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Nutrition and Dietetics

Award Type: Associate in Science for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer program provides education in nutrition science and the relationship of the human diet to health and lifestyle-related diseases. The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics prepares students for transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in nutrition and dietetics. This major provides the opportunity for students to begin their career path in the field of nutrition and dietetics, with a wide variety of career possibilities in nutrition, public health, and clinical settings. Students may pursue further education and training to become registered dietitians (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN). To earn certification as an RD or RDN, specific education and training requirements must be met, as established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Requirements include successful completion of a bachelors degree, an accredited nutrition curriculum, an extensive supervised program of practice at a healthcare facility or food service organization or community agency, and passing a rigorous registration exam. RD and RDMs have opportunities to work in hospitals, healthcare agencies, food service companies, and many other areas involving nutrition education, counseling, and management. Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including the following: 1. Completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE). 2.  A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district. 3, Obtainment of an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0. 4. Minimum grade of C, or P grade, for each course in the major. [The following Allan Hancock College graduation requirements will not be required: Health and Wellness, Multicultural Gender Studies and Allan Hancock College General Education.]

The graduate of the Associate in Science for Transfer in Nutrition and Dietetics will:

  • identify essential nutrients and describe their chemical structures, food sources, digestion, absorption, transport, metabolism, functions in the body, and requirements for optimal health.
  • apply dietary guidelines to develop meal plans and lifestyle patterns that meet individual needs, promote health, and reduce disease risk.
  • critically evaluate scientific research and nutrition information, and develop evidence-based responses to questions about diet and health.
  • communicate nutrition concepts clearly, accurately, and effectively.

Program Requirements

A major of 27.5 - 29.5 units is required for the degree.

Required core courses 20.5 units:

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 128 Microbiology 4.5
CHEM 150 General Chemistry 1 5.0
CHEM 151 General Chemistry 2 5.0
FSN 110 Nutrition Science 3.0
PSY 101 General Psychology 3.0

List A - Select one course (4-5 units) from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 124 Human Anatomy 4.0
BIOL 125 Human Physiology 4.0
CHEM 180 Organic Chemistry 1 5.0
MATH 123 Elementary Statistics 4.0

List B - Select one course (3-4 units) from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
CA 120 Principles of Foods 1 4.0
FSN 133 Introduction To Food Science 3.0
FSN 134 Food, Nutrition Customs and Culture 4.0

General Education

Complete one of the following:
a) CSU General Education Breadth - 39 units
b) Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) - 37 units

Double counting:
Number of units that may be double counted for the major and CSU GE or IGETC - 7 - 15 units

Select additional CSU transferrable units as needed to achieve 60 units required for the degree.

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