St. Kate's dietetics major offers you a solid foundation in food, nutrition, and management that is supported with chemistry, biology and social sciences.

Admission Requirements

Students go through a formal “Petition to Major” application process after they have completed General Chemistry I and II and Food Science, the first major course students take. Criteria for acceptance into the major include:

  • Have completed at least 40 semester credits (equivalent to ten St. Catherine University semester courses) of college work accepted by St. Catherine University.
  • Have completed at least three of the ten semester courses at St. Catherine University or an Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC). (Consortium of 5 colleges in the Twin Cities area).
  • Have completed at least one required Food Science and Nutrition (FSNU) course at St. Catherine University with a grade of "C-" or   better. (Nutrition and Dietetics majors may substitute one required supporting science course).
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Be enrolled as a St Catherine University student (ACTC students are not eligible for this major).
  • Be recommended by a member of the St. Catherine University Nutrition and Exercise Sciences faculty or an ACTC instructor of a required supporting course.
  • Have a grade of "C-" or better in all required Nutrition and Exercise Sciences major courses.

Below is a sample academic plan. You can work with an advisor to develop your own course plan.


CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman
CHEM 1110: General Chemistry I
PSYC 1001: General Psychology
EXSS 1100: Women's Fitness & Wellness
History & Literature or Language*

CHEM 1120: General Chemistry II
PSYC 2025: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
History & Literature or Language*
Liberal Arts Core*


CHEM 2010: Organic Chemistry I
BIOL 2200: Introduction to Microbiology
FSNU 2900: Food Science
INDI 1030: Healthcare Teams: Roles & Responsibilities

BIOL 2520: Human Physiology
FSNU 3000: Nutrition
CHEM 2400: Nutritional Biochemistry
Fine Arts*


PHIL 3400: Biomedical Ethics
PSYC 2050: Statistical Methods in Psychology
ACCT 2110: Financial Accounting
FSNU 3600: Food Service Operations Management

FSNU 3770: Nutrition Education/Counseling
FSNU 3550: Food and Nutrition Management
FSNU 4300: Advanced Nutrition
FSNU 2800: Intercultural Foods


FSNU 4100: Community Lifespan Nutrition
FSNU 4350: Medical Nutrition Therapy I
FSNU 4270: Current Issues in Food and Nutrition 
Elective/Liberal Arts Core*

FSNU 4400: Medical Nutrition Therapy II
FSNU 4310: Research in Food & Nutrition
CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice
Elective/Liberal Arts Core*

Additional requirements​

Related work experience is required for dietetics students who wish to apply for a dietetic internship. As a dietetics major, you will be required to complete a senior portfolio of your work during your time at St. Kate’s.

Transfer requirements​

Transfer students may need to complete more than five courses (20 credits) of the major field at St. Kate’s in order to complete the didactic program in dietetics.

Writing requirements

Dietetics majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors and the fourth writing course by completing FSNU 4310W: Experimental Foods and Nutrition and FSNU 4300W: Advanced Nutrition. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other writing intensive courses (CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman and CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice).

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