BS in Nutrition

Experts in nutritional care for life

Our Bachelor of Science in Nutrition focuses on intensive study in biological and physical sciences to understand the relationships between nutrients and human health.

There are two tracks for students in the nutrition programs at UIC. One is to pursue a career as a registered dietitian. The other is to pursue an undergraduate degree in nutrition as a foundation for a professional health degree, or for careers in research, industry and community settings.

Registered dietitians have a significant impact on the health of our nation. Dietitians provide nutritional care to people of all ages, in health and in illness. They are knowledgeable about psychology, sociology, education and management. They’re experts in food habits, food composition, food service, and energy and nutrient needs.

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Stats and Facts

increase in demand for registered dietitians projected for 2014-2024 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics
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2013 AHS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award recipient Jean Ragalie-Carr '83 leads the National Dairy Council
of our nutrition science graduates are offered dietetic internships, compared to a national average of 50%
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Into the wild
Nutrition students leave civilization for a survivalist weekend
Fresh produce on shelves at grocery store
Going to market
Nutrition students conduct grocery store tours to inspire healthier purchasing and more produce consumption

Your career

Registered dietitians are in demand because of a growing and aging population, increased public interest in nutrition and consumer demands for more nutritious products.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Career opportunities include community and public health, food service management, public relations, consumer affairs and marketing. Registered dietitians often work in clinical dietetics, government agencies, consulting and private practice.

Read about the steps to becoming a Registered Dietitian here:

Learn from the best

  • Angela Odoms-Young headshot

    Angela Odoms-Young

    Examines social, cultural and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related diseases

  • Krista Varady

    Krista Varady

    Investigates diet and exercise regimens for weight loss and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease

  • Shayna Oshita head shot

    Shayna Oshita

    Shedding light on the role of nutrition support in critical illness


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The UIC nutrition science program in dietetics are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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