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Nutrition Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

The goal of the Associate of Science in Nutrition is to prepare students to successfully enter the academic pathway for becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. This degree is specifically designed to meet the requirements for transfer to local colleges with four-year didactic programs in dietetics (DPD) that prepare students to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. * 

* Note that beginning in 2024, a minimum of a graduate degree will be required to sit for the registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. 

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree/certificate requirements in this program. Students will: 

  1. Analyze dietary patterns for nutritional adequacy, including nutrient deficits, excesses, and risk factors for the development of chronic disease
  2. Explore the academic and career pathways within the nutrition and dietetics profession
  3. Demonstrate understanding of culturally inclusive care in the nutrition and dietetics profession 

Associate Degree Major Requirements

BIO-152Paramedical Microbiology5
BIO-140Human Anatomy4
CHEM-115Fundamentals of Chemistry4
CHEM-116Introductory Organic and Biochemistry4
CHEM-117Introductory Biochemistry3
NUTR-200Foods and Nutrition: Overview and Opportunities1
NUTR-255Science of Nutrition3
NUTR-159Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition3
NUTR-205The Scientific Principles of Food Preparation4
MATH-160Elementary Statistics3-4
or ANTH-215 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
or PSY-215 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
or SOC-215 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
or BIO-215 Statistics for Life Sciences
PSY-120Introductory Psychology3
SOC-120Introductory Sociology3
Total Units40-41

Plus General Education and Elective Requirements

Certificate of Achievement 

Any student who chooses to complete only the requirements listed above for the major qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement in Nutrition. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.