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2021-2022 Transfer Advising Guides [Archived Catalog]

Nutrition and Dietetics - AS to BS - The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) 2021-2022

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Lower Division Requirements at the Alamo Colleges District for an AS degree

The courses in this section meet the requirements for an Associate of Science degree. The Graduation section in any catalog of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District lists additional Degree/Certificate Requirements.

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV

Semester V

Semester VI

Applicable Transfer Credit Hours

This Transfer Advising Guide provides 75 college-level hours, of which 70 will transfer and apply, as EDUC 1300, 1 SCH of BIOL 1406/1408 and 1 SCH of BIOL 1407/1409 will transfer, but will NOT be applicable towards the UTSA baccalaureate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Note: UTSA accepts a maximum of 66 college-level hours in transfer towards a baccalaureate degree, however per department approval 70 college-level hours will apply for this specific TAG. Students must complete the specified number of advanced credits and credits in residence for their degrees.

Note: For the Alamo Colleges District this transfer advising guide is degree complete but NOT core complete.

UTSA Distinguished Transfer Scholarship

Fall and spring transfer applicants who are transferring 24-66 credit hours and get admitted to UTSA by the Distinguished Transfer Scholarship priority deadline will be given automatic consideration for this scholarship valued up to $6,000* for up to two years or four semesters if renewal eligibility is maintained. The value is awarded on a competitive basis.

This scholarship is competitive so out-of-state and international students can receive a Competitive Scholarship Waiver and pay in-state tuition for every year they hold a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000.

*while funding is available

Milestone Course(s)

*** denotes Milestone Course(s).

A milestone course is a course that is critical for success in this program as determined by the Faculty of the Alamo Colleges District.

AS Approved Course Requirements

º denotes an Alamo Colleges District AS Approved Course Requirement

The Associate of Science (AS) is designed to align closely with the first half of a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.  Students should follow the pre-major AS to BS Transfer Advising Guide for the major and university selected.  The Transfer Advising Guides are developed in conjunction with the senior institution to which the student plans to transfer.

To be awarded the AS degree at one of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District, students must have 9 hours of AS Approved Course Requirements not included in the 42 hours of Core Curriculum.  Please check with your advisor for assistance.

Gateway Course(s)

### denotes Gateway Course(s)

Students pursuing this degree at UTSA must successfully complete each of the Gateway Courses with a grade of “C” or better in no more than two attempts.  A student who is unable to successfully complete these courses within two attempts, including dropping a course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution (including any colleges of the Alamo Colleges District), will not be allowed to select this major at UTSA.

Special Admission Requirements for UTSA BS in Nutrition and Dietetics

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nutrition and Dietetics is part of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD), which is a three-year integrated degree that includes the Master of Dietetic Studies (MDS) with 1200 hours of supervised practice. The B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics requires two years of junior and senior level coursework, while the third year offers masters level courses. Students admitted into the undergraduate program are not guaranteed placement into the MDS unless they maintain a 3.0 grade point average, have completed all support courses, degree core, and Texas core with a grade of “C-” or better, and met all program requirements. Upon successful completion of the three-year professional program, students will receive a verification statement that certifies their eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetics Registration national examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN/RD).
Students enrolled in the Nutrition and Dietetics track who are not eligible to transition to the Master of Dietetics Studies, may earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics if they meet the program and University graduation requirements, but are not eligible for the verification statement to take the national RDN/RD exam.

Admission Policy
Admission to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is competitive. The program has been approved for a limited number of students by the accrediting organization. Admission into the major as part of a cohort group occurs in the Fall Semester.

Admission to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is competitive. The program has been approved for a limited number of students by the accrediting organization. Admission into the major as part of a cohort group occurs in the Fall Semester.

