Dietetics (B.S.)

The dietetics program focuses on the study of food and nutrition in relation to preventing and treating disease and maintaining and promoting good health. Dietetics is a people-oriented, science-focused and evidence-based field.

Studying dietetics is the first step toward earning the registered dietitian professional credential. Many dietitians work in clinical health care settings such as hospitals and extended-care facilities.

The MSU Dietetics undergraduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) in Nutrition and Dietetics as a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) that meets or exceeds the minimum academic requirements for professionally qualified dietitians. MSU has one of the largest dietetics programs in the United States.

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Core areas of study include:

  • Nutrition and foods
  • Chemistry and biochemistry
  • Physiology and psychology
  • Management skills and processes
  • Medical nutrition therapy

Enrollment in the dietetics major is limited, and the profession requires acceptance into a competitive post-bachelor’s dietetic internship in order to be eligible to take the registered dietitian examination. Learn more about the dietetics major entry requirement.

Learn more about required courses in the undergraduate dietetics program.

Read more on the Mission, Goals, and Outcome Measures of the MSU DPD program.

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Dietetics Graduates

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Career Opportunities

A large number of dietitians work in a clinical practice like a hospital or extended care facility. Many dietitians also work in community health settings, such as at a health departments and with programs for at-risk populations, including children and seniors. 

Some dietitians' responsibilities are concentrated in the food service operations where dietary modifications may be necessary.

Dietetics prepares students for a variety of career paths:

  • Clinical nutrition practice
  • Public health nutrition
  • Corporate wellness/health promotion
  • Higher education
  • Food industry
  • Food service management
  • Private practice/nutritional counseling
  • See more descriptions on the the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Fact Sheet

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with past graduates, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in nutrition, dietetics and food-related fields.

Student Stories

Dietetics student finds studies applicable broadly in life and sports

October 25, 2021

MSU athlete Alixandra Krawcke wants to work as a sports dietician or in research after pursuing a master’s degree following graduation.

Dietetics student aspires to be a leader in the healthcare industry

October 6, 2021

Student Madeline Marcero finds ways to serve and connect with others while at Michigan State University.

Dietetics Advisor

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Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are education abroad and undergraduate research opportunities.

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:

  • Food and Nutrition Association.
  • Nutritional Sciences Student Organization.
  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education Club.
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.

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