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Family & Consumer Sciences




The Nutrition and Food concentration prepares students for careers in the field of nutrition, food management, food product development and sales, and nutrition education.

Career Opportunities:

Community/Public Health

Food Service/Hospitality Manager

Nutrition and Health Counselor

Health Educator

Communications/Public Relations/Marketing

University/Research Centers

WIC Degreed Nutritionist

Strengthened if combined with other minors (exercise, communications, health, technology)

The full matrix  demonstrating how all courses fulfill the BS NUFD knowledge requirements is provided here.


The Family and Consumer Sciences Department at Sacramento State also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition with an emphasis in Dietetics. This major is designed to meet the degree requirement that prepares students to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), as well as to prepare students for a variety of careers in nutrition, foodservice administration, and food science. The Dietetics emphasis is a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600, Ext. 5400.

A BS in Dietetics is designed to academically prepare students to apply for an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredited supervised practice program (Dietetic Internships or Pre-professional Practice Programs) to establish eligibility for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and/or to sit for the registration examination for becoming a diet technician registered or a registered dietitian nutrition after successful completion of an accredited supervised practice program and the only program that allows one to become to go on to become a registered dietitian nutritionist at Sacramento State. To become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), you must first successfully complete the degree, followed by an accredited supervised practice program, and then pass the Examination for Registered Dietitians. Our program will guide you through these steps.

The majority of required courses for the Dietetics program are offered through the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Additional courses are needed in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics, and Psychology. Students who intend to earn a BS with an emphasis in Dietetics declare the Family and Consumer Sciences major, with a Nutrition and Food concentration. Students must complete all-university graduation requirements, including general education and specified dietetics course requirements, as described in the major requirements and in the CSUS course catalog. Approximately three semesters prior to the anticipated graduation date and in conjunction with a faculty adviser, students complete a Dietetics Emphasis Declaration to verify completion and/or pending completion of dietetics course requirements along with a Declaration of Major Form and a copy of your transcripts from all colleges and universities to an advisor for approval.
If you already have a Bachelor's degree (or a more advanced degree), you may elect to take only courses required for the DPD listed under the dietetic emphasis major requirements. You are advised to consult with a faculty adviser for the courses you need to take.

Employment opportunities include dietetics work in hospitals, HMOs, health care facilities, sports nutrition, corporate wellness programs, hospitality and food service industry, food and nutrition-related businesses, private practice, community and public health settings, university and medical centers and research areas.

Goals and Objectives

The mission of the DPD at Sacramento State is to prepare a diverse population of students to become competent, productive, culturally sensitive, committed, and ethical members of the professions of dietetics, nutrition and food. The program is dedicated to the delivery of a high quality curriculum and experiential activities in accordance with the Foundation Knowledge and Skills set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Goal 1:  The DPD program will provide quality undergraduate instruction to enable students to apply to an accredited supervised practice program, graduate school, or to pursue a career in the profession of dietetics, nutrition and food, or related field.

Program Objective measures:

1.1  Over a five year period, At least 25% of DPD graduates will apply for a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduating.

1.2  Over a five year period, Acceptance into a supervised practice program by  ≥ 50% of DPD graduates who apply for a supervised practice program.  

1.3  Over a five year period, Eighty percent or more of DPD graduates will either continue on in a supervised practice program, will obtain employment in dietetics, nutrition and food or related field or acceptance into a graduate program within 12 months of completing the DPD.

1.4  Over a five year period, Of the students who complete a supervised practice program, ≥ 80% will rate the DPD program as being “adequate” or higher in preparing them for a dietetic internship.

1.5  Over a five year period, Of the DPD graduates who complete a supervised practice program, ≥80% will pass the Registration Examination for Registered Dietitians on their first attempt.

1.6  Over a 5-year period, employers will be satisfied with our graduates preparation for work in the field of nutrition and food/ dietetics.

Goal 2: The DPD program will provide educational opportunities for a diverse student population and promote cultural sensitivity among students enrolled in the DPD.

Program Objective measures:

2.1   Over a five year period, The DPD will include representation of at least three ethnic/racial groups and 5% male students.

2.2   Over a five year period, Eighty percent or more of DPD graduates will indicate cultural awareness and sensitivity or will be employed in a work setting that requires cultural sensitivity and awareness. 

Goal 3: The DPD program will foster participation in professional activities.

