Stephen F. Austin State University

Food, Nutrition and Dietetics

Food, health, science, culture, genetics, healing, performance, management... what is a common thread here? Nutrition!

Find the answer to your calling by majoring in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics!

What are we without our health?

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, about half of all American adults - 117 million individuals - have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity. More than two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and youth are overweight or obese.

"Seven of the top 10 causes of death in 2014 were chronic diseases. Two of these chronic diseases - heart disease and cancer - together accounted for nearly 46% of all deaths."

The study of food, nutrition and dietetics offers you entry to a dynamic profession with a myriad of opportunities. Nutrition experts will fill the increasing demand for dietetic professionals. As society embraces healthy eating and preventive health education, the demand for dietetics personnel will increase.

Will I get a job with this major?

Yes, in fact: "Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The role of food in preventing and treating diseases, such as diabetes, is now well known. More dietitians and nutritionists will be needed to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who want to improve their overall health." Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17

What are SFA's Degree Options?

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) offers two degree plans that provide students with the knowledge needed to excel in the field of food, nutrition and dietetics, as well as a dietetic internship/graduate program.

Dietetics and Nutritional Sciences (Registered Dietitian and Pre-professional Tracks)

Food and Nutrition

Dietetic Internship / Graduate program

FND Students

There are many career opportunities for students who choose this major. Please click on this link then scroll down to the section: Opportunities for Food and Nutrition Graduates for more information!

How to become a registered dietitian:

1. The registered dietitian is the nutrition and food expert. To become a part of the growing and vital profession of dietetics, take the following steps:

Students who wish to become a DTR must complete the DPD program, obtain a verification statement, and sit for the DTR Exam.

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 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 (DPD) at Stephen F. Austin State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program such as the Dietetic Internship (DI) program at Stephen F. Austin State University. Once the 1200 hour supervised practice experience has been completed, candidates are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit: Annual costs of the programs can be calculated using the SFA tuition calculator at this link:

The DPD and DI programs at Stephen F. Austin State University are currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6955, (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400