The admission requirements into the Nutrition and Dietetics degree are intended to offer a program with high standards for success. Some of the requirements are known to be a good predictor of achievement in the graduate professional phase of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Students interested in Nutrition and Dietetics will not be able to be admitted directly into the major because this major cannot be declared as a freshman. Students interested in Nutrition and Dietetics must meet UTSA’s general admission requirements and will be admitted into the “Life and Health Science Studies” until all requirements can be met at UTSA. 

To declare a major in Nutrition and Dietetics, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • Must complete all support courses and most of the Texas Core requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be in good standing with the University.
  • Must complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C-” or better. Detailed information about the courses, including the Texas common course numbers may be obtained from the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • Must complete NDT 2043 Introduction to Nutritional Sciences or BIO 2043 Nutrition or equivalent course with a grade of “B-” or better.
  • May not repeat a prerequisite course more than twice to meet the grade criteria.
  • Must complete all support courses (prerequisite courses) by the end of the summer semester prior to entering the program in the Fall Semester.
  • Must submit a program application, transcripts (unofficial), two completed reference forms (program specific) preferably by faculty members, a resume, volunteer summary, and a statement indicating personal career goals, knowledge of the profession, commitment, interests, and motivation.
  • Must have a personal interview with the program review committee members (by invitation) and receive a decision letter indicating acceptance.
  • Must obtain a criminal background check.

Transfer students must meet all the above criteria and meet all the UTSA undergraduate admission requirements. Students that hold a Bachelor in Dietetics or Nutrition related field must have a verification statement (or an equivalent baccalaureate degree in nutrition and dietetics from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution) and will be expected to complete select undergraduate courses/practicums to meet the program’s requirements. Admission is contingent on accreditation requirements and the number of placements available for the advanced practicums. Students that hold a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field would be required to complete all prerequisite courses and all equivalent undergraduate courses/practicums in dietetics and nutrition.  Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check is required for admission and during the semesters in which a student enrolls in field-based practicums. Students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check for practicums associated with schools, healthcare facilities, community organizations, hospitals and clinics. It is the responsibility of the student to determine if his or her criminal history background will present a problem before applying for admission to the program. Students with problematic criminal history will not be able to complete most of the field experiences that are required by the program.

Additional UTSA Advising Notes

Things to do and remember upon Admission to UTSA:

  • Make an appointment with the academic advisor of the major, once accepted to UTSA, in order to clarify department, college and university policies and procedures, to review course sequencing and to help with identifying resources for academic success. A current listing of academic advising centers can be found at
  • Refer to the official source of information on specific courses within the UTSA requirements for this degree plan from the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog or visit the web site at
  • Information on Gateway Courses can be found at
  • Pay close attention to course sequencing and availability at UTSA as it will affect the time it takes to complete the degree program.

Using this Transfer Advising Guide with UTSA

This Transfer Advising Guide represents UTSA’s degree plan and is subject to change at the university’s discretion. It is intended for advising purposes only so students know exactly which courses they can take at any of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District and have the courses count towards degree requirements when they transfer to UTSA. It is highly recommended that students meet with their assigned academic advisor to review all graduation and transfer requirements listed in the Transfer Advising Guide.

The ultimate goal is to provide students with accurate information for transfer pathways while minimizing loss of credits in transfer. Students are encouraged to review UTSA’s requirements frequently.

Course numbers in italics are UTSA’s course numbers.

This Transfer Advising Guide is based upon The University of Texas at San Antonio’s 2020-2022 catalog and is subject to change.

The Alamo Colleges District Advising

Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor about courses and other educational concerns if they plan to pursue a two-year degree program, transfer to another college or university, or simply take a few selected courses. In addition to course and degree requirements, policies and procedures are subject to change; stay informed by meeting with an academic advisor regularly.

Many students who plan to transfer to a university are advised to fulfill the lower-division requirements for the university. With appropriate planning, your Alamo Colleges District team can help make the transfer experience a seamless process. It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they take courses at the Alamo Colleges District that will be accepted by the senior institutions they wish to attend.

For more information contact your Alamo Colleges District team.

Release Date:

Released on August 9, 2021

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