Sep 26, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 

Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management, Comprehensive Major (B.S.)

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Majors in nutrition, dietetics, and hospitality management may prepare for positions in dietetics, in hospitality management , in community nutrition programs, and in the food industry, as well as in other related areas.

It is highly recommended that students see their advisers to plan their sequence of courses.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.


Special Requirements

Students must obtain the Illinois State Sanitation Certificate and meet current Illinois Department of Public Health requirements for food handlers and certification in first aid, cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and 2-step tuberculin (TB) test. Students must earn a grade of C or better in FCNS prerequisite courses before they can enroll in any successive FCNS course to meet the requirements for a nutrition, dietetics, and hospitality management major. Liability insurance for internships is provided through a course fee.

For Emphasis 2, Nutrition and Dietetics, major GPA will be calculated using requirements in and outside of the school. Refer to all courses listed in Emphasis 2.

Emphasis 1. Hospitality Management

The mission of the Hospitality Management emphasis is to engage students to develop the foundational knowledge, demonstrated skills and professional attitudes required for contemporary and future practice or advanced study in the fields of hospitality. Majors in this emphasis engage in practical experiences such as operating a dining facility, observing hotel operations, and completing internships in the hospitality industry.

Requirements outside School (27-28)

Total Hours for Emphasis 1, Hospitality Administration: 75-78

Emphasis 2. Nutrition, Health, and Wellness

Completion of the dietetics focus satisfies the academic requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy). The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Students seeking verification of DPD completion must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 in DPD program courses (see adviser). In addition these students must achieve a grade of B or better in both of the following DPD courses: FCNS 310 and FCNS 415. The major GPA for the students pursuing DPD verification will be calculated using Requirements in and outside of the school. DPD verification is a prerequisite to securing placement in an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program. Students are also strongly recommended to acquire work experience in patient care and food service to enhance eligibility for the internship program.

Postbaccalaureate students
Postbaccalaureate students without degrees from an ACEND accredited nutrition degree program who wish to complete DPD verification by NIU must consult with the DPD director prior to NIU enrollment to determine required course work. Additional course work may be required to earn a second baccalaureate degree. Students should consult with an academic adviser.

Requirements outside School (40-42)

Total Hours for Emphasis 2, Nutrition, Health and Wellness: 73-78

B. S. Degree Completion Program in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management with an emphasis in Hospitality Management

The focus of this program is baccalaureate-level education for Hospitality Management. This degree program is uniquely designed for individuals who have finished their AAS (Associate in Applied Science) in Hospitality Management or related degree. The degree program is offered primarily online.
To receive the degree, a student must satisfy all university graduation requirements and must have completed an applied associate degree.

Students interested in the B.S. degree completion program in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality
Management with an emphasis in Hospitality Management should contact a program adviser for a pre-admission interview and course counseling session. Upon completion of the pre-admission interview and admission to NIU, proficiency credit may be awarded for FCNS 202, FCNS 302, FCNS 316, and FCNS 320.

Additional proficiency credit may be awarded as determined at the pre-admission advising session, to be posted upon completion of degree requirements. Students must complete 30 semester hours at NIU, excluding proficiency credit. In this completion program, students are exempt from the 30 semester hour residency requirement.

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