College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences


What is Dietetics?

Dietetics is the science of applying food to nutrition and health. It is a concentration within our Food Science and Human Nutrition major. Dietetics is a vital, growing field that addresses today’s complex nutrition and health issues. Your classes will cover many topics:

  • Food production and sanitation
  • Healthcare
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • The human body

These topics will give you a solid foundation to build from and provide plans for high-quality food and nutrition. Our program will allow you to enter dietetic internships and graduate programs to become a registered dietitian. You can apply directly into this concentration.

Career Options

  • Catering
  • Community & public health
  • Consulting
  • Dietetics
  • Education
  • Food & nutrition business
  • Food service
  • Health care
  • Management
  • Research
  • Sports & wellness nutrition

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

54% employed after graduation

34% attending graduate school

$44,253 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: The Kraft Heinz Company, PepsiCo, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rush University, Loyola University Chicago View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong science and math coursework and performance
  • Calculus and Chemistry preferred (if available at high school)
  • Experiences related to the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

73% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $15,060
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses3: $16,420
  • Total: $36,144


  • Tuition: $33,032
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses3: $16,760
  • Total: $54,456


  • Tuition: $33,940
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses3: $16,760
  • Total: $55,364