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Nutrition, Food & Dietetics

Nutrition & Food Bachelors Program

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The BS in Nutrition and Food prepares students for careers involving nutrition education and counseling, public and individual health promotion, and food management.The Nutrition and Food concentration in Dietetics meets requirements that prepare students to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), as well as to prepare students for a variety of careers in clinical/community nutrition, private practice, foodservice administration, and food science. This Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A verification of DPD completion establishes eligibility for a Dietetic Internship and examination for becoming a Diet Technician Registered or RDN.

Effective 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). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN].

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.

Interested in learning more about the NUFD program? Listen to this presentation covering career opportunities, required courses, and the dietetics concentration.

NUFD Program Presentation

Food & Nutrition Club

The Food and Nutrition Club is a student-run organization at Sacramento State University serving the needs of students with an interest in health and a passion for food.

Food & Nutrition Club Facebook Page

Career Opportunities

  • Community Public Health
  • Food Service/Hospitality Manger
  • Nutrition and Health Counselor
  • Communications/Public Relations/Marketing
  • University/Research Centers