Dietetics, B.S.E.

Examine the science of food and the role of nutrients in the body to promote and maintain health. The food and nutrition program offers the dietetics major. This program challenges you to strive for excellence and provide a pathway to graduate study. The University of Dayton dietetics major is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACENDand provides the first step to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). 

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Program Overview

Through the dietetics program, students will integrate the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to gain a thorough understanding of food, food management and medical nutrition therapy.

In the dietetics curriculum, students will take rigorous science and math based coursework to build foundational knowledge and skills in order to prepare students for the second step towards become a Registered Dietitian, successful completion of a dietetic internship program.  To gain familiarity with the profession and gain experience in the field, students will be required to join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a student member, as well as complete work experience related to dietetics.

As a dietetics major, you will apply to a dietetic internship program during the second semester of your senior year. After successfully completing the postbaccalaureate program, which is usually eight to 11 months in length, you will be eligible to sit for examination to become a registered dietitian.

By completing the academic and post-baccalaureate internship program and successfully completing the RD credential exam, the RD is recognized as the food and nutrition expert. RDs can work in the public health and community settings to provide population based or individual based interventions for the prevention of disease in the community, corporate, or school setting.  Registered dietitians administer medical nutrition therapy for the treatment of diseases often as part of multidisciplinary teams in hospitals, private practice and other health care settings. In addition to these settings, RDs can work in research, sports nutrition, health care management, journalism, and the food and nutrition industry.

Acceptance into a postbaccalaureate program is very competitive and based on grade point average, recommendation letters, work experience, extracurricular activities, motivation and knowledge of the profession. A grade point average above 3.5 in both the major and support courses is recommended.

The didactic program in dietetics is currently granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Suite 2000, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606, 800-877-1600

Academic Requirements

Program requirements for all programs can be found in the online Catalog.

Additional Information

A variety of opportunities are available to students majoring in dietetics. Whether you're curious what career opportunities await you; what internships, research projects or student clubs are available; or who your professors will be, we can help you find the answers.