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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutrition and Dietetics

The Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Food Administration with an option in Nutrition and Dietetics prepares students for diverse and rewarding careers. Study is concentrated in the areas of nutritional science, medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, food science, food production and management of foodservice operations, chemistry, physiology, plus a variety of supporting coursework in related disciplines. The Nutrition and Dietetics option fulfills the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND or The Academy, formerly the American Dietetic Association) academic requirements to become a Registered Dietitian. The student is responsible for reviewing the program requirements in the CSULB Catalog and in the Dietetics Student Manual.

Students must complete a minimum of 120 units to receive the B.S. degree in Dietetics and Food Administration with an option in Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition to fulfilling general education requirements, a minimum of 40 units in Family and Consumer Sciences is required, 24 of which must be upper division. Students need to refer to the CSULB Catalog for specific graduation requirements.

Career Opportunities

Community Nutrition Programs
Health Clubs
Private Consulting Groups
Health and Welfare Agencies
Program Administration
Health Promotion Agencies
Government Agencies
Hospitals and Clinics
Foodservice Operations
Public and Private Schools
Research Facilities
Business and Industry

Degree Requirements

Dietetics Program (DP; formerly Didactic Program in Dietetics, DPD)

The DP is the academic program designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and skills in dietetics that will enable them to be eligible to apply to and to perform successfully in a dietetic internship. The DP is granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with the AND DP Director to verify current AND requirements to become a Registered Dietitian.

Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in the DP courses to receive verification of completion of the AND program. Approval of a student’s academic program by the CSULB DP Director requires that the student complete specific courses, some of which must be taken at CSULB.

Students who wish to take the Nutrition and Dietetics Option as a Pre-Professional degree (e.g., medical) should check with the appropriate programs to verify specific requirements.

CSULB also offers an AND accredited Dietetic Internship. Please review the following website for specific admissions requirements and program content: Dietetic Internships at the Beach

Student Involvement

Extracurricular activities, various internships and guest speakers provide students with knowledge about the many varied career opportunities in nutrition and dietetics. Activities include networking, attending professional meetings, and on-site tours of various industry facilities, plus more. In addition, students have the opportunity to become involved and take leadership positions in the Student Dietetic Association (SDA), Students Active in Community Health (SACH), and Students for Sustainable Health (SSH).


Choose an advising sheet according to the year you declared Nutrition and Dietetics (Dietetics Concentration) as your major:


Choose an advising sheet according to the year you declared Nutrition and Dietetics (Nutritional Science Concentration) as your major:


University Catalog

Advisors go by your last name:
Letter of Your Last Name Faculty
A-E Frank, G.
F-J Blaine, R.


Barrack, M.

Gray, V.

T-Z Wang, W.

Transcript evaluation to meet Academy requirements for undergraduate and graduates: Emily Kiresich.