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Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)

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

The nutrition and dietetics B.S. provides the knowledge and practical training required for a variety of career opportunities, including careers in medicine, healthcare, health promotion and wellness, sports and athletics, education and research, foodservice management, food production, community programs and government agencies. Faculty within our program emphasize an evidence-based, hands-on approach. Our curriculum provides students with an understanding of the basic and behavioral sciences and the knowledge and skills required to help others make informed decisions about food, nutrition and health. Upon completion of our accredited program, graduates are eligible to apply to dietetic internships and supervised practice experiences. These are required to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam. Some of our past graduates have decided to pursue advanced medical degrees outside of nutrition and dietetics and currently work as medical doctors, osteopathic doctors, physician assistants, chiropractors and registered nurses.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are interested in food, nutrition and health.
  • Enjoy learning about food and its impact on health and disease.
  • Are passionate about helping others.
  • Have strong communications skills.
  • Enjoy science based coursework.

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Sports nutrition
  • Foodservice management
  • Community and public health
  • Individual and corporate wellness
  • Private practice
  • Education and research
  • Registered dietitian nutritionist (with additional education)
  • Physician assistant (with additional education)
  • Medical doctor or osteopathic doctor (with additional education)

Suggested Accelerated Programs

Clubs and Organizations

  • Nutrition and Health Sciences Club

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.