​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

The study of dietetics teaches you to use nutrition in the prevention and treatment of diseases such as coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. All of these are linked to what we put into our bodies. With an environment distinguished by supportive faculty and small class sizes, CMU prepares you to become a registered dietitian. Research, group work and involvement with the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics enhance your experiences. An internship prepares you for careers in hospitals, schools, health care facilities and private industry. Some students choose to attend graduate school.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

With a dietetics degree, you’ll choose among careers such as:

  • clinical dietitians, who provide medical nutrition therapy for health care patients;
  • community dietitians, who develop nutrition programs to prevent disease and promote health; and
  • management dietitians, who oversee large-scale meal planning in hospitals, corporate cafeterias and schools.

You also might choose to be a food scientist/researcher, a nutritionist who counsels people on achieving healthier lives through better eating or even a pharmaceutical sales rep.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Dietitian/nutritionist$55,240 per year21% (14,200 more jobs)
Food scientist$58,610 per year9% (3,600 more jobs)
Sales rep (such as pharmaceutical)$57,870 per year9% (169,300 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the dietetics website or contact:

CHP Student Service Center
Health Professions Building 1250
Email: chp@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-2315

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Dietetics Major

The goal of this major is to prepare students towards becoming a Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR). The Undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at CMU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Completion of this program will allow students to be eligible to apply to a graduate program towards the pathway of becoming a RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist). Students pursuing this major are encouraged to meet with a dietetics advisor to ensure they understand the educational pathway and to complete the program in a timely manner. - Effective January 1, 2024, any person taking the registration examination for the RDN credential will need to have completed a Master’s degree along with an accredited DPD.
Total: 63-70 semester hours
Dietetics Core
(40 hours)
FNS 160
Introduction to Foods
FNS 271
Food and Culture
FNS 361
Experimental Foods
FNS 364
Foodservice Operations
FNS 367
Institutional Food Production Laboratory
FNS 370
FNS 374
Nutrition in the Life Cycle
FNS 469
Foodservice Systems Administration
FNS 471
Medical Nutrition Therapy I
FNS 472
Medical Nutrition Therapy II
FNS 473
Advanced Nutrition
FNS 480
Nutritional Education and Counseling
FNS 481
Community Nutrition: Field Work
Other Requirements I
(5-8 hours)
Note: You must take both CHM 120 and 127 OR CHM 131 and 132.
CHM 120
Survey of Chemistry
CHM 127
Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 131
General Chemistry I
CHM 132
General Chemistry II
Other Requirements II
(11 hours)
Notes: - A student opting to take CHM 345 and CHM 346 instead of CHM 342 must have the equivalent of CHM 132 as a prerequisite. - A student with CHM 345 and CHM 346 may elect CHM 521 and CHM 522, instead of CHM 421.
BIO 208
CHM 342
Survey of Organic Chemistry
CHM 421
Survey of Biochemistry
Other Requirements III
(4-8 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option 1
(4 hours)
Option 2
(8 hours)
Other Requirements IV
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
HSC 544
Introduction to Statistics