About Us

The Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging trains graduates for rewarding careers in settings as diverse as community organizations, educational institutions, hospitals, nutrition and research laboratories, corporations and government agencies. The first nutrition department in the California State University system, our department traces its roots to 1911. We currently offer a master's degree in nutritional science and two undergraduate degrees in the field: a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science with three concentrations: Dietetics, Applied Nutrition and Food Sciences, and Food Management and a BS degree in Packaging. Our Dietetics program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and qualifying our students to apply for ACEND accredited internships and to work toward becoming registered dietitians.

Our Packaging program is internationally recognized as a leader in training professionals in the field of packaging and has relationships with other universities offering degrees in Packaging. The program includes an internship program where students work as paid interns with firms in the Bay Area and outside California. The SJSU Packaging program is recognized by all the professional organizations involved with the Packaging industry, PMMI, IoPP, TAPPI and AIMCAL. The areas of Medical Device Packaging Pharmaceutical and Food Packaging are key areas in Silicon Valley and our graduates are sought out by firms in these industries.

Office Information

The department office will not be open until further notice. Please contact Leah Olaivar (leah.olaivar@sjsu.edu, 408-924-3100) for any inquiries.


Central Classroom Building 200

Contact Information


Monday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Closed Saturdays and Sundays.