SAR: Dietetics

Sample Pathway

Students interested in becoming registered dietitian nutritionists/clinicians should pursue this track in the nutrition science major. The dietetics track will take an extra semester to complete and financial aid is not guaranteed so you will need to appeal for more aid. Joan Salge-Blake is the director.

Because of the professional accreditation requirements, a student must achieve an average grade of C+ (2.3) or better for four specific gateway courses (CAS CH 171CAS CH 174CAS BI 107CAS BI 108) to enter the junior year. The courses should be completed at BU or be approved by the director of the nutrition program.

Below is an example of a four-year plan of a College of General Studies student pursuing a degree in dietetics. Students will work with their CGS academic advisors and Sargent College to plan their own pathway to a dietetics degree.

Gap Semester Recommended external course: Principles of General Chemistry (equivalent to CAS CH 171). Follow the pre-approval process for transferring this course.  Note: If CAS CH 171 is not available, students may take another approved course towards the major in consultation with their CGS academic advisor.
  Semester I Semester II
Freshman Year* CGS RH 103
CGS SS 103
CAS CH 174
CAS BI 114
CGS Required Courses (London or Boston-New England semester)
Sophomore Year* CGS HU 201
CGS SS 201
CAS BI 107
CAS MA 115
CGS HU 202
CAS BI 108
CAS MA 116
CAS PS 101
Summer Term Human Anatomy Modules or CAS BI 210 — See note below chart^
Junior Year CAS BI 211^
CAS PH 251
SAR HS 251
Hub or General Elective**
SAR HS 230
SAR HS 281
SAR HS 342
Hub or General Elective**
Senior Year CAS CH 373
SAR HP 353
SAR HS 384
Hub or General Elective**
SAR HS 310
SAR HS 385
SAR HS 489
SPH PH 510***
Extra Year SAR HS 415 (2cr)***
SAR HS 467 (2cr)
SAR HS 486
SAR HS 552
Hub or General Elective**

^Note: CAS BI 210 (Human Anatomy) is a prerequisite for CAS BI 211 (Human Physiology). You can either take CAS BI 210 or an equivalent course in the summer before junior year. An additional option is to complete the Human Anatomy Modules through the SAR Nutrition Dept.  Please email Roz Abukasis for further guidance.

*Sargent recommends that students take the specific CGS courses to fulfill the greatest number of major and BU Hub requirements. Please note that external courses are not eligible for Hub general education credit.

**It is recommended that students take at least one elective/BU Hub course from Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and/or African American Studies listings.

***Essentials of Public Health and Undergraduate Nutrition Practicum are recommended, not required.

College of General Studies Program Requirements

  • Two rhetoric courses: CGS RH 103 and CGS RH 104
    • CGS RH 104 is taken during the London semester
  • Two natural science courses: CGS NS 201 and CGS NS 202
    • Dietetics majors in good standing will be exempted from CGS NS 201 and CGS NS 202
  • Three social science courses:
    • CGS SS 104 is required and is taken during the London semester
    • Students select at least two additional SS courses and will work with their academic advisor to determine course selection
  • Three humanities courses:
    • CGS HU 104 is required and is taken during the London semester
    • Students select at least two additional HU courses and will work with their academic advisor to determine course selection

Note: Students who are exempt from CGS NS 202 must enroll in at least one CGS course in semester II of sophomore year.

Continuation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

  • BU Hub requirements
    • Students who take the specific CGS courses noted on the pathway above will fulfill all BU Hub requirements except the units listed below. These remaining Hub units will be fulfilled through the following courses:
    • Quantitative Reasoning II fulfilled by CAS MA 115
    • Scientific Inquiry I and Quantitative Reasoning I fulfilled by CAS BI 107
    • Teamwork/Collaboration (2 units) fulfilled by CAS BI 108 and SAR HS 342 
    • Writing Intensive Course (1 unit) fulfilled by CAS BI 211 
    • You will owe one remaining Hub unit – Creativity/Innovation (1 unit)
  • Dietetics major requirements


If you would like advice, help with planning, or simply need more information on SAR programs, please make an appointment with Academic Counselor, Roz Abukasis on Further details can also be provided by contacting the program directors directly.

This is a sample pathway to be used in consultation with your CGS Academic Advisor.

It is subject to change according to course availability and individual circumstances.

Last revised: 03/11/2024