Undergraduate Programs

Food and Nutrition Program

The University of Alabama has been educating dietitians for over seventy five years. We offer two undergraduate programs that lead to the credential of the registered dietitian: Coordinated Program in Dietetics and Didactic Program in Dietetics.

The coordinated program in dietetics is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-0995. This option combines the theory presented in class with experience in health care settings under the supervision of faculty or other health professionals. Students are eligible to take the national examination to become Registered Dietitians immediately upon graduation. Students apply for admission to the coordinated program in the second semester of the sophomore year. Admission decisions are based on grades in relevant courses, score on the pretest and letters of reference.

The option to become a Registered Dietitian is the didactic program in dietetics, which is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2,000, Chicago, IL 60606-0995. This program prepares graduates to enter dietetic internships where they can apply the theories they learn as undergraduates in health care settings under the supervision of health professionals. Subsequently, they are eligible to take the national examination and become Registered Dietitians.

In addition to these programs, students may major in Food and Nutrition and complete the requirements to apply for medical, pharmacy, or physical therapy schools. Students wishing to meet these requirements should choose the nutrition sciences concentration.

Restaurant, Hotel, and Meetings Management Program

The Restaurant, Hotel, and Meetings Management (RHM) Program at The University of Alabama was established in 1985 as part of the Department of Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management, College of Human Environmental Sciences. Over six-hundred students have graduated from the RHM program and are employed in a variety of hospitality management positions throughout the United States. There are approximately 300 students currently enrolled in the on-campus program. The Executive Restaurant and Hospitality Management Program (ExRHM), implemented in 2003, enables working professionals to earn a bachelor′s degree part-time using a combination of on-campus seminars, prior learning, independent study and traditional coursework. The Restaurant, Hotel, and Meetings Management Program at The University of Alabama also provides courses through distance learning to the U.S.  Army′s largest e-learning virtual university program, GoArmyEd.