Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness at NIU
Bachelor of Science

Help people eat well to live their best lives.

When we eat well, we build a foundation for reaching our goals in life. By studying nutrition, dietetics and wellness, you'll prepare to help individuals, families and communities make positive food choices. As you explore the science and psychology of people’s complex relationships to what they eat, you'll learn how to enhance their well-being — and your own.

Growing up, I had an interest in helping people, and I still have that today. As I am studying nutrition, dietetics and wellness, I can help with preventative health and encourage people to follow a healthy lifestyle.

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What Can I Do With a Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness Degree From NIU?

Your degree will prepare you to help people eat well and improve their health. You can start a rewarding career in areas like wellness education, food safety and product development. Our program will also prepare you to apply for the internship required to become a registered dietitian.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Health education
  • Human nutrition
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Public speaking

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Education
  • Food production 
  • Health care
  • Hospitality
  • Services

Career Potential for NIU Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Edward Hospital
  • Morrison Healthcare
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • OSF Healthcare
  • Sodexo

Job titles include:

  • Clinical nutrition manager 
  • Dietitian
  • Food service director
  • Outpatient dietitian
  • Registered nurse

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as a Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness Major at NIU

As you learn how nutrition affects health and well-being, you'll have many opportunities to get involved on campus. You can join our Student Dietetic Association, for example, or get some hands-on experience at Ellington’s, our student-run restaurant.

You can choose the degree emphasis that matches your interests and goals:

  • Didactic program in dietetics (to prepare to become a registered dietitian)
  • Nutrition, health and wellness

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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