Accelerated Dual Degree in Nutrition Sciences BS/MS

Major: Nutrition and Food Science (BS) and Human Nutrition (MS)
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 229.5

Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1031

About the Program

The Accelerated Dual-Degree in Nutrition Sciences is an academic track that enables students to complete both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in five years, in preparation for becoming a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN). Students pursue the Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Food Science during their first four years of study and the Master's degree in Human Nutrition during the final year of study. Students are eligible for the program at the end of their second year of study if they have achieved a grade of B or better in all required courses. The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science is awarded following completion of year four (first year of graduate study), and the Master of Science in Human Nutrition is awarded following year five. Upon completion of the master's degree, students will receive the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement, allowing them to enroll in an accredited dietetic internship.

Additional Information

For more information about Nutrition Sciences, visit the College of Nursing and Health Professions' Nutrition Sciences Department.

Admission Requirements

The Accelerated Dual-Degree in Nutrition Sciences is available to high-achieving students in the BS Nutrition and Foods program who plan to become Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Current students may apply for admission to the program after they have completed the first two years of the undergraduate degree program. Transfer students may apply if they have fulfilled comparable coursework at another accredited college or university and meet all other admission criteria. Applicants must have earned a grade of B or better in all required courses in the first two years of the program and have taken the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), earning combined scores at or above the 50th percentile. Applicants must also submit a personal statement outlining their goals and interest, and two letters of recommendation from faculty.

Degree Requirements

ANAT 101Anatomy & Physiology I5.0
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
or COM 345 Intercultural Communication
CULA 115Culinary Fundamentals3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
FDSC 154Science of Food and Cooking4.0
FDSC 270Microbial Food Safety and Sanitation4.0
FDSC 350Experimental Foods: Product Development3.0
FDSC 506Food Composition & Behavior3.0
HRM 215Commercial Food Production4.0
HRM 455Hospitality Human Resources Management3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
NFS 100Nutrition, Foods, and Health2.0
NFS 101Introduction to Nutrition & Food1.0
NFS 203Nutrition II: Nutrition in the Lifecycle4.0
NFS 215Nutritional Chemistry3.0
NFS 217Nutrient Quality & Composition1.0
NFS 230Intermediate Nutrition4.0
NFS 265Professional Issues in Nutrition and Foods3.0
NFS 345Foods and Nutrition of World Cultures3.0
NFS 415Advanced Nutrition I: Macronutrition4.0
NFS 416Advanced Nutrition II: Micronutrients4.0
NFS 450Advanced Nutritional Chemistry I 3.0
NFS 451Advanced Nutritional Chemistry II3.0
NFS 494Senior Project I2.0
NFS 495Senior Project II2.0
NFS 496Senior Project III2.0
NFS 510Profession of Dietetics3.0
NFS 525Nutritional Assessment Through the Life Cycle3.0
NFS 526Lifecycle Nutrition3.0
NFS 530Macronutrient Metabolism3.0
NFS 531Micronutrient Metabolism3.0
NFS 543Medical Nutrition Therapy I3.0
NFS 544Medical Nutrition Therapy II3.0
NFS 545Nutrition in Critical Care3.0
NFS 546World Nutrition3.0
NFS 550Foodservice Systems Management3.0
NFS 601Research Methods3.0
NFS 630Nutrition Counseling3.0
NFS 690Community Nutrition3.0
NFS 997Research9.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
or ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Diversity
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
Free electives27.0
Graduate electives15.0
Total Credits229.5

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
NFS 100Nutrition, Foods, and Health2.0
NFS 101Introduction to Nutrition & Food1.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits13.5
Term 2
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
 Term Credits14.5
Term 3
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
FDSC 154Science of Food and Cooking4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
ANAT 101Anatomy & Physiology I5.0
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
NFS 230Intermediate Nutrition4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 5
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
CULA 115Culinary Fundamentals3.0
FDSC 270Microbial Food Safety and Sanitation4.0
NFS 215Nutritional Chemistry3.0
NFS 217Nutrient Quality & Composition1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
COM 345*Intercultural Communication3.0
NFS 203Nutrition II: Nutrition in the Lifecycle4.0
NFS 265Professional Issues in Nutrition and Foods3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
SOC 101
or ANTH 101
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Cultural Diversity
3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
FDSC 350Experimental Foods: Product Development3.0
HRM 215Commercial Food Production4.0
NFS 415Advanced Nutrition I: Macronutrition4.0
NFS 450Advanced Nutritional Chemistry I 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 9
COM 310 [WI] *Technical Communication3.0
NFS 416Advanced Nutrition II: Micronutrients4.0
NFS 451Advanced Nutritional Chemistry II3.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
FDSC 506Food Composition & Behavior3.0
NFS 494Senior Project I2.0
NFS 510Profession of Dietetics3.0
NFS 531Micronutrient Metabolism3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 11
NFS 495Senior Project II2.0
NFS 525Nutritional Assessment Through the Life Cycle3.0
NFS 530Macronutrient Metabolism3.0
Free electives6.0
Graduate-level elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 12
HRM 455Hospitality Human Resources Management3.0
NFS 345Foods and Nutrition of World Cultures3.0
NFS 496Senior Project III2.0
NFS 526Lifecycle Nutrition3.0
NFS 601Research Methods3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 13
NFS 543Medical Nutrition Therapy I3.0
NFS 630Nutrition Counseling3.0
NFS 997Research3.0
Graduate-level elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 14
NFS 544Medical Nutrition Therapy II3.0
NFS 690Community Nutrition3.0
NFS 997Research3.0
Graduate-level elective6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 15
NFS 545Nutrition in Critical Care3.0
NFS 546World Nutrition3.0
NFS 550Foodservice Systems Management3.0
NFS 997Research3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 229.5

