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Nutrition and Dietetics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Students in Western Carolina University’s Nutrition and Dietetics program gain an in-depth understanding of anatomy, physiology, metabolism and nutrition and use the knowledge to help people eat foods that will improve their health.
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Key facts:

  • Graduates from Nutrition and Dietetics program may work in nutrition education or, with additional studies and credentials, become registered dietitians who work as part of a food service team planning menus within a budget, purchasing foods and completing related tasks. Jobs connected to the field include nutritionist, registered dietitian, wellness director, extension agent, a consumer or trade representatives, food service administrator, clinical dietitian or sales representative for a food manufacturer.
  • Core courses range from human nutrition needs to microbiology in health and nutrition. Students in the program’s registered dietician concentration learn to plan and safely prepare food in large quantities and examine how what people eat contributes to their health, disease prevention and treatment. Students in the community health concentration take courses from how to teach comprehensive health education to how global and cultural disparities affect vaccination programs, drinking water and food safety.  Western Carolina University students work with professionals in the field and gain hands-on experience while serving the community through working with area schools or volunteering with the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. They also can take part in an award-winning student professional club or undergraduate research.
  • Hospitals, nursing homes, schools, camps, restaurants and other venues that serve food in large quantities or offer services related to food for health purposes such as weight management employ nutritionists and registered dietitians. Graduates could assist public health initiatives such as the federally funded Women, Infants and Children program or organizations that provide food services such as Meals on Wheels. Students who complete the bachelor’s degree may qualify for jobs such as a nutritionist with a public health department or an assistant to a registered dietitian. To become certified as a registered dietitian, students continue their studies with a graduate-level internship.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Nutrition and Dietetics curriculum include:

  • Principles of Biology 
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Microbiology in Health and Nutrition
  • Survey of Chemistry
  • Medical Terminology
  • Applied Statistics
  • Dietetics as a Profession
  • Human Nutritional Needs
  • General Psychology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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