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
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Dietitian/nutritionist||$55,240 per year||21% (14,200 more jobs)|
|Food scientist||$58,610 per year||9% (3,600 more jobs)|
|Sales rep (such as pharmaceutical)||$57,870 per year||9% (169,300 more jobs)|
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.)
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
Introduction to Foods
Basic principles and fundamental processes underlying food preparation.
Food and Culture
Introduction to the practices and beliefs related to food in major cultural groups and societies around the world.
Experimental approach to the study of food: physical and chemical properties, food product development, sensory evaluation, food analyses, food engineering, and food biotechnology. Prerequisites: FNS 160; CHM 342; STA 282 or HSC 544; senior standing in Dietetics.
A systems approach to the production and preparation of food in quantity, including food safety and sanitation, purchasing, receiving, storage, service, and distribution. Prerequisite: FNS 160.
Institutional Food Production Laboratory
Techniques of institutional food preparation and service using a wide variety of equipment. Service to the institution's target population will be emphasized. Prerequisites: FNS 160, FNS 364.
Principles of normal nutrition as related to the health of all age groups. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences)
Nutrition in the Life Cycle
Nutritional needs across the life span. Introduction to nutritional assessment methods, the physiological basis for nutritional recommendations, and evaluation of nutrition related research. Prerequisite: FNS 370.
Foodservice Systems Administration
Study of institutional foodservice systems including recipe analysis, purchasing, personnel selection and development, leadership, decision- making, budgeting, marketing, customer satisfaction and sustainability. Prerequisites: FNS 160, 364, admission into the professional phase of the Dietetics Major.
Medical Nutrition Therapy I
This course addresses the application of medical nutrition therapy in the treatment and management of injury, illness and other disease conditions. Prerequisites: FNS 370, CHM 421 or 521, BIO 392 or HSC 214 and 215; admission to the Professional Phase of the dietetics program. Pre/Co-requisite: FNS 473.
Medical Nutrition Therapy II
The application of medical nutrition therapy in the treatment and management of injury, illness, and other disease conditions. Prerequisites: FNS 471, admission to the Professional Phase of the Dietetics Program.
Biological needs in human nutrition based on current research and its applications. Prerequisites: Two semesters of chemistry; FNS 370; BIO 392 or CHM 421; admission into Professional Phase of the Dietetics Program.
Nutritional Education and Counseling
Teaching strategies, advising techniques, resources, and motivational techniques as specifically applied to patients/clients in nutrition programs and patient/clients receiving nutrition services. Prerequisite: FNS 374; acceptance into the Professional Phase of the Dietetics program.
Community Nutrition: Field Work
Consulting, teaching and supportive research experiences in the field with a nutritionally vulnerable group. Prerequisites: FNS 370, 480; acceptance into the Professional Phase of the Dietetics program.
Other Requirements I
Note: You must take both CHM 120 and 127 OR CHM 131 and 132.
Survey of Chemistry
Elementary concepts in chemistry. For students on curricula needing minimal chemical background or students who need additional preparation for CHM 131. This course provides suitable preparation for the successful completion of the laboratory courses, CHM 112 or CHM 127. Cannot be counted on a Chemistry/Biochemistry major or Chemistry minor. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: High school Algebra II or MTH 105. (University Program II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Science)
Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
Elementary laboratory experiments which parallel the syllabus for CHM 120. Recommended for students in dietetics, sports medicine, health education, and elementary/middle school education. No credit toward chemistry or biochemistry major or minor. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Pre/Co-requisite: CHM 120. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Science)
General Chemistry I
Introductory course covering fundamental concepts of chemistry including atoms, properties of matter, reactions and stoichiometry, electronic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, thermochemistry, gas laws. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Recommended: High school algebra or MTH 107; high school chemistry or CHM 120. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
General Chemistry II
Continuation of CHM 131 including solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, weak acids and bases, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 131. Recommended: a grade of C or better in CHM 131.
Other Requirements II
- 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.
The biology of microorganisms: bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, algae, and protozoa. Does not count toward Biology majors or minors. Prerequisite: one of: BIO 101, 105, 110, 112, 151.
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Elementary course covering the field of organic chemistry. Course meets the needs for entrance to some professional schools. No credit toward chemistry major or minor. Prerequisites: One of: CHM 120, 127, or CHM 132 or CHM 161.
Survey of Biochemistry
Introductory one-semester Biochemistry course. Intended for students in allied health fields, dietetics, and some biology programs. No credit toward Chemistry/Biochemistry major, Biology/Biomedical Sciences major or Chemistry minor. Prerequisites: CHM 342 or 346.
Other Requirements III
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Other Requirements IV
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This class presents applied statistical concepts, principles and methods in the health services industry. Statistical procedures are applied to health, administrative, and medical data. Prerequisites: STA 282 or PSY 211 or graduate standing.
Introduction to Statistics
Descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference, regression. Course does not count on major, minor in mathematics. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses: STA 282, STA 382, STA 392. Quantitative Reasoning. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: MTH 105 or competency.