Nutrition and Food Science

Didactic Program in Dietetics - Current Students

Current Students

DPD Handbook

Please access the current DPD handbook here. It also is available by request from the DPD director. All enrolled dietetic students are referred to this document in NTR 1000 as well. Additionally, the handbook will be available in all department DPD classes via Canvas.

Academic Calendar & Important Dates

For academic calendars and important dates, visit Calendars & Schedules on the Registrar’s Office website

Graduation and Program Completion Requirement

As you approach senior status, it is important that your academic records are complete and accurate. Your Degree Progress Report (DPR) will be used to determine your eligibility for graduation. You need to review your DPR, Curriculum Sheet, and unofficial transcript to make sure you met the minimum units to graduate: Minimum 180 quarter units or minimum 120 semester units, minimum 2.00 GPA – core, overall, and Cal Poly Pomona - and have completed all of the courses in your curriculum sheet.

Curriculum Road Maps

Curriculum road maps can be found at: Curriculum Sheets and Roadmaps

Cal Poly Pomona Course Requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (as of Fall 2021)

***Please note that you cannot use this as a course list for DICAS. Please see below for the course lists. If you do not see your catalog year, please contact the DPD director at

Foods and Nutrition

  • NTR 1000: Introduction to the Nutrition Profession
  • NTR 1210/1210L: Intro to Foods/Lab
  • NTR 2350/2350L: Nutrition/Lab
  • NTR 3130: Intro to Nutrition Research
  • FST 3210/3210L: Experimental Food Science/Lab
  • FST 3250: Food Safety and Current Issues
  • NTR 3280L: Food and Culture Lab
  • NTR 3350: Nutrition of the Life Cycle
  • NTR 3380: Food and Culture
  • R 3450/3450A: Nutrition Education And Counseling/Act
  • NTR 3670/3670L: Institutional Food Service I/Lab
  • NTR 3680/3680L: Institutional Food Service II/Lab
  • NTR 3930: Advanced Nutrient Metabolism I
  • NTR 3940: Advance Nutrient Metabolism II
  • NTR 4260: Food Service Administration
  • NTR 4430/4430A: Medical Nutrition Therapy I/Act
  • NTR 4440: Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • NTR 4460/4460A: Community Nutrition/Act

Supporting Coursework

Communication :
  • COM 2204: Advocacy and Argument or higher-level communication course or approved area A! course
  • ENG 1103: First-Year Composition or approved area A2 course
  • ENG 2105: Written Reasoning or approved area A3 course
  • STA 1200: Statistics with Application
  • ABM 2240: Accounting for Agribusiness or equivalent introductory accounting course
  • BIO 1150/1150L: Basic Biology/Lab
  • BIO 3000: Genetics & Human Issues OR Nutritional Genomics
  • BIO 2060/2060L: Basic Microbiology/Lab
  • BIO 2350/2350L Human Physiology/Lab
  • CHM 1210/1210L: General Chemistry I/Lab
  • CHM 1220/1220L: General Chemistry II/Lab
  • CHM 201: Elements of Organic Chemistry
  • CHM 3210: Elements of Biochemistry
Social Sciences :
  • PSY 2201: Introduction to Psychology or higher-level psychology course

Estudiante de Dietética

The Estudiante de Dietética, also known as the ED program, was developed with the purpose of training undergraduate dietetic students to better serve the Hispanic/Latino community. The Department of Nutrition and Food Science received a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that expanded the dietetic curriculum and develop Spanish-language skills and focus on Latino culture as well as food and health issues.

The program objectives were:

  1. Create and evaluate a novel curricular approach to training dietetic students, which produces dietetic students who are better able to serve the Hispanic community.
  2. To produce dietetic students who are more culturally competent and comfortable working with the Hispanic community.
  3. To develop three dietetic training modules focused on major nutrition issues affecting the Hispanic population and integrate and evaluate them within the curriculum.
  4. To increase recruitment and retention of Hispanic students into the dietetic major.