Undergraduate Program

A balanced diet is one of the most powerful ways to get and stay healthy. It can even help manage diseases such as diabetes and reduce the risk of others, including heart disease and osteoporosis.

As you help people make better dietary choices, you become part of the solution. With the dietetics option, you’ll play an important role in helping people make good choices about what they eat and understand how nutrition impacts their health and well-being.

In our program, you’ll take a holistic look at nutrition. You’ll explore the various nutrients in food and learn about the behaviors and social factors behind the dietary choices we make. You’ll get up close and personal with macro and micro nutrients, create healthy meals using local ingredients, learn how food can help prevent chronic diseases and have the chance to advise people across the lifespan who want to improve their overall health.

This is a great time to study nutrition at our college — we are home to world-class researchers and the new Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, named for Northwest leaders in whole grain foods Bob and Charlee Moore of Bob’s Red Mill.


Major options include



Dietetic Internship at Oregon State University (OSUDI)
OSUDI is a non-credit, non-degree, post-baccalaureate program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to take the RD registration exam.


Head of the class

If your GPA is over 3.75 (3.5 for current Oregon State students and transfer students), you’re eligible to earn your degree through the Honors College. This prestigious option means you get more faculty support and the opportunity for undergraduate research. It also gives you a leg up with future employers and graduate programs. Curious about how this works? Visit the Honors College to learn more.


Career options

*May require post-baccalaureate/graduate/professional education to qualify or certify for employment.

  • Community nutrition
  • Dietician*
  • Education*
  • Farm-to-table coordinator
  • Fitness and wellness centers
  • Food industry
  • Food, equipment, purchasing sales consultant
  • Foodservice purchasing manager
  • Grocery store nutritionist
  • Healthcare: hospitals, clinics, rehab centers
  • Medical or dental careers
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Physical therapy
  • Private practice
  • Restaurant, school, healthcare or college/university foodservice director/manager
  • Sustainable foodservice consultant