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Pre-Dietetics, A.A. (Western Michigan University)

Academic Program Code:  639
The Pre-Dietetics Program at GRCC lays the foundation to transfer to WMU to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics. This is accomplished by taking the first two years of the program at GRCC and then transferring seamlessly to WMU to complete the final two years of the program. 
The Dietetics program at WMU integrates and applies the principles of the food and nutrition sciences, human behavior, and the biomedical sciences to design and manage effective nutrition programs in a variety of settings. The program includes instruction in human nutrition; nutrient metabolism; the role of foods and nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention; planning and directing food service activities; diet and nutrition analysis and planning; supervision of food storage and preparation; client education; and professional standards and regulations. This GRCC Pre-Major program lays the foundation for students interested in studying these concepts at WMU. The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics prepares students for careers in hospitals, such as a clinical dietitian, food and nutrition services, commercial food establishments such as restaurants, hotels and industrial facilities; schools, colleges, universities and the armed forces; community health agencies, and private dietetic practice. For more information on career opportunities in dietetics, visit www.eatright.org.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work from the General Education course list.  Course work must be selected as directed in the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas. Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement.

Social Sciences

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

General Education Total Credit Hours


Open Elective Courses

Select courses to be used toward your major, minor, or elective requirements at Western Michigan University. Students are encouraged to seek academic advising in making their selections.

The number of elective credit hours that you will need to complete this Articulated Pre-Major will depend on the number of credit hours that remain in order for you to reach the 62 credits needed to graduate in this program.

Exercise Science and Wellness courses, namely the two EXS courses listed below, may be helpful for students pursuing a Dietetics degree at WMU and are recommended open electives. A maximum of two (2) Wellness (WE) credits may be applied to reach the 62 credits needed to graduate in this program.

EXS 203 - The Obesity Epidemic  
EXS 225 - Public Health Concepts  

Courses listed below are equivalent to requirements of WMU’s Dietetics program, and are also recommended as potential open electives.

GH 200 - General Nutrition  
PL 206 - Biomedical Ethics  
CIS 100 - Introduction to Computer Information Systems  or BA 145 - Computer Applications in Business 1  

Total Credit Hours