Program Objective measures:

3.1    Within 1 year of completing the DPD, ≥ 75% of students will become members of a professional dietetics organization or a professional organization in a closely related field

3.2    Within 1 year of completing the DPD, ≥ 50% of students will have participated in one or more professional activities including but not limited to continuing education events, workshops, seminars, association, meetings, professional updates, graduate level coursework.

Goal 4: Faculty in the DPD program will utilize diverse teaching styles and current technology to enhance teaching effectiveness and accommodate various styles of learning of enrolled students.

*Program outcome data is available upon request

Program Objective measures:

4.1     Over a five year period, Seventy five percent or more of the courses offered through the DPD will utilize current technologies in teaching.

4.2    Over a five year period, Seventy five percent or more of the courses offered through the DPD will utilize at least three different teaching methodologies.

4.3    Over a 5-year period, Sixty percent or more of students will complete the degree and program requirements within six years (150% of the program length).

Curriculum designed for the Dietetics emphasis develops knowledge, competencies and skills required of entry level dietetics practitioners as identified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Standards of Education, an advisory panel of local dietitians, and Family and Consumer Sciences faculty. Program curriculum is committed to helping students and faculty in nutrition and food to maximize personal growth and professional performance and advancement.

The Family and Consumer Sciences Department has six nutrition and food faculty who have advanced degrees in nutrition education. Two of these faculty are registered dietitians and active members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The academic and professional experiences of the nutrition and food faculty are diverse and represent all areas of dietetics: clinical nutrition, community nutrition, food service management, lifespan nutrition and nutritional metabolism.

Upon graduation you will receive your bachelor’s degree, along with a Didactic Program in Dietetics verification statement in accordance with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics guidelines. Together the degree and DPD verification make a candidate eligible to apply for an accredited dietetic internship/ supervised practice experience that upon successful completion enables one to take the examination, which upon passing allows the candidate to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.  It is important to note that there are not enough dietetic internship/ supervised practice programs to meet the needs of the number of eligible candidates;  therefore they are very competitive.  In addition the degree plus the DPD verification make a candidate eligible to take the Diet Technician Registered examination, which upon successful passing would make the canditate a Registered Diet Technician.  Graduates are encouraged and guided to take the necessary steps to become registered dietitians and seek dietetics related professions. Whether the graduate elects to develop a career in food service management, community nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, nutritional metabolism, dietetics research or teaching, it is expected that they have the skills and confidence to perform in any of these areas of the dietetics specialty after completing their dietetics program and supervised practice.

Dietetics Emphasis Handbook

Employment Opportunities

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Registered Diet Technicians work in:

  • Hospitals, HMOs, or other health care facilities
  • Sports nutrition and corporate wellness program
  • Food and nutrition related businesses & industries
  • Private practice
  • Community and public health settings
  • Universities and medical centers
  • Research

FACS Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 
9:00am - noon
1:00pm - 4:00pm

California State University Sacramento
Mariposa Hall - Room 3000
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6053
Phone: (916) 278-6393
Fax: (916) 278-7520

Click here for a map of our office location

Accreditation Status  

The Dietetic Emphasis is a Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (ACEND) accredited program.

Contact information for ACEND:

120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2000
Chicago Illinois 60606-6995

800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Fax: 312/899-4817

For further questions or information please contact the DPD Director, Wendy Buchan, PhD, RDN at or 916-278-6732.   If the you have complaints related to the ACEND accredited program that can not be resolved by University procedures or the DPD director please contact ACEND directly using the information above.

Cost to Students

A description of fees charged by Sacramento State, as well as financial aid and payment information, is outlined online at:

Costs for travel and housing vary. Student housing close to campus is readily available and ranges from $350 - $1200 per month. 

Cost for books and supplies vary depending on whether books are purchased new or used.  Cost for all new books for a semester may be approximately $200-830.  Additional charges may be accessed on a class-by-class basis for such items as laboratory and breakage fees ($10 or more). An additional cost is for the purchase of a laboratory coat ($35). 

A student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics may be beneficial at some point for your courses.  The cost for student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is $50/yr ( You may want to consider joining the Northern Area Dietetic Association (NADA) of the California Dietetic Association.  Membership is $15/yr ( 

Academic Calendar can be accessed at

Graduation and program completion requirements for all degrees, including general education requirements, are available online at

In addition access to advisors and the additional degree requirements for the dietetic emphasis students can be found online at:

Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) is part of the California State University, Sacramento College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies