Diet and Exercise
Offered as: major, bachelor’s/master’s of science degree
The Diet and Exercise bachelor’s/master’s degree allows students to concurrently complete courses for the bachelor’s degree while also completing courses and a thesis for a master’s degree. The program is designed to give you a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five to six years.
As obesity, a public interest in health and disease prevention, and an aging population grows (American Dietetic Association, 2009), students in the unique diet and exercise major find themselves with a wide variety of job opportunities in cardiac rehabilitation, school nutrition, corporate health, public health, clinics, preventative medicine, sport enhancement, and sport nutrition. This fast-track program allows students to graduate with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years:
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College of Human Sciences scholarships: Students complete one online form to apply for all college-level and department-level scholarships. The online form is generally available from November through February.
Possible careers with a degree in Diet and Exercise include:
To prepare for the undergraduate dietetics major, students should follow the admissions requirements for Iowa State University:
Freshmen students: In high school, students may find that taking additional courses that build strength in math and science assist in transitioning to the coursework for this major (in addition to meeting the Iowa State University admission requirements).
Transfer students: Transfer students should carefully plan their transfer using the information from the transfer student information page and contact the Food Science and Human Nutrition transfer academic adviser.
Professional associations and organizations:
Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for admission to accredited/approved dietetic internships/supervised practice programs. Upon successful completion of the experience program, graduates are eligible to take the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to become a registered dietitian (R.D.) and to practice in the field of dietetics.
Undergraduate department courses are taught by world-class Ph.D. level faculty who provide hands-on learning opportunities in state-of-the-art laboratories and who care about the success of each student.
In addition to state-of-the-art food laboratories used for primarily teaching purposes, the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department has affiliated centers and facilities:
The Food Science and Human Nutrition and Kinesiology departments are both affiliated with the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center.
The Kinesiology Department additionally has several research laboratories.
The accelerated program in diet and exercise allows you to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.
Additional Information about Ph.D. level programs at Iowa State University:
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is administered within the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University. The dietetics undergraduate curriculum meets the academic requirements as the DPD. Additionally, the curriculum for concurrent Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Diet and Exercise meets the academic requirements of the DPD.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Iowa State University has been granted initial accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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