Welcome to the Nutritional Science Department at California State University, Los Angeles. Nutrition is widely recognized as critical in helping people prevent chronic diseases and enable them to achieve optimal health. Located in the center of Los Angeles, our program recognizes that access to healthy foods, as well as education, are important to success. Students in our program receive a broad education in a variety of topics including medical nutrition, food service, and community nutrition. Students are also taught to analyze the science and use evidence to craft messages for the general public. The strength of our program lies in our diverse study body and faculty, and our requirement that students participate in projects to expand their classroom experiences through community engagement in service learning experiences. Programs in Nutritional Science include the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutritional Science and the Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science. Through elective courses, students, in both programs, can tailor their academic career to provide concentration in functional/holistic nutrition, food service, food science, community nutrition, entrepreneurship, or sports nutrition. The B.S program prepares students for careers in nutrition, food service administration, food technology, food science, and community nutrition while the M.S. program, additionally, prepares students for a career in dietetics.
Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science
The Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science prepares students for careers in nutrition, dietetics, food service administration, food technology, food science, and community nutrition. Students can also prepare to study for advanced degrees in nutritional science, food science and technology, or an allied health profession.
Students of the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science are currently enrolled in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The Didactic Program prepares students to enter dietetic internships approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Contact: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. (312) 899-0400 x5400. https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend
***IMPORTANT NOTICE*** Effective Fall 2016, the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will only be offered at the graduate level. Undergraduate students who are at the junior level and have successfully completed the didactic courses, NTRS 2100, NTRS 3170, and CHEM 3000, by the end of the Fall 2016 semester (Dec 12, 2016) will be considered students under the DPD - undergraduate track. All undergraduate students admitted to the DPD prior to the Spring 2017 semester, and who have met the course requirements listed above, must successfully complete the program by Summer 2019 (August 10, 2019) to be considered graduates of an accredited undergraduate DPD program and receive a verification statement.
Master of Science in Nutritional Science
The Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science is an individualized program designed to develop specialized professional competence in the selected areas of food science, dietetics and nutrition, while also providing breadth in related areas. The program is designed for persons preparing for positions as public health nutritionists or supervisors in dietetics and food production and service, or doctoral study in nutrition and dietetics.
Graduate students seeking to qualify for the Registered Dietitian examination may complete appropriate course work and clinical experiences concurrently with requirements for the master’s degree by also completing courses in the Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP), or the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The CDP requires a separate application for admission.
To apply to either of the School’s graduate programs, students must apply and fulfill University requirements for admission to graduate study and must also submit a separate graduate program application to the School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science, available from the School office.
The certificate programs offered by the School of Kinesiology and Nutritional require 15-33 units to complete.
The Alternative Nutrition Certificate program (18 units) provides students with validated scientific knowledge and information or identifying effective and safe herbal and nutritional products; nutritional information and data for possibly delaying the onset of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer’s; and sound scientific knowledge of the effective use of functional foods and phytochemicals to enhance health.
The Food Safety Certificate program (19 units) is designed to educate Nutritional Science students, Food Science and Technology students, foodservice employees, nutritionists, and others about important food safety principles in order to meet the increasing need for professionals trained in food safety methods.
The Sports Nutrition Certificate program (16 units) is designed to prepare fitness professionals, coaches, nutritionists, and others to provide fluid and nutrient recommendations, as well as an appropriate exercise prescription, to active people.
The Community Nutrition program (15 units) prepares students to work as Community Nutritionists. Six of the ten leading causes of death in the United States are linked to a poor diet, and these leading causes of death are all lifestyle related, and preventable. This certificate focuses on strategies for providing good nutrition for vulnerable populations that involves assessment, program planning, implementing interventions and evaluation of these programs.
The Food Science Certificate program (33 units - 14 units are prerequisites) educates Food Science and Technology students, Nutritional Science students, food industry professionals, nutritionists, and others about food science principles in order to meet the increasing need for professionals trained in food science and food product development methods. Students will qualify for the award of the certificates upon the successful completion of the required courses with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
Certificate Course Lists