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.

NEW Nutrition Curriculum Information!

The nutrition faculty proposed significant curriculum changes  to the nutrition program that affect both the applied and nutrition science concentrations.

Please see the chart indicating the old vs. the new 2019-20 catalog requirements.

Overview of the curriculum changes:

  • FSN 230 to FSN 319: The ACEND required food science learning objectives are incorporated into FSN 319 – Food Technology for the Consumer. The change saves 4 units since FSN 319 fulfills GE Area F.
  • FSN 420 to FSN 281/FSN 381: The addition of a 2 unit sophomore level scientific writing course is to prepare students for Nutrition Research (381) and Senior Project (461 or 481). FSN 381 is a number change.
  • FSN 328 and 329 to FSN 331, 332, and 333: Separation of Nutrient Metabolism II lecture and lab & add 1 unit to lecture (332) course.
  • FSN 429 and 430 to FSN 431, 431 and 433: Updated the content to better prepare students as dietitians and other health care professionals. The addition of 2 units provides more time and spreads content across three quarters.
  • Removal of nutrition and food industries concentration

Blanket Substitutions (substitutions for curriculum requirements listed in the catalog; the change applies to all students in the major):

FSN 319 = FSN 230

FSN 328 = FSN 331

FSN 420 = FSN 381

Please Note:

  • There are NO blanket substitutions for the old metabolism course (FSN 329) to the new series (FSN 332 and 333) OR for the old clinical nutrition series (FSN 429 and 430) to the new series (FSN 431, 432, and 433).
  • Individual course substitutions will be needed for those who have already completed FSN 329 and want to change to the new catalog. Please reach out to Cathy Bartholomew if that describes your situation.

Steps for ALL nutrition students: 

  1. Please look at the Catalog Decision Tree to determine which catalog is appropriate to your planned graduation date.
  2. Fill out the survey sent to you via email from Bree Hugins on Monday, April 1st

Steps for nutrition students who plan to stay on the current catalog:

  1. Look at the FSN Department’s 2019-20 AY Tentative Course Offerings
  2. Specifically look at the very limited course offerings of FSN 328, 329, 429, 430 and other courses that require these as prerequisites or co-requisites. 
  3. Plan out your schedule for completing your degree using the course offering information posted. If you are delayed in your planned graduation considering following the "Steps for nutrition students who would like to change to new catalog" to see if it might be quicker for you to graduate on the new catalog. 
  4. Update your PolyPlanner to match your new plan of courses until graduation.

Steps for nutrition students who would like to change to the new 2019-20 catalog:

  1. Look at the FSN Department’s 2019-20 AY Tentative Course Offerings.
  2. Specifically look the course offerings of FSN 281, 331, 332, 333, 431, 432, and 433 and other courses that require these as prerequisites or co-requisites. Additionally, please see the curriculum sheet for the new 2019-20 catalog to make sure you are including all of the required course work into your schedule planning. 
  3. Plan out your schedule for completing your degree using the course offering information posted. If you are delayed in your planned graduation considering following the "Steps for nutrition students who plan to stay on current catalog" to see if it might be quicker for you to graduate on the new catalog. 
  4. Update your PolyPlanner to match your new plan of courses until graduation. 
  5. Schedule a meeting with either Cathy Bartholomew, Bree Hugins or Arlene Grant-Holcomb to review your schedule plan and ensure that you are on track for graduating on time. 

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/Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

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.

FOR MORE ABOUT HEALTH PROFESSIONS ADVISING AT CAL POLY VISIT
https://prehealth.calpoly.edu/

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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