B.S. Degree in Dietetics

Dietitians have become an integral part of the wellness movement as people become more conscious of diet and exercise. If you enjoy working with people and are interested in sciences and food, you may find a home in the field of dietetics. UW-Stout’s program prepares you to meet the challenges of this growing field.

As a professional dietitian, you’ll find employment opportunities in public health, community nutrition, food industry and food service companies, wellness, education and research. You can become an integral part of health care teams, using your knowledge to plan diets that help people regain or maintain their health. You could also work with athletic teams or in the area of sports nutrition. As a nutrition expert, you’ll be instrumental in weeding out nutritional myths so prevalent in today’s society.

Preparing for UW-Stout

If you are interested in the Dietetics program, you are encouraged to take three years of high school math, chemistry and biology. This preparation, although not a requirement for entrance, is helpful when making the transition into the program.

Starting Out

Course work in your first semesters is a combination of general education and introductory courses. General education courses include:

  • English composition
  • Psychology
  • Physiology and anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics 

‘Dietetics as a Profession’ serves as an introductory course to the field. The program director - or your program advisor - provides assistance with course selection and career choices. Help is also available through academic advisers, the Counseling Center, and Career Services.

Becoming involved in the Stout Student Dietetic Association is a way to expand your interest and knowledge of dietetics. The organization encourages you to participate in committees, program development, research projects, and field experiences.

As You Progress

The program uses courses from more than 15 departments to give you background in communication, food service administration, clinical and community nutrition, and the physical sciences.

Communication block courses:

  • Writing
  • Technology management
  • Speech and presentation
  • Statistics

Food service administration includes coursework in:

  • Food science
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Quantity food production
  • Finance
  • Meal management
  • Food service equipment
  • Cost control

Clinical and community nutrition courses include:

  • Community nutrition
  • Advanced physiology
  • Advanced nutrition
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Nutrition education
  • Medical nutrition therapy

Courses in the sciences include:

  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic chemistry

In addition to course work in these four areas, you may choose three credits of elective courses relating to dietetics ranging from clinical or lifespan nutrition to nutrition for sports. You pick the area that interests you.

All dietetics students are required to complete a 320-hour field experience. Usually this is done during your sophomore or junior year. Field experience is paid or unpaid work done in the area of dietetics and is independently sought by the student with approval from the program director.

Dietetic Internships

Completing your B.S. degree in Dietetics at UW-Stout is the first step required to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).

The second step is completion of a ACEND-accredited internship. Acceptance into a dietetic internship is competitive and completion of the B.S. degree in Dietetics does not guarantee a dietetic internship. UW-Stout prepares you for the internship application process with a course titled ‘Preprofessional Development.’

The third step to becoming an RD is successful completion of the National Registration Examination for Dietitians. The exam is taken after completion of the dietetic internship.

Entry Positions

Upon graduation, most students become dietetic interns, entering formalized on-the-job training at one of approximately 290 institutions across the country. Others prefer to pursue a graduate degree in Food Science and Nutrition. The ultimate goal of the program is for you to become a registered dietitian by earning a bachelor's degree, completing an internship from a ACEND-approved site, and passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

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