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What will I learn?

Food is an integral part of every life. When food is nutritious, delicious and culturally relevant, human health is optimized. In this program, you will receive foundational knowledge in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry to understand how the body utilizes food. Explore how to prepare food and develop recipes to be appealing and nutrient dense. Plan menus and prepare meals to meet the needs of individuals and groups. Learn about macro and micronutrients, nutritional biochemistry and how nutritional needs of humans change throughout the lifespan. Assess nutritional status and provide nutrition education and counseling to prevent chronic disease and optimize health.

Fast Facts

Learn the science behind cooking

Experiment with ingredients and recipe modifications

Develop unique recipes

Plan menus on a budget

Learn about factors that affect food choices

Conduct nutrition assessments

Analyze recipes, diets and menus

Learn to operate food service equipment in the Carmelita Spencer Foods Laboratory

Apply for the M.S. Dietetics as part of the 3 + 2 Program

Career Options

Food Service Manager

Medical and Health Services Manager

Health Educator

Community Health Worker

Dietitian and Nutritionist

Dietetic Technician

First-Line Supervisor of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

Which department am I in?

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$27,840.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


University of Idaho

875 Perimeter Drive,



83844, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A 2.5 on a 4.0 Grade Point Average scale is required from your secondary school. You must meet criteria for admission to university-level study in your home country.

For international students

Students must have 2.5 on a 4.0 GPA scale is required from secondary school. They must meet criteria for admission to university level study in home country. They should also satisfy the following English language requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 525 on the paper test or 70 on the Internet-based test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.0
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic score of 48
  • ELS Language Centers, pass of Level 112
  • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English), pass
  • Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), pass
  • Cambridge International "O" Levels, pass
  • English proficiency demonstration is waived for any applicant who has a previous degree at an accredited U.S. institution

Priority Application Dates – Fall: May 1; Spring: October 1; Summer: March 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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