Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition, Health, & Wellness (B.S.)

Students looking to complete their undergraduate work in nutrition & dietetics should major in the Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Administration (NDHA) comprehensive major (B.S) with an emphasis in Nutrition, Health, & Wellness. We also offer a minor in NDHA. Students prepare for careers in community nutrition and food service management, as well as dietetic internships and meets the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics didactic requirements. Graduates of the nutrition and dietetics emphasis may apply for an internship to become Registered Dietitians.

NIU has been preparing professionals in dietetics, nutrition, and food systems since the turn of the century. To meet the need of a fast growth industry, the food systems emphasis has been expanded into a hospitality emphasis beginning in 2001. As a graduate of the major you would join a large network of alumni across the region and the nation. Among the features these alumni report as especially valuable are the following:

  • A diverse and well qualified faculty
  • Laboratory experiences in the student operated dining facility and in the residence halls food service
  • An active student organization and honor society
  • Utilization of computer and other technology throughout the curriculum
  • Excellent opportunities for undergraduate practicum's
  • A high level of student-faculty contact

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Nutrition, Health, & Wellness

This emphasis provides basic preparation for fulfillment of the baccalaureate requirements for careers in community nutrition programs, dietetics, or for graduate studies in these areas. Graduates with this emphasis may satisfy the experience requirement for registry by completing a dietetic internship. These programs are offered by various institutions across the country.

The emphasis in Nutrition and Dietetics requires 74-75 semester hours and satisfies the requirements of a Didactic Program in Dietetics. 

NIU offers a dietetic internship in conjunction with the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics.

It is strongly recommended that students planning to apply for a dietetic internship acquire work experience in food service and patient care and maintain a grade-point throughout their coursework of 3.0 or above.

Please consult the current undergraduate catalog for complete information about the Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Administration program.

Special Requirements

Students in both emphases must obtain the Illinois State Sanitation Certificate, and meet current Illinois Department of Public Health requirements for food handlers, and obtain certification in first aid and cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). They must also acquire 100 hours of approved work experience. 

It is highly recommended that students see their advisers to plan their sequence of courses. To arrange for an appointment with an adviser, contact the College of Health and Human Sciences office at (815) 753-1891 (Freshmen and Sophomores) or the School of Family, Consumer, & Nutrition Sciences at (815) 753-1543 (Juniors, Seniors, and Post-Baccalaureates).

Post-Baccalaureate Students

A post-baccalaureate plan of study is available for students who want to have a career in dietetics but do not have a B.S. degree in nutrition and dietetics. Applicants whose earlier degrees were in a field other than nutrition and dietetics will be required to complete the DPD program courses. These students must submit their undergraduate transcripts to the DPD director for evaluation for a fee. The evaluation will determine which of the DPD courses the student needs to complete to be eligible for a dietetic internship, an M.S. degree, or to be a registered dietetic technician.