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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Nutritional Science
Major: 8115
Effective Term: 2024 Fall   
Award Type: AA

CIP Code: 19.0504
Program Availability: CG   EM   GC   MC   PC   PV   RS   SC   SM  
Instructional Council: Nutrition
Total Credits: 60-64
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as:
29-1031.00 Dietitians and Nutritionists

Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a career as:
29-1051.00 Pharmacists
29-1021.00 Dentists, General
29-1071.00 Physician Assistants
29-1215.00 Family Medicine Physicians
29-1299.01 Naturopathic Physicians
29-1229.05 Preventive Medicine Physicians
29-1229.00 Physicians, All Other

Description: The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Nutritional Science provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in Nutrition. Students desiring a career in nutrition as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) should pursue the Dietetics transfer plan. Following the completion of an accredited Bachelor of Science program at a university and an accredited internship, students may pursue a career in nutrition related healthcare, wellness and prevention, sports nutrition, food and nutrition management, etc. Application for the accredited internship is a highly competitive process.

The Nutritional Sciences transfer plan provides foundational nutrition principles that can be applied to other careers in healthcare. Students may choose to major in Nutritional Sciences, earn a bachelor degree, and then seek graduate educational programs in Physician Assistant, Medical Doctor or Physical Therapist.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Communicate effectively orally and in writing, utilizing the vocabulary of nutritional sciences. (BIO156++, BIO181++, FON100, FON125, HCC145, MAT206, PSY230, PSY230WL, PSY231, (CRE), [FYC], (COM))
2. Connect knowledge from the physical, biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences to the science of food and nutrition in health and disease processes. (BIO201++, BIO202, BIO205, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM130AA, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM151AA, CHM152, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM230LL, EXS290, FON100, FON142AB, FON225, FON241)
3. Apply food safety and food science principles in general practice. (FON100, FON142AB, FON241)
4. Evaluate socially and culturally appropriate strategies in order to respect nutritional and agricultural diverse cultures and values. (FON100, PSY101, [HU], [SB], (COM))
5. Describe and demonstrate the governance and ethics principles of food, nutrition, dietetics and health professionals. (BIO156++, BIO181++, BIO205, FON125, [FYC], [HU], [SB])
6. Locate and evaluate nutrition literature using various technologies. (EXS290, FON100, FON142AB, FON225, FON241, MAT206, PSY230, PSY230WL, PSY231, (CRE), [FYC])
7. Evaluate food systems and nutrition information based on scientific evidence. (BIO201++, BIO202, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM130AA, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM151AA, CHM152, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM230LL, EXS290, FON100, FON225, MAT206, PSY101, PSY230, PSY230WL, PSY231, (CRE), [FYC], [MA])
Required Courses
+ BIO156++ Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
+ BIO181++ General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
One year of high school biology (0) 0-4
(needed as prerequisite for BIO201++, BIO202, BIO205)

+ BIO201++ Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
+ BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
+ BIO205 Microbiology 4

+ CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
+ CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1)
+ CHM130AA Fundamental Chemistry with Lab (4)
+ CHM150 General Chemistry I (4) OR
+ CHM151 General Chemistry I (3) AND
+ CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
+ CHM150AA General Chemistry I (5)
+ CHM151AA General Chemistry I (4) 4-5
Note: (CHM15+ and CHM151LL) or CHM15+AA must be selected for students in the Nutritional Sciences transfer plans.

+ EXS290 Introduction to Evidence Based Practice (3) OR
+ FON225 Research in Complementary and Alternative Nutrition Therapies (3) 3

FON100 Introductory Nutrition 3
FON142AB Science of Food 3
FON241 Principles of Human Nutrition 3

FYE101 Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success (1) OR
FYE103 Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success (3) 1-3

+ MAT206 Elements of Statistics (3) OR
+ PSY230 Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
+ PSY230 Introduction to Statistics(3) AND
+ PSY231 Laboratory for Statistics (1) OR
+ PSY230WL Introduction to Statistics with Lab (4) 3-4
Credits: 32-40

+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates that any suffixed course may be selected.
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 27, 2023

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.