The Nutritional Science and Toxicology Departmentís Didactic Training Program in Dietetics (NS-D) combines a strong foundation in the biological and chemical sciences with specialized advance course work that focuses on nutrient/non-nutrient function and metabolism. The application of this field informs recommendations for dietary patterns to achieve optimum health and the treatment or prevention of disease conditions as well as food production and safety.
The Dietetics specialization prepares students for a career as a Registered Dietitian (RD). RDs translate the science of nutrition into practical applications for individuals and groups in clinical, food service, or community settings.
What will I study?
The curriculum for Dietetics provides an excellent foundation in the biological and chemical sciences. It also has a pre-professional focus emphasizing the application of nutrition through dietetic practice.
The mission of the Dietetics program is to prepare dietitians for positions of leadership in health care, education, industry, government, and community health, as well as in professional organizations. This didactic program fills a community need for highly trained nutrition professionals. At the same time it provides the academic background for graduate study in nutrition or related fields. The program is dedicated to excellence in intellectual development and research, to stimulation of an inquiring attitude, and to equality of opportunity.
How much coursework is required?
NS-D requires 54 lower division unit requirements and an additional 46 units of upper division coursework.
All courses must be taken for a letter grade with the exception of free electives or courses that are only offered on a pass/no pass basis. You must receive at least a 'C-' in all courses required for the major.
Graduates of this program must also complete a Dietetic Internship and pass a national examination in order to become a RD.
What can I do with this major?
Graduates of this program receive a pre-professional verification and are eligible to apply to supervised practice programs, in which students will receive practical training in varied aspects of dietetic practice. Such programs are generally nine to twelve months in length. The dietetic program director provides assistance in the application process for supervised practice programs.
Upon satisfactory completion of (1) the academic course work and (2) a post-Baccalaureate program of supervised practice, the student is eligible to take the nationally administered Registration Examination. Passage of this exam results in earning the credential as a RD.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics at UC Berkeley is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400. This program meets the 2012 ACEND Accreditation Standards.
Undergraduate Advisor: Nicole Lowy,
260 Mulford Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720
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