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Frequently Asked Questions

Common FAQs for the Department of Nutrition's undergraduate programs can be found on this page.


The Department of Nutrition offers a Nutrition Minor that complements a variety of majors including Biology, Health Care Management, Hospitality, Tourism & Events, Human Performance and Sport, and Integrative Health Care.

  • Professional health programs (i.e. medical school, physician assistant school)
  • Graduate studies in food or nutrition science,
  • Food safety specialist,
  • Nutrition research assistant or coordinator (i.e. academic, foundation, corporate- or government sponsored research),
  • Food product development scientist, Food industry positions (i.e. food labeling specialist, brand management, marketing and advertising, recipe testing)

One of the career options for a student majoring in Human Nutrition - Dietetics (HND) is to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Steps to become an RDN include:

  1. Complete an ACEND accredited DPD program and obtain a bachelor's degree
  2. Apply for and complete an ACEND accredited internship program
  3. Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) 

Yes, the Human Nutrition - Dietetics (HND) major includes a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) which has been granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, #312-899-0040 ext. 5400, acend@eatright.org.

Yes, Starting January 1, 2024 the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Yes! Students can apply for the Human Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program which provides the opportunity to begin graduate courses alongside undergraduate study saving up to a full year of time and tuition.

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