Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture


B.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics Option

Cal Poly Pomona's Department of Nutrition and Food Science (NFS), welcomes you as a nutrition major, dietetics option major, leading to a bachelor's degree. The Cal Poly Pomona Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

The Didactic Program in Dietetics provides the necessary coursework to apply for a dietetic internship. The DPD coursework can be seen below. DPD programs require accreditation because dietetics is a complex profession that pertains to the health of our nation and therefore requires that the training adhere to national standards. These national standards are determined and evaluated by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (for educational programs that lead to both the registered dietitian (RD) and the dietetic technician, registered (DTR) credential.

The Cal Poly Pomona DPD program has a strong record in terms of producing high-quality students with a strong foundation in the sciences who are successful in both dietetic internship and graduate school. The field of dietetics requires that individuals learn and apply both the science and the art of nutrition and food in order to meet the nutritional needs and improve the health of our nation. Students with an aptitude for science, who derive satisfaction from being part of the healthcare or food service management team, and who enjoy working with and counseling people, will find a career in dietetics rewarding. Our state-of-the-art curriculum prepares students for applying to a dietetic internship, graduate school or a career in food service, food production or public health.

Graduates of this major who complete the DPD receive a pre-professional verification statement which makes them eligible to apply to accredited dietetic internships. It is during the internship that the student gains practical training in diverse areas of dietetic practice. Only after the satisfactory completion of all three: a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, DPD coursework, and an accredited dietetic internship is the student eligible to take the registered dietitian exam. The only way to earn the registered dietitian credential is to pass this national examination. The DPD program is the first step in becoming credentialed as a registered dietitian, because it provides only the classroom education component. The student who has received their pre-professional verification statement may also apply to take the dietetic technician, registered, exam (see dietetic technician tab for more information).

As of Fall 2017, the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is:

Hilary Wu, MS, RD
Building 94, Room 266 
Phone: (909) 979-5999 
Fax: (909) 869-5078