Last fall, 2014, I decided to make a career change to become a Registered Dietitian. I’d apply to a Master’s program in Nutrition, and be on my way.
Not so fast.
With a previous BA in Communications and Journalism, I had a lot of science to catch up on. And because I was interested in going into nutrition, I quickly realized this meant a lot of chemistry was in my future.
Chemistry Prerequisites for a Masters in Nutrition
The undergrad prerequisites vary slightly, depending on which master’s program you’re looking at. But, no matter where you go, you can probably count on needing the following undergrad classes for most nutrition programs.
- General Chemistry (2 semesters or 3 quarters)
- Organic Chemistry (1 semester or 2 quarters)
- Bio Chemistry ( 1 semester or 2 quarters)
Most schools might not list all of these… but don’t be fooled. Sometimes they’ll list only 1 quarter of required Gen Chemistry, and 1 quarter of Organic Chemistry. But here’s the issue – you need three quarters of General Chemistry to get into Organic Chemistry. And, usually, you need at least 2 quarters of Organic Chemistry to get into Bio Chemistry. So, even if they don’t list all of these classes as prerequisites for your program of interest, you’ll still likely need them to get into the required prerequisites. So just be aware of that. [Read more…]