The Nutrition Science and Dietetics Program offers two bachelor of science (B.S.) degrees. In the Nutrition Science BS, students study the biological and physical sciences, and prepare to work for major food or pharmaceutical companies, or to pursue post-graduate work in medicine, dentistry, education, or health care. In the Nutrition BS (Dietetics), students prepare to work in a variety of health and health promotion fields, many as registered dietitians.
Nutrition/dietetics is the science of applying food and nutrition to health. Upon completion of your degree, and after you receive DPD verification, you will be qualified to apply to a supervised dietetic internship program after which you can take the national examination to become a registered dietitian. Our most recent match rate for dietetic internships was 68 percent, compared to 51 percent nationally. Our 5-year average match rate is 80 percent. The pass rate for our graduates on the registration examination for dietitians was 90 percent for the past five years. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
In addition, we offer a Nutrition Science MA, a Nutrition Science MS and a Dietetic Internship CAS. At the graduate level, students study the theory and application of nutrition science and prepare for research, teaching, or practice in clinical, community, corporate, government, or educational settings.
The 124 credit B.S. degree program in nutrition science emphasizes the biological and physical sciences. In addition to food science, nutrition in health, medical nutrition therapy, and advanced nutrition, studies include work in general and organic chemistry, biology, physiology, and biochemistry.
The Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in nutrition/dietetics has a deeply rooted foundation in Syracuse University history. Courses in foods and nutrition have been offered continuously at Syracuse University since 1917. At the undergraduate level, students in nutrition/dietetics prepare to work in a variety of health and health promotion fields, many as registered dietitians.
Employment of dietitians continues to grow with the increased emphasis on disease prevention through improved dietary habits. Public interest in nutrition, a growing and aging population, the childhood and adult obesity epidemics and increased emphasis on health education and healthy lifestyles continue to spur demand for dietitians.
Specific program requirements for the dietetics program can be found in the Didactic Program in Dietetics Manual.
The master’s degree represents professional qualification for many practitioners in dietetics and community nutrition and has become the terminal degree for many students. Because of the varying backgrounds and professional interests of students, the master’s degree program is flexible. Students selecting nutrition as a major field of study must have minimum proficiency in chemistry and physiology. A recent course in nutrition must be presented upon entrance. If you have a bachelor’s degree outside nutrition and would like to become a registered dietitian, make an appointment with the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) to obtain an evaluation of your DPD status. The evaluation might dictate classes you have to complete prior to starting the program. The M.A. degree requires the completion of a minimum of 36 credits.
The increased number of higher education programs in nutrition and dietetics has also increased interest in doctoral programs that prepare practitioners for faculty positions. The master’s degree may thus serve as a preparatory step toward more advanced study. Because of the varying backgrounds and professional interests of students, the master’s degree program is flexible. The M.S. degree requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credits and a thesis.
Currently, The Nutrition Science P.H.D. Program Is Not Accepting New Students. The Ph.D. program provides an opportunity for systematic study of various aspects of human nutrition and methods for evaluation and dissemination of nutrition information. Individual programs are planned to include supporting courses in other fields that provide the basis for understanding the complex physiological, environmental, psychosocial, economic, and cultural factors that influence human nutritional needs as well as the means and methods of studying them.
The Dietetic Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to gain the necessary competency for careers as entry-level dietitians. The program builds upon the foundation, knowledge, and skills students have acquired from accredited didactic programs in dietetics. The carefully structured program includes a minimum 1200 hours of supervised practice experience in the application of the nutrition care process and model to community based food and nutrition settings and health care nutrition based settings. The concentration area is in program monitoring and outcomes management. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians offered through the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR). Successful completion of the RD exam is usually a prerequisite for state licensure or certification.
The dietetic internship at Syracuse University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics ( ACEND) , a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post -Secondary Education and the U.S. Department of Education. (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics / 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000/ Chicago, IL 60606-6995/ 1.800.877.1600.)
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit Syracuse University Dietetic Internship Gainful Employment Disclosure page.
Students pursuing programs in other areas of study may choose a minor in nutrition. The minor program requires the completion of 18 credits. To be admitted to the program, students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0, complete NSD 225, and Meet with the minor coordinator to complete the declaration of minor form.
Students pursuing programs in other areas of study may choose a minor in nutrition science. The minor program requires the completion of 19 credits. To be admitted to the program, students must meet with the minor coordinator and file a declaration of minor form with their home college.