Do you think that what you eat affects your health? Would you enjoy a career in educating others on the importance of healthy and wholesome eating habits?

Students who choose to major in nutrition and dietetics will complete an undergraduate didactic program in dietetics (DPD) while studying at East Carolina. This program is primarily completed on campus in face-to-face classes and can provide numerous career opportunities for you upon graduation. Our courses are very interactive, requiring students to interact to complete case studies, projects, undergraduate research and service learning.

All students hoping to become a registered dietitian must complete an internship before they are eligible. Career opportunities in nutrition and dietetics include working in hospitals, physicians' offices, school food service, nursing homes and wellness facilities. Nutrition science is also a great pre-professional degree if you are interested in going into medicine or dentistry.

ECU Advantage

The Department of Nutrition Science at ECU is focused on helping you achieve your goals of becoming a registered dietitian. Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. More than 85 percent of all registered dietitians in eastern North Carolina have been trained at ECU.

What You Will Study

Didactic Program in Dietetics Concentration Program Director: Kate Willson (2435-E Health Sciences Building; 252-744-6042; willsonka@ecu.edu) Nutrition with Science Concentration Program Director: Michael Wheeler (2435-F Health Science Building; 252-744-1027; wheelerm@ecu.edu)

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • ANTH 1050 - Global Understanding or
  • ANTH 2200 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
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  • CHEM 1150 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1151 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 1160 - General Chemistry II
  • COMM 2020 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication or
  • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking

  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • SOCI 2110 - Introduction to Sociology
2. Core - 13 s.h.
  • NUTR 1010 - Cultural Foods
  • NUTR 1300 - Orientation to Nutrition and Dietetics Profession
  • NUTR 1330 - Food Safety and Sanitation
  • NUTR 2105 - Nutrition Science
  • NUTR 2400 - Nutrition Assessment
3. Cognates - 21 s.h.
  • BIOL 1100 - Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1101 - Principles of Biology Laboratory I
  • BIOL 2110 - Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • BIOL 2111 - Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 2130 - Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • BIOL 2131 - Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy Laboratory
  • CHEM 1161 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHEM 2750 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2753 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
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4. Concentrations - 28-45 s.h.
    Didactic program in dietetics concentration (45 s.h.)

    Note: Must apply and be admitted to this concentration. 

    • NUTR 2330 - Food Science
    • NUTR 2331 - Food Science Laboratory
    • NUTR 3104 - Advanced Vitamins and Minerals
    • NUTR 3105 - Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism
    • NUTR 3311 - Life Cycle Nutrition
    • NUTR 3330 - Financial Management in Dietetics
    • NUTR 3500 - Nutrition Research Methodology
    • NUTR 3535 - Nutrition Education and Counseling
    • NUTR 4300 - Professional Preparation in Dietetics
    • NUTR 4312 - Medical Nutrition Therapy I
    • NUTR 4313 - Medical Nutrition Therapy II
    • NUTR 4330 - Food Production Principles of Dietetics
    • NUTR 4331 - Food Production in Dietetics Lab
    • NUTR 4500 - Community Nutrition
    • NUTR 4600 - Senior Seminar
    Nutrition with science concentration (28 s.h.)
    • HLTH 3010 - Health Problems I or
    • HLTH 3050 - Public Health Systems and Policy
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    • NUTR 2330 - Food Science
    • NUTR 3104 - Advanced Vitamins and Minerals
    • NUTR 3105 - Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism
    • NUTR 3311 - Life Cycle Nutrition
    • NUTR 3330 - Financial Management in Dietetics
    • NUTR 3500 - Nutrition Research Methodology
    • NUTR 4700 - Nutrition and Disease
    • NUTR 4901 - Topics in Nutrition
5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Dietetics/Dietician (RD)
    • Dietitians and Nutritionists
    • Dietetic Technicians
    • Dietetics/Dietician (RD)

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.