Dietetics - BA, BS

St. Catherine's dietetics major offers students a solid foundation in food and nutrition that develops out of studies in chemistry, biochemistry, and social sciences. The practice of dietetics continues to expand as more and more research is conducted on the complex relationships between food, our environments, and health.

The registered dietitian/registered dietitian nutritionist (RD/RDN) is often at the forefront of health promotion and disease prevention. Students who have an interest in food and nutrition, and who want to work with the public to promote and optimize health or to help individuals with existing medical conditions are excellent candidates for this field of study. The RD/RDN credential qualifies an individual to serve as the food and nutrition expert. 

RD/RDNs work in a variety of settings, including healthcare, business and industry, community/public health, education, research, government agencies, and private practice. Many work environments, especially those in healthcare settings, require the RD/RDN credential.

Completing the dietetics degree at St. Catherine University prepares students to obtain the RD/RDN credential, which is available after completion of an accredited dietetic internship and the registration examination.

Please note, beginning January 1, 2024, a graduate degree will be required for anyone who wishes to take the registration exam to become an RD/RDNFor more information, please visit: 

St. Catherine's dietetics program is accredited 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, Illinois 60606, (312) 899-0040.    

The dietetics degree also prepares students to pursue a variety of graduate programs or to work in various entry-level jobs. 

Acceptance into the dietetics major depends on the following criteria:

The student must:

  1. Have completed at least 40 semester credits of college work accepted by St. Catherine University at the time of application.
  2. Have and maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Achieve and maintain compliance with requirements for the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health. This includes all required immunizations and background checks.
  4. Sign a statement of understanding after reading the Dietetics Handbook.

Dietetic students should consider participating in undergraduate research with faculty. These research experiences are designed to be collaborative in nature, meaningful to both students and faculty, and contribute to success as a scholar and future professional. 

See also: Nutrition ScienceExercise Science and Nutrition 

This major is offered in the College for Women only.


Related work experience is required for dietetics students who wish to apply for a dietetic internship. All dietetic students are required to complete a senior portfolio. 

FSNU 2300Nutrition Foundations4
FSNU 2900Food Science4
FSNU 3350Lifelong Nutrition4
FSNU 3600Foodservice Operations Management with Lab4
FSNU 3770Nutrition Education and Counseling4
FSNU 3800Intercultural and Community Nutrition with Lab 14
FSNU 4270Current Issues in Foods and Nutrition4
FSNU 4300Advanced Nutrition4
FSNU 4310WExperimental Foods and Nutrition with Lab 14
FSNU 4350Medical Nutrition Therapy I4
FSNU 4375Medical Nutrition Therapy II with Lab4
Total Credits44
Required Supporting Courses
BIOL 2200Introduction to Microbiology with Lab4
BIOL 2610Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab4
BIOL 2620Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab4
CHEM 1110General Chemistry I with Lab4
CHEM 1120General Chemistry II with Lab4
CHEM 2010Organic Chemistry I with Lab4
CHEM 2400Nutritional Biochemistry4
IPE 1030Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology2
PHIL 3400Biomedical Ethics4
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 1090Statistical Methods in Psychology4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
Total Credits46

Related work experience is required for dietetics students who wish to apply for a dietetic internship. All dietetic students are required to complete a portfolio.

Transfer students may need to complete more than six courses (24 credits) in the major field in residence in order to complete the didactic program in dietetics.

Dietetics majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing FSNU 4310W Experimental Foods and Nutrition with Lab . They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and another writing-intensive course in this or another department).