Nutrition explores how nutrients and the foods from which they are derived aid the body in growth and development and in maintaining health and wellness. With the national and international concern for the effects of food and nutrition on health and wellness as well as disease, there are many career opportunities for the graduates of this program.

Nutrition has been a major at the University of Minnesota since 1917.  The Nutrition undergraduate major is currently offered by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) through the Department of Food Science and Nutrition (FScN). There are three tracks in the major: Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), Nutritional Science and Nutrition Studies. Coursework depends on the followed track. However, all students will follow essentially the same coursework plan for the first 60 credits in the major. 

All Nutrition students must choose one of the three tracks in the Nutrition major. Please work with your advisor to help you plan the route for you. 

Please see the University Catalog for degree requirements, and visit the University Honors Program for more information on studying with honors.

Students are also able to minor in nutrition

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

After 60 credits, students may apply for the DPD sub-plan which is required for students interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible to apply for a Dietetic Internship.

Nutritional Science

After 60 credits, students may apply for the Nutritional Science sub-plan which is for students preparing for graduate programs, such as:  Physician Assistant (PA), Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Nutrition Research, etc.

Nutrition Studies

Students may opt into the Nutrition Studies sub-plan at any time and complete a self-designed area of emphasis.