Faculty and Advising
Ms. Caryn Honig, Adjunct Lecturer
Ms. Shaynee Roper, Adjunct Lecturer
Mr. Joe Russo, Adjunct Lecturer
Academic advising is every student’s best source of information about academic programs, procedures and sequence of taking courses at the University of Houston. Academic advising services are a vital aspect of the university's active commitment to student's academic success. Thus, the university expects all students to participate in the academic advising process throughout their careers at the University of Houston.
Requirements for Declaring a Major: The minimum GPA required to declare a major in Human Nutrition and Foods is 2.30. Students wishing to gain admittance to the CADE Accredited Track must also complete six hours of natural science and at least nine hours of nutrition coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in these fifteen hours.
For a list of academic advisors, please visit the HHP Undergraduate Advising Center.
Professional Advising for Nutrition Majors
Declared majors in the Human Nutrition and Foods program can now seek professional advising on internship and graduate programs through their Professional Advisor. Professional Advisors are assigned based on the student’s last name:
Helpful Hints for Selecting Courses
Some information to help you plan your courses and to help prepare you for dietetic internships.
Plan your courses carefully with the help of the nutrition advisor - don't wait until the week before school starts to plan your semester schedule. Do you have a copy of your degree plan? If you don't, get one on file now. If you have a copy of your degree plan, get it out once a semester and review it. Plan your future semesters now.
Try to complete the chemistry and anatomy & physiology courses by the end of your sophomore year. You will achieve higher grades in nutrition courses, if you complete the sciences courses first. Your last year at UH should be spent completing the major nutrition courses and obtaining experiences in various areas of dietetics (a vital component for getting into a dietetic internship).
Courses like Food Science II, Medical Nutritional Therapy, Community Nutrition, and Advanced Nutrition have specific prerequisites. Make sure you have completed those prerequisites before enrolling in that course. The prerequisites are there for a purpose and if you have not completed them you will most likely not perform well in the course or the instructor may drop you from the course.
When planning your semester load, think about your current GPA. Most dietetic internships and professional programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0. If you are nearing your junior year, you want to make sure you can obtain this GPA. If this means taking fewer courses, then do it. Too many students take 18 and 20 hours their last two or three semesters trying to finish their degree. This typically results in poor performance for those last semesters and makes obtaining entry into a professional program very difficult. If you have less than an overall 3.0 GPA, seriously consider taking 12 hours maximum.
Students incur charges for a variety of services provided by the university. It is the expectation, as well as a condition of enrollment at the University of Houston, that students satisfy their financial responsibilities in a timely fashion. A student who fails to make full payment of tuition and fees, including any incidental fees, by the due date may be prohibited from registering for classes until full payment is made. A student who fails to make payment prior to the end of the semester may be denied credit for the work done that semester.
Financial Aid: Information concerning tuition, fees and financial aid is published in the University of Houston Undergraduate Catalog and in the University of Houston Class Schedule booklets published each semester. For information regarding student loans or grants should contact:
Student Financial Services
6 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building
713-743-1010, ext. 6
Scholarships are available for those in the Didactic Program in Dietetics through the American Dietetic Association and the Texas Dietetic Association. Applications for these scholarships are typically due in September or October. Please contact the Didactic Program Director (Dr. Sharon Bode) in Room 217 the Cameron Building or call 713-743-4112 for additional information or for applications. As other scholarships or financial opportunities become available, they are announced through the Student Nutrition Association.