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Diet and Exercise

Offered as: major, bachelor’s/master’s of science degree

Diet and Exercise brochure (PDF)

Diet and Exercise program page »

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.

Strengths of the program

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:

  • The program meets the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements for students to pursue an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) and become a registered dietitian. The program also meets American College of Sports Medicine requirements for students to pursue certification at the level of health fitness specialist.

  • Iowa State University offers the only accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics within the in the State of Iowa, and it has been recognized by colleagues in the profession as a very well-respected and rigorous program.

  • 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.

  • Students in the Diet and Exercise program can participate in clubs such as the Student Dietetic Association, Nutrition club, and Kinesiology and Health club, which provide volunteer opportunities, connections to the health, fitness, and food industry, trips to professional conferences, and other applied and fun extensions of classroom learning.

  • Diet and Exercise students have the opportunity to travel abroad with faculty members to communities in Peru, India, and other places around the world to learn first-hand about food and nutrition in those countries.

  • First year students can participate in the FSHN Learning Community or the Kinesiology Learning Community, and transfer students can participate in the FSHN Transfer Learning Community or the Kinesiology Transfer Learning Community to connect to the university, college, and department through common courses, community volunteerism, social programs, and other professional experiences. U.S. News and World Report ranked Iowa State’s learning communities among its “Programs to Look for”  – outstanding examples of academic programs commonly linked to student success (2010 “America’s Best Colleges”  rankings).

Read more about the Food Science and Human Nutrition undergraduate majors from the FSHN department chair and about the Kinesiology department from the Kinesiology department chair.

Curriculum requirements

5-year plans

Syllabi - current and past courses

Food Science and Human Nutrition syllabus examples

Kinesiology syllabus examples

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Scholarships and financial aid

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.

Food Science and Human Nutrition scholarship list »

Kinesiology scholarship list »

Career possibilities

Possible careers with a degree in Diet and Exercise include:

  • Wellness educator
  • Dietitian and health fitness instructor
  • Cardiac rehabilitation coordinator/dietitian
  • Corporate wellness educator
  • Health or wellness instructor
  • Preventive medicine coordinator
  • School nutrition wellness educator
  • Sport enhancement specialist

Career opportunities and salary information for registered dietitians »

To do now: ways to prepare for this program

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.

Transfer plans

Student organizations and learning communities

Related majors and minors

Internships

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.

Faculty

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.

Department faculty research »

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department news and events »

Facilities

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:

Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR)

Center for Research on Botanical Dietary Supplements

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.

Graduate degrees

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:

Food Science and Human Nutrition graduate programs »

Kinesiology graduate programs »

Accreditation

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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