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. If you're interested in the nutrition flow charts and curriculum sheets, visit the Cal Poly catalog degree flowchart and select your catalog year, major and concentration.

Nutrition Concentrations

The nutrition major offers two concentrations: applied nutrition, which is a Didactic Program in Dietetics accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and nutrition science.

Applied Nutrition/Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

The applied nutrition concentration allows students to complete the ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program at Cal Poly and prepares them for post-graduate studies in a variety of health-related disciplines. We provide students with contemporary knowledge, including medical nutrition therapy, and practical skills to prepare them for successful completion of a graduate degree and a dietetic internship to have the option of becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist (RD/RDN).

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.




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