Nutrition and Food Sciences Program

The Nutrition and Food Sciences Program is accredited by the Accredition Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).  The address for the ACEND:  ACEND of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, Phone: 800/877-1600. The ACEND website is:    Exam passage rate and other program data may be obtained from the DPD Director.

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences (NTFS) is appropriate for students preparing for careers dealing with foods, nutrition, or dietetics.  Graduates of BS in NTFS may request to receive the Verification Statement* from Didactic Program in Dietetics (VS-DPD) and they are eligible to apply for ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) or Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) Programs to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN).  In addition, graduates with VS-DPD are eligible to take the registration examination without completing a diet technician internship to become a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician (NDTR).  
*In order to receive the Verication Statement from Didactic Program in Dietetics, graduates must have a minimum overall grade point average of  2.8 and earned a minimum grade of B- in the 300 and 400 level DPD courses.

Careers that NTFS graduates may pursue include, RDN, NDTR, Certified Dietary Manager (CDM), dietary aid, and in many other food and nutrition related jobs.  RDN, NDTR, and CDM credentials require successful passage of registration exam.  If you have questions, please see the DPD Director, Dr. Dorothy Chen-Maynard,  

Mission Statement:  The mission of the Nutrition and Food Sciences Program (DPD and ISPP) at CSUSB is to provide quality education to graduates who can think critically, communicate effectively, embrace diversity, and demonstrate knowledge and practical skills to become competent and productive entry level Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. 

Goal 1:  Graduates will be well-prepared for dietetic and nutrition careers as registered dietitian nutritionists to meet employment needs for the state and the nation.
Goal 2:  Graduates, as registered dietitian/nutritionists, will be employed and competent in knowledge related to dietetics and cultures to meet the employment needs of the Inland Empire, state, and the nation.

ACEND specific objective 1.1.  Eighty percent of the full time students will complete the DPD courses in three years (150%) after completion of the first DPD course (HSCI 350: Principles of Nutrition) and part time students will complete the DPD courses in six years (150%) after completion of the first DPD course.  At least 80% of ISPP interns will complete the program within 16.5 months for full-time option and 33 months for part-time option.
Program specific objective 1.2.  Eighty percent of the students in DPD and ISPP graduates, who have completed a supervised-practice program, will pass the CDR registration exam within 12 months from the first attempt over the five year aggregated period.
Program specific objective 1.3.  At least 50% of graduates with Verification Statement from DPD will apply to a supervised-practice program within five years after graduation.  At least 50% of graduates who apply to a supervised-practice program will be accepted within 12 months after application. 
ACEND specific objective 2.1:  Eighty percent of graduates who seek employment will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months after passing the CDR registration exam.  
Program specific objective 2.2.  At least 80% of the graduates of DPD and ISPP programs will indicate that they have effective skills and are culturally competent.
Program specific objective 2.3.  At least 80% of supervised-practice program directors and employers of graduates will indicate that graduates of the DPD have effective skills and are culturally competent.
The pathway and information about how to become a Registered Dietitian is included in the

The following documents are provided for additional information about the NTFS Program:

Membership form for Nutrition Student Association 


Phone: (909) 537-5340 

Degree Requirements (113 units)

Total Units for Graduation: 180-181

Note: Certain required courses also apply in the university's general education program (refer to CSUSB Bulletin/Catalog)