Nutrition Science

College for Women | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Lead the Way to a Healthier Life

Nutrition science steps far beyond the food groups — drawing on biology, chemistry, economics, and other social sciences to really investigate the impact that the food we eat has on our bodies and the environment around us. The Nutrition Science program at St. Catherine University empowers you with the knowledge and skills to confidently advise consumers on major public health concerns around food, nutrition, health, and related social issues.

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Take 32 credits per year to finish your degree in four years.

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Applied Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Opportunities

Interested in becoming a registered dietitian (RD)? St. Catherine University is pursuing a fast-track program that would allow students to graduate with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in just five years.*

This program would also include the supervised experiential learning hours required to be eligible to take the national registration exam to earn the RD credential.

A master of science degree will be required to earn an RD credential beginning in 2024. Upon program launch, St. Kate’s would be the only institution in Minnesota to offer an accelerated dual degree track in nutrition science and dietetics that results in eligibility to take the national registration exam to earn the RD credential. Learn more about our progress toward opening this opportunity from a St. Kate’s faculty member by filling out our form.

* The St. Catherine University Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program is pending accreditation. Our eligibility application was accepted by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and we are in the candidacy process for our proposed Future Education Model graduate program in nutrition and dietetics. The program is not accepting applications at this time but will do so upon successful completion of the eligibility application process if the program receives candidacy for accreditation status from ACEND (estimated to occur by June 2023).

St. Catherine University Nutrition Science degree student chopping vegetables
Careers in Nutrition Science and Dietetics

We take pride in getting to know your interests and helping you structure experiences to build on them. Nutrition science, in particular, provides a natural transition into medical, dental, occupational therapy, public health, and physician assistant programs. Other jobs that a degree in nutrition science may lend well to include:

  • Nutrition/food scientist at a food company
  • Nutritionist for WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)
  • Registered dietitian in a clinic or home health setting (requires the RD credential)
  • Your own health and wellness organization
  • Healthcare sales
  • Nonprofit/community work

Learn more about the Nutrition Science program and the future fast-track option to get the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics.