Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

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Nutrition Sciences Admission Requirements

Interested students must complete an advising interview with the School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS) Advising Center.

Students wishing to earn a degree in Nutrition Sciences and become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist must first be admitted to UNLV as a pre-major (NUTR-PRE). Students will apply to the Nutrition Sciences Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) at the end of the sophomore year for entry into the program in fall of junior year. 

The following courses must be completed and a grade minimum must be earned for admission consideration into the DPND: 

  • MATH 124 (grade of C or higher)
  • BIOL 189/L (grade of C or higher)
  • BIOL 223/L (grade of C or higher)
  • BIOL 224/L (grade of C or higher)
  • BIOL 251/L (grade of C or higher)
  • CHEM 108 (grade of C or higher)
  • NUTR 223 (grade of B- or higher)
  • NUTR 271 (grade of B- or higher)
  • NUTR 301 (grade of B- or higher)

A grade of C or higher is required for all other general education courses.

An application for the program is required. This application process will be reviewed with you in NUTR 271. An entrance exam is being created and may be required for entry after Fall 2015. 

To be admitted to the BS Nutrition Sciences and/or DPND), an applicant who is a non-native English speaker must provide proof of English language proficiency. A non-native speaker is an individual whose primary language in the home was a language other than English (or a non-English language) or who received K-12 (or equivalent) education in schools where English was not the medium of instruction. 

Prospective students must take the TOEFL iBT (Internet) exam and earn a minimum score of 100 to be eligible for this program. No other exam will be accepted. 

The program has a cap (50 students) and this number is subject to change. Top ranked students, based on GPA, will be selected for admission into the DPND.

Once admitted into the DPND, students will be considered Nutrition Sciences majors and the designation will change from NUTR-PRE to NUTR.