Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between Food Science and Nutrition?
A: Food Science is the study of the biological, chemical, and physical nature of food components-and the technology to bring safe and wholesome foods from farm to fork. Nutrition is the study of how and why those foods (and food components) influence health and wellness. To read more, visit our Discover Nutrition or Discover Food Science pages.
Q: How do I change my major to Nutrition?
A: Students desiring to change into the Nutrition major must meet the minimum qualifications outlined in the Nutrition Change of Major Policy and Procedure Guidelines (PDF). Please stop by the office (building 11, room 244) for more information.
Q: How do I change my major to Food Science?
A: Student desiring to change into the Food Science major must meet the minimum qualifications outlined in the Food Science Change of Major Policy and Procedure Guidelines (PDF).
Q: How do I minor in Nutrition?
A: Consult the Nutrition Minor Enrollment Criteria and Procedure (PDF) to see if you are eligible to apply for the minor.
Q: How do I minor in Food Science?
A: Consult the Food Science Minor Enrollment Criteria and Procedure (PDF) to see if you are eligible to apply for the minor.
Q: When do I request a graduation evaluation?
A: Students should request a Graduation Evaluation from the Office of Academic Records four quarters before your expected graduation. You can pick up a Graduation Evaluation form at the Office of Academic Records (building 1, room 222), or download a copy at http://www.ess.calpoly.edu/_records/forms/Grad_Eval.pdf. Submit completed forms to the Office of Academic Records or fax it to (805) 756-7237.
Q: How do I know if a class I took at another school will count at Cal Poly?
A: Use http://www.assist.org to see if courses from a California Community College or University will count for credit at Cal Poly. Use the "CSU GE Breadth" link to search GE courses.
Q: How many classes can I take credit/no credit?
A: Food Science and Nutrition students may not take any required or support courses credit/no credit. The GE program allows one course to be taken credit/no credit. For more details, please contact your academic advisor.
Q: Who is my academic advisor?
A: Rachel Johnson is the Academic Advisor for the FSN department. You may schedule an appointment to meet here via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How can I study abroad?
A: For information about study abroad programs offered at Cal Poly, please visit http://www.calpoly.edu/~iep/
Q: I am a post-baccalaureat how can I take classes to become a registered dietitian?
A: If you have a previous degree but did not complete the DPD at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, you must complete the core DPD courses (along with the prerequisites) to receive verification of the completion of the knowledge and skills required. DUE TO BUDGET CONSTRAINTS, CAL POLY HAS A MORATORIUM ON ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS INTO THE POST-BACCALAUREATE DPD PROGRAM. For information on other DPD programs, please see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics's web page at www.eatright.org/CADE/.