auburn University may select the Pre-dietetics major as freshmen or later in their academic career. Students transferring from another college into any undergraduate major (including Pre-dietetics) in the College of Human Sciences must have an institutional 2.0 grade point average. Information on transferring into a program within the College of Human Sciences is found here.

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Professional Didactic Program in Dietetics - Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the professional component of the didactic program in dietetics, applicants must successfully complete at least 45 semester hours of the pre-dietetics curriculum courses, including:

NTRI 2000/2003/2007 Nutrition and Health and 4 of the following 6 science courses:

  • CHEM 1030/1031 Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1040/1041 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2030 Survey of Organic Chemistry
  • BIOL 1020/1021 Principles of Biology
  • BIOL 2500 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 2510 Anatomy and Physiology II

Students must complete the lower-division pre-dietetics prerequisite courses as outlined below with a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. No grade lower than a "C" will be accepted in any prerequisite course (BIOL 1020/1021, BIOL 2500, BIOL 2510, CADS 2000, CHEM 1030/1031, CHEM 1040/1041, CHEM 2030, HDFS 2000, NTRI 2000 (2003 or 2007), NTRI 2070, PSYC 2010). Criteria for admission include pre-dietetics cumulative GPA, science GPA, and student's personal statements and career goals. Due to the limited number of seats, achievement of minimum standards does not ensure admission into the Didactic Program in Dietetics.

Graduates who successfully complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics are qualified to apply for a post-baccalaureate supervised-practice program, which is a requirement for eligibility to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians and earn the RD/RDN credential. Graduates of the DPD, upon receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition/Dietetics are issued a Verification Statement and are eligible to apply for a post-baccalaureate supervised practice program (e.g., a dietetic internship). Successful completion of the Auburn DPD and attainment of the Verification Statement does not does not guarantee admission into a supervised practice program.

Application for Admission

Pre-dietetic students must formally apply to the DPD typically during the second semester of the sophomore year. The application deadline for admission to the DPD is May 20 for fall admission. Application materials will be posted to the dietetics website by April 1 for admission the following fall. Students will be notified of admission decisions in writing (e-mail) by May 30th. Students receiving appointments must provide a written (e-mail) confirmation of acceptance by June 15th.

A complete application should include the following:

  • A completed DPD Application form.
  • Official sealed transcripts from all colleges and universities other than Auburn University unless other courses already appear on the Auburn transcript.
  • Auburn University transcript at the completion of current spring term (unofficial).
  • A typed letter of application stating reasons for selecting dietetics as a career and professional goals.
  • Resume