Nutrition Sciences Faculty

Joseph I. Boullata, PharmD, RPh, BCSNP, FASPEN, VACN (University of Maryland). Clinical Professor. Nutrition-medication interactions; Vitamin D metabolism; Nutrition support.
Elizabeth Brooks, JD, IBCLC (George Washington University) Human Lactation Program. Instructor.
Charlene Compher, PhD, RD, CNSC, LDN, FAND, FASPEN (Drexel University) Courtesy Appointment. Visiting Research Professor.
Nyree Dardarian, MS, RDN, LDN, CSSD, FAND (Drexel University) Director, Center for Nutrition & Performance. Clinical Assistant Professor. Energy expenditure; Sports nutrition
Franceso De Luca, MD (Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy) Courtesy Appointment. Visiting Research Professor.
Angelo Del Parigi, MD (University of Bari, Italy) Courtesy Appointment. Visiting Research Professor.
Garrison L. Draper, MSc, CSCS, USAW, ISPAS (Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA) Courtesy Appointment. Visiting instructor
Susan Ettinger, PhD, RD, DABN, CDN (Columbia University) Courtesy Appointment. Visiting Research Professor.
Debi Page Ferrarello, RN, MSN, MS, IBCLC, RLC (Jefferson University, Arcadia University). Instructor. Human Lactation Certificate Program
Susan Fuchs, IBCLC (Drexel University). Instructor. Human Lactation Certificate Program
Andrea Judge, MPH, IBCLC, RLC (University of North Carolina). Clinical Instructor. Human Lactation Certificate Program
Joseph Kehayias, PhD (Indiana University). Professor. Body composition analyses; Measurement of sarcopenia; Osteoporosis; Energy expenditure.
Tanya V.E. Kral, PhD (Pennsylvania State University) Courtesy Appointment. Visiting Research Professor.
Beth L. Leonberg, MS, MA, RDN, FAND (Colorado State University, Rowan University) Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics . Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric nutrition.
Rachelle Lessen, MS, RD, IBCLC, LDN (Arcadia University). Instructor. Human Lactation Certificate Program
Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD (Arizona State University). Assistant Professor. Development and evaluation of modifications in the natural environment to promote healthier living; Farm to table school initiatives
Danette Morrison, PhD (University of Maryland-College Park). Assistant Teaching Professor. Social relationships, identity development and achievement motivation of ethnic minorities.
Juan Muniz, PhD (Oregon State University) Director, Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory. Assistant Clinical Professor. Food microbiology; Community-based research to assess pesticide levels in homes; Prevention of health effects of pesticides for indigenous farmworkers.
Jennifer A. Nasser, PhD, RD, FTOS (Rutgers University). Associate Professor. Dopamine-mediated mechanisms of food intake regulation in humans and its impact on metabolic homeostasis, especially as it applies to obesity, eating disorders and aging.
Irene E. Olsen, PhD, RD, LDN (Tufts University) Courtesy Appointment. Visiting Research Professor.
Jennifer J. Quinlan, PhD (North Carolina State University). Associate Professor. Food microbiology; Microbiological quality and safety of produce, dairy and meat products in markets in high vs. low socioeconomics areas; Bacillus and Clostridium spores in food processing.
Sobhana Ranjan, PhD, RD (University of Delhi, India) Courtesy Appointment. Visiting Research Professor.
Barry Ritz, PhD (Drexel University) Courtesy Appointment. Visiting Research Professor.
Vicki Schwartz, DCN, RD, LDN, CNSC, FAND (Drexel University) Nutrition and Foods. Assistant Clinical Professor. Standardized patients vs real patients in nutrition counseling
Patricia A. Shewokis, PhD (University of Georgia). Professor. Roles of cognition and motor function during motor skill learning; role of information feedback frequency on the memory of motor skills, noninvasive neural imaging techniques of functional near infrared spectroscopy(fNIR) and electroencephalograpy (EEG) and methodology and research design.
Deeptha Sukumar, PhD (Rutgers University). Assistant Professor. Vitamin D and magnesium and bone mineral density; Obesity and bone mineral density.
Alison Ventura, PhD (Pennsylvania State University) Courtesy Appointment. Visiting Research Professor. Factors that contribute to the development of eating behaviors and dietary preferences during infancy and early childhood.
Stella L. Volpe, PhD, RDN, LDN, ACSM-CEP, FACSM (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) Chair, Nutrition Sciences. Professor. Prevention of obesity and diabetes across the lifespan; Mineral metabolism and exercise; Energy balance; Sports nutrition.

Emeritus Faculty

Donna H. Mueller, PhD, RD (Temple University). Associate Professor Emeritus. Clinical nutrition; Pediatric nutrition; Nutrition in pulmonary diseases, especially cystic fibrosis; Nutrition in developmental delay; Dental nutrition; Dietetic education and professional development.
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