Rigorous academics and active community engagement

As a dietetics major, you will complete courses in core subjects including medical nutrition therapy, food chemistry, and life cycle nutrition. You will apply knowledge gained from the classroom setting in hands-on laboratory and community experiences. Additional subjects such as physiology, psychology, oral communication, and biostatistics give you a well-rounded foundation.

Beyond the classroom, you may join the Dietetics and Nutrition Club for Students, where you will be mentored by seniors—and later mentor younger students yourself—as you work on planned community nutrition efforts. You may also work with an IU faculty member on a research project, or design one of your own with their guidance.

Upon graduating, you may complete a supervised internship that will prepare you to sit for a national exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor's degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics at Indiana University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.


A major in dietetics will offer you a wide range of possible career paths in corporate wellness, sports nutrition, food research and development, or even journalism. If you choose to take the exam and qualify to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), you will be prepared to work in many different settings, including hospitals and clinics, schools, government agencies, or private practice. When you are ready, the Office of Career Services can help you with your plan for your future.