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Nutrition & Dietetics (B.S.)

  • Location IconBrookings Main Campus

Art, science, and management of food, nutrition, and wellness.

Dietetics is the education and practice of food, nutrition and wellness and offers a wide variety of jobs in the health promotion, wellness, nutrition care and foodservice administration areas. Registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) provide nutrition counseling and are pivotal in preventive health care and community nutrition programs. Additionally, a registered dietitian is essential to the total care of a patient in a healthcare facility, giving nutritional guidance and instruction. Students develop an understanding and competency in food, nutrition, wellness, and management and a background in the basic and behavioral sciences to apply the science of nutrition for the promotion of health and disease prevention. The employment opportunities are in health promotion and wellness programs, public health agencies, foodservice and food production industries, schools, universities, the armed services, hospitals, nursing homes, and state, national and international organizations.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are interested in food and nutrition
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Like chemistry and biology
  • Work well with people
  • Have strong communication skills

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical dietitian
  • Community dietitian
  • Health educator
  • Management dietitian
  • Independent consultant

Recent Employers

  • Avera Health
  • Sanford Health
  • South Dakota State Extension
  • Veterans Affairs Hospital

Clubs and Organizations

  • Dietetics & Health Sciences Club
  • HEROH – Helping Everyone Reach Optimal Health

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.