Pre-Dietetics and Food Science

Dietetics is a program that prepares students to help others use food to prevent and treat disease while maintaining good health practices. Becoming a dietitian or nutritionist usually requires at least a bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area. After obtaining an Associate of Arts degree, an additional 3 years of coursework from an accredited dietetics program is required to be eligible to pursue and accredited dietetic internship and take the national examination to earn Registered Dietitian credentials. Some states do require additional certifications or registration requirements. Graduate degrees also are available. College students in these majors take courses in food and nutrition, institution management, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, and physiology. Other suggested courses include business, mathematics, statistics, psychology, sociology, and economics. Most jobs for dietitians are in hospitals, offices of physicians, nursing care facilities, and other health related centers, however there is a high demand for people with nutrition backgrounds in many different settings, especially with an increased public awareness for health-related disease and illness in our society.

Food Science is the study of all technical aspects of food. Our food supply must be safe and properly preserved to maintain high quality, yet must be low enough in cost for all to have access to a nutritionally adequate diet, irrespective of income. Activities of food scientists include the development of new food products, design of processes to produce these foods, choice of packaging materials, shelf-life studies, sensory evaluation of the product with panels or potential consumers, as well as microbiological and chemical testing. Next time you walk into a supermarket, take a closer look at all those shelves upon shelves of cereals, fruit juices, dairy products, and microwavable convenience foods. These are some of the everyday items available because food scientists find ways to keep plant and animal products appetizing and nutritious, and to stop them from spoiling. Students in this program should obtain admissions requirements and confirm courses with transfer institution.

Careers in Dietetics and Food Science

  • Community Nutrition
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Culinary Arts
  • Diabetes Education
  • Food Product
  • Food Production
  • Food Service Administration
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Service
  • Health Inspection
  • Hospitality Management
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Nutritional Sales
  • Private Practice
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Representative Restaurateur
  • Research and Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Wellness Specialist
  • WIC Education

Course Schedule

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
MAT-210 Calculus I
4.0
BIO-112 General Biology I
4.0
CHM-165 General Chemistry I
4.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
 
Total Hours: 19.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
MAT-156 Statistics I
3.0
BIO-113 General Biology II
4.0
CHM-175 General Chemistry II
4.0
PHI-145 Intro to Ethical Conflicts
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SPC-112 Public Speaking
3.0
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
3.0
PHY-162 College Physics I
4.0
CHM-261 Organic Chemistry I
4.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics
3.0
PHY-172 College Physics II
4.0
CHM-271 Organic Chemistry II
4.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 70.0

Other suggested courses are:
BIO-186 Microbiology
BIO-151 Nutrition

Instructors

Jenny Shivers Associate 515-574-1292 shivers@iowacentral.edu
Tracy Crippin-Haake Associate 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu
Dr. Anne Macek-Lachelt Instructor 515-574-1246 lachelt@iowacentral.edu
Jennifer Condon Dean 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu