Nutrition and Food Science

Nutrition and Food Science


Why Choose Nutrition?

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  • Job Opportunities

    The field of nutrition is growing, with a projected 16% increase in jobs for dietitians and nutritionists through 2024 as a result of the role of food in preventing and treating illnesses, such as diabetes.

    More dietitians will be needed to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who want to improve their overall health. An aging population will boost the demand for dietitians in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

    The demand for nutrition managers is strong. The fastest growing segment is in the area of eldercare. Nutrition managers in schools will need expertise in child nutrition programs.

  • Great Pay

    Median annual earnings of dietitians and nutritionists was $65,000 in 2017. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, median annual income for registered dietitians in 2017 varied by practice area as follows: $80,000 in consultation and business; $79,100 in food and nutrition management; $79,100 in education and research; $61,400 in inpatient/$64,300 in outpatient; $62,000 in long-term care; and $57,600 in community nutrition.

    As with any profession, salaries and fees vary by region of the country, years of practice, employment settings, scope of responsibility, and supply of RDNs..

  • Exciting Career Options

    Our students have career options in healthcare, clinical management, counseling, community outreach, business/ private practice, government, hospital/school/correctional food-service management, consulting services, academia, and research.

  • Challenging Field

    Our ACEND-accredited curriculum is firmly based in chemistry, physiology, nutrition, dietetics, food science, food and nutrition communication, and nutrition and food-service management. We will prepare you for all the nutrition field has to offer!


About the Department

The mission of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC) is to provide students with a broad educational background in the science of food and nutrition and foodservice management.

2019 Commencement

The Department of Nutrition and Food Science, which is in the College of Natural Sciences, will participate in the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18th at 8:30 a.m. at the University Stadium.

Useful Links

CSU, Chico Center for Healthy Communities (CHC)

The CHC is a leader in research-based nutrition, physical activity, and policy changes to support community health.

FitU Program

The FitU program is designed to help Chico State students find simple ways to eat better.

Student Organizations

Registration and Commencement