Discover Nutrition

In the nutrition major, we empower students to nourish the world.

What is nutrition?

Nutrition is the study of how food impacts health and well-being. Nutritionists focus on food from the chemistry to the cooking; from eating for wellness to prescribing diets for health and disease. With a nutrition degree, you'll make a difference in people's lives.

Many professions involve nutrition. Some of the career options require additional study after your Bachelor's degree. Some require the Registered Dietitian credential; others require other post-graduate work such as nursing or medical school. Some nutritionists pursue a graduate degree for a more specialized field of interest or to work in academics. Depending on your personal interests, we'll help you choose the right concentration within the nutrition major to prepare you for your career goals.

Nutrition Major Concentrations

The nutrition major offers three concentrations: Applied Nutrition, which is a Didactic Program in Dietetics accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND); Nutrition Science; and Nutrition and Food Industries.

Read below for short descriptions of each nutrition concentration. You can also link to the online Cal Poly Catalog to learn more about the department, its majors, and concentrations within majors. If you're interested in details of nutrition flow charts and curriculum sheets, visit the Cal Poly Catalog, and select your catalog year, major and concentration.

Applied Nutrition

The Applied Nutrition Concentration is the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program at Cal Poly. We provide students with contemporary knowledge, including medical nutrition therapy, and practical skills to prepare them for successful completion of a dietetic internship and a satisfying career in dietetics, including the option to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).

Nutrition Science

The Nutrition Science Concentration prepares students for post-graduate studies in health-related professions, such as medicine or nursing, by emphasizing a strong background in physical and life sciences as well as human nutrition. Students intending further graduate study in certain areas of nutrition research, such as nutritional biochemistry or molecular biology, should also choose this concentration.


Nutrition and Food Industries

The strategic vision of the nutrition program and trends in the food industry support our plan to phase out the Nutrition and Food Industries concentration, with the recommendation that students interested primarily in the food industry enroll in the Advanced concentration, in the food science major, with additional nutrition courses or a nutrition minor. Alternatively, students more interested in Human Nutrition could enroll in the Nutrition Science concentration, in the nutrition major, and take additional food science courses, or a food science minor.

We will continue to serve students currently enrolled in the Nutrition and Food Industries Concentration until graduation, but urge students to consider the options described. As we approach the phase-out of the Nutrition and Food Industries concentration there is the increased probability that classes included in that curriculum will not be offered.


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