We prepare you for a successful career as a registered dietitian/nutritionist, encouraging you to assume a leadership role in your profession and society.
Optimal food and nutrient intake play a critical role in disease prevention and health maintenance. The field of dietetics offers many opportunities related to foods and nutrition in health care, management, sports nutrition, schools, business, and industry settings. The majority of clinical dietetics positions are available in hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, and private practice. Other opportunities include management of food or nutrition care services in health care facilities, schools or restaurants; public health nutrition; research and/or education in universities, medical centers, and government agencies. Job opportunities in dietetics are projected to increase.
The dietetics major is a Didactic Program in Dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600, ext. 5400.
Students completing their degree requirements at the University of Georgia receive a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, students must complete a supervised practice program, such as an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship, to become eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). RDNs must then obtain a valid license issued by the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians in order to practice dietetics in Georgia.
If your future plans include earning a Master's Degree, consider our dual degree Double Dawg program. You can earn a bachelor's degree in dietetics and a Master's degree in Foods and Nutrition in five years or less! Our unique program allows you to begin taking graduate level courses in your 3rd year as an undergraduate student. You can use 12 graduate credit hours towards both degrees, meaning you'll need just 18 additional credit hours for the Master's degree. Visit the Double Dawgs section of our website for more information about this outstanding opportunity.
Students who have completed two years of college work and are planning to transfer into this major should be aware of the following requirements: preferred courses taken as part of the core include statistics, psychology, speech communication, biology (equivalent to BIOL 1107/1107L), and general chemistry (equivalent to CHEM 1211/1211L). Organic chemistry is required as a part of Area VI courses and should be equivalent to CHEM 221/2211L. Students taking chemistry courses outside of University System of Georgia (USG) institutions must pass the American Chemistry Society (ACS) end of course examination in order for the course to fulfill the requirement within the department.
Breen earned her BS and MS/DI from FDN and is a sports dietitian for UGA Athletic Association.