The Associate Degree for Transfer in Nutrition and Dietetics prepares students for success in a baccalaureate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics with the lower division course work required to transfer into the CSU system.  Students completing the Associate Degree for Transfer in Nutrition and Dietetics will be prepared to transfer to a CSU as juniors and pursue a baccalaureate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.  Students transferring to a non-CSU campus should consult the catalog and determine the specific requirements of the campus to which they are applying.

The study of Nutrition provides a broad foundation in a practical and personally applicable exposure to a variety of scientific areas of nutrition, such as Chemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology and Biology. Students in the program learn how the scientific method and process contributes to nutritional requirements and how nutrients function from a cellular to a more practical level and then apply this knowledge to their own health.  This program will help the student understand the relationship of nutrition and disease prevention throughout the lifecycle.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate scientific concepts of nutrition related to the functioning of the nutrients in the basic life process and apply these concepts to determine the effects of nutrients on the human body.
  • Outline the process by which the human body ingests, digests, absorbs, transports, utilizes and excretes food substances.
  • List and describe the basic chemical structures of the six classes of nutrients, their action, interaction and balance in relation to health and disease.
Required Courses (26-28 units) Units
KIN-4* Nutrition 3
PSY-1/1H* General Psychology/Honors 3
BIO-55*  Microbiology 4
CHE-1A/1AH* General Chemistry I/Honors 5
CHE-1A/1AH* General Chemisty I/Honors 5
CHE-1B/1BH* General Chemistry II/Honors 5
Electives A Choose from list A below 3-13
Electives B Choose from list A below 3-4
Electives - List A (3-13 units) Select one course if CHE-1A/1B was taken above or two if not Units
CHE-1A/1AH* General Chemistry I 5
CHE-1B/1BH* General Chemistry II  5
BIO-50A* Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO-50B* Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MAT-12/12H* Statistics/Honors 4
SOC-48*/PSY48* Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences  3
Electives - List B (3 units) Units
HES 1* Health Science 3
KIN 35* Foundation for Fitness and Wellness 3

*Courses may also be used to fulfill general education requirements for the CSU GE or IGETC pattern, please confer with a counselor.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements and with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (or a “P” if taken as Pass/No Pass).