Undergraduate Nutrition

The Nutrition major at Miami University leads to the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health degree. Nutrition, an area of health science, studies human metabolism as it relates to nutrition. An interdisciplinary curriculum with courses in nutrition, food science, food systems management, lifestyle and health, with supporting courses in chemistry, social science and management, is provided by this major. Students must complete one of two concentrations, Community Nutrition or Dietetics.  Dietetics fulfills the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) the accrediting body for Didactic Dietetics Program requirements.

The Nutrition major with a Community Nutrition concentration allows students to complement a foundation of nutrition, chemistry, behavior, physiology, microbiology, and statistics with course selections based on career interest. Graduates completing this major may choose from career opportunities in business, industry, education, or research, including medical and pharmaceutical sales, product development and marketing, and food-related businesses. This major may also be appropriate for students planning to pursue careers in health care, corporate wellness, food systems management, government food/nutrition program administration, public policy, and other allied health professions.

The Nutrition major with a Dietetics concentration is accredited by ACEND.  This fulfills the didactic portion of the requirements to become a registered dietitian and a professional member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). To become a registered dietitian one must complete an ACEND approved internship following graduation* and pass the registration exam. Dietitians are professionally prepared to perform nutritional assessment, counseling, and education as components of preventive, curative, or restorative health. Students may opt to become a nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (NDTR) through ACEND. For more information, see your advisor.

*Acceptance rate of clinical experiences dependent upon student academic performance and other experiences.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in any one of the following areas, we suggest the following courses:

CAREER AREA

SUGGESTED COMBINATION OF COURSEWORK

Corporate Wellness

ESP 201; KNH 203, 409; MGT 111, 291, STC 136, 231

Food Product Development OR Food Science

ECO 201, 202; ESP 201; KNH 104, 203, 242, 303, 404; MGT 111, 291

Media & Communications

ECO 201, 332; ESP 201; KNH 203, 242; MBI 131; MGT 111, 291; PSY 231; STC 136, 231

Pharmaceuticals

KNH 203, 242, 409, 432, 482; MGT 111, 291; PSY 231

Restaurant Management

ECO 201, 202; KNH 104, 203, 242, 303, 404, 432; MGT 111, 291, 303

Course Requirements

IMPORTANT ADVISING INFORMATION:  The Nutrition – Dietetic program is a competitive program.  A minimum grade expectation of a “C” or better is strongly encouraged, especially in the sciences: BIO 161, CHM 141, 144, 142, 145, 231, 332, 332L and MBI 111.  Competitive dietetic internship applicants will have an overall 3.0 GPA or higher. 

For 2021, the Undergraduate and Graduate level Dietetic Programs earned a 100% internship match with 16 out of 16 placements in post baccalaureate dietetic internship programs.  The national average is ~55%.

Planning to become a Registered Dietitian?

Students will need:

  • Successful completion of an ACEND accredited undergraduate degree in nutrition/dietetics, and
  • Admission to a post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship program (e.g. Miami University)