Description of the Major
The nutrition and dietetics major prepares students for careers in nutrition-related fields. The major has two option areas: the nutrition option and the dietetics option.
Dietetics Option. This option is required of all students planning to become Registered Dietitians. Registered Dietitians work in a variety of settings including healthcare facilities, community agencies, industry, and in private practice. To become a Registered Dietitian, students must complete the Dietetics Option, a Dietetic Internship Program after graduation, and a national exam. The Dietetics Option is accredited by theAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Please see our website for complete program information. Admission to Dietetic Internship programs is highly competitive. Click here for tips on how to improve your chances for admission.
Nutrition Option. This option is for students who want to study nutrition but do not plan to become Registered Dietitians. There are three tracks available which provide focused training in specific areas of nutrition:
- Nutrition Science – students who want to study the science of nutrition and use this background for advanced study in the field or admission to professional health programs.
- Health Promotion – students who want to work with the public in preventative health education programs.
- Foods – students who want to work in foodservice management, food safety, or food sustainability.
Students do not need to decide which option to follow until their sophomore year. In your freshmen year, you will take several introductory nutrition courses, including NFS 110 – Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics. This course reviews the academic requirements and career opportunities for each option. Meetings with your advisor, other faculty in the department, and professionals in the field will help you make the right decision.
Admission. Because of the high demand for this major, a competitive admission process is used. Incoming freshmen are admitted directly to the major. URI students in other majors and incoming transfer students are admitted through a competitive admission process. Please see a departmental advisor to be sure that you understand how the admissions process works and to be added to the “Waiting for Nutrition and Dietetics” program.
The courses listed on this page are not all required to complete your major requirements. All disciplines have specific required courses as well as a selection of other classes you can choose to learn more about what you’re truly passionate about. For a list of required courses for this discipline and how to fit them into your schedule, please see the Course Checklist and Semester Map.100-Level Courses200-Level Courses300-Level Courses400-Level Courses
- offers learning enrichment opportunities that will broaden and enhance your undergraduate educational experience;
- features small classes with outstanding faculty and ample opportunities for research and in-depth study and with faculty mentors;
- organizes a nationally renowned honors colloquium;
- advises and supports students in national scholarship competitions;
- advises students interested in graduate study in the health professions;
- offers apartment-style housing;
- provides a warm and welcoming environment to all its members.