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Dietetics & Nutrition

Dieticians and nutritionists apply the principles of nutrition in a variety of situations. This includes providing nutrition services to health care facilities, developing special diets for patients at hospitals and clinics, inspecting food, teaching people about nutrition and
evaluating nutritional value components.


A person working in a dietetics and nutrition related field should possess the following qualities and skills:

  • Interested in working with people
  • Management skills
  • Possess a strong aptitude for science
  • Have an interest in working with food

Career Opportunities

A dietetics and nutrition major may work in any of these capacities:

  • Manage food service systems for schools, hospitals, organizations, and businesses
  • Clinical dietetic administration
  • Administrative or management dietician or nutritionist

Core Dietetics & Nutrition courses that may be helpful in pursuing the major**:

  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Economics – Macro
  • Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Elementary Statistics

**Specific dietetics & nutrition requirements will vary depending on the baccalaureate granting institution.

Looking for more information? Check out these resources.

  • WISCareers – “Wisconsin’s career exploration and planning website.”  Contact Student Affairs for access to this website.
  • Transfer Information System (TIS) – Access a transfer planning guide for specific majors and UW institutions.
  • Course Schedule – Search for courses available at  UWFox
  • Education advisors – An excellent resource for all your academic and career questions.