Dietetics

The dietetics major is your first step to becoming a registered dietitian. It gives you the academic foundation you need to pursue a graduate-level dietetic internship and take the national exam to become a registered dietitian.

Ready For Anything

The nationally accredited dietetics major strengthens your understanding of health, clinical nutrition and wellness. Your learning doesn't end with classroom readings and lectures, as it extends to research, community-focused projects and student organizations on campus.

Dietetics students are well-prepared for admission to dietetic internships (DI), as all graduates in recent years were matched with DI programs across the nation.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • A 200-hour professional work experience in clinical, community or food service sites such as cancer centers, hospitals, sports nutrition programs, diabetes summer camps and restaurants
  • Class projects in the community with local schools, after-school programs and community organizations
  • Opportunities to work with Bodyworks, Bradley's nutrition counseling center
  • Research and presentations with faculty
  • Networking and professional development through the Dietetic Student Association and Kappa Omicron Nu honor society

Making Your Mark

Dietitians are in growing demand as health care expands to new clinical, community and business settings. You can work in health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, corporate wellness, sports nutrition, public relations and private practice. Recent Bradley grads are working in pediatrics, businesses, sports dietetics, elder nutrition, school feeding programs and hospitals.

To become an RD, you continue to a DI program — with or without a Master's degree. Some graduates stay to complete Bradley's DI Master of Science. Others have attended Yale New Haven Hospital, Cleveland Clinics, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Oklahoma State Medical Center.

Major Requirements

Family & Consumer Sciences Core - 12-15 hrs.

  • FCS 100 Family Dynamics - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
    or FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 310 Community Program Planning - 3 hrs.
    and 311 Community Program Planning & Evaluation - 3 hrs.
    or FCS 346 Resource Management - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 442 Foundations of FCS - 3 hrs.

Required Professional Work Experience - 3 hrs.

  • FCS 461 Practicum in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics - 3 hrs.

Additional Required FCS Courses - 44 hrs.

  • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 301 Nutrition Today - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 307 Life Cycle Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 308 Nutrition Counseling - 2 hrs.
  • FCS 309 Investigation of Food Topics - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 311 Community Program Evaluation - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 405 Food Service Systems - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 407 Nutritional Assessment - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 408 Management in Food Service - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 410 Advanced Nutrition - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 411 Medical Nutrition Therapy I - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 412 Medical Nutrition Therapy II - 4 hrs.

Required Supporting Courses - 40 hrs.

  • BIO 111 Introduction to Cell Biology – 3 hrs.
  • BIO 113 Introduction to Cell Biology Lab – 1 hr.
  • BIO 202 Microbiology and Immunology – 4 hrs.
  • BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab – 1 hr.
  • BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II – 3 hrs.
  • BIO 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab – 1 hr.
  • CHM 100 Fundamentals of General Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 101 Fundamentals of General Chemistry Lab – 1 hr.
  • CHM 162 Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry – 4 hrs.
  • CHM 163 Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry Lab – 1 hr.
  • CHM 302 Medical Terminology -1 hr.
  • M L 250 Interpersonal Effectiveness in Organizations - 2 hrs.
    or PSY 321 Industrial & Organizational Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • MTG 315 Principles of Marketing - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 303 Lifespan Development Psychology - 3 hrs.
    or FCS 341 Human Development Through the Lifespan - 3hrs.

Required Certificate

  • Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification (as required by Section 750.540 of the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code) or FCS 171 Sanitation, Health and Safety (1 hr.) must be completed before enrolling in FCS 405 & FCS 408.
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