Undergraduate Study - NIU - Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics


Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness (B.S.)

Welcome to the Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness major at Northern Illinois University. 

Nutrition is a diverse, dynamic and growing area of study that includes courses from science, behavioral sciences and management strategies with a solid foundation in liberal education. This major provides a high quality curriculum to prepare graduates for success in a variety of careers related to nutrition and food or to continue for advanced studies. 

In the Nutrition, Health and Wellness area of study students learn about the relationship between nutrition, healthy eating, health maintenance, disease prevention and development of chronic disease. These are students trained to work with people, families and the community to enhance their quality of life. Graduates are prepared for careers in community agencies, educational institutions, corporate wellness programs, personal training/consulting and health/fitness clubs. 

The Dietetics/DPD area of study is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Graduates of the DPD area of study are eligible to apply to accredited dietetic internship programs to become registered dietitians, the clinical nutrition experts and pursue the broad range of careers in nutrition and dietetics as well to continue with graduate study.

We also offer a minor in Nutrition, Health and Wellness (NHW).

NIU has been preparing professionals in nutrition and dietetics since the turn of the century. As a graduate of the major you would join a large network of alumni across the region and the nation.