The Nutrition and Food Science curriculum is designed to provide students with knowledge of nutrition principles and skills in food preparation techniques.
This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in the nutrition and fitness industry; additional training and certifications required to become a Personal Trainer.
The curriculum provides education for transfer to upper division institutions for careers in foods, food preparation or food service, dietetics and dietary health care, and promotes optimum health to maximize one’s physical, social, and economic potential.
This program provides students with a strong foundation in nutrition, dietetics, and food science. Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to evaluate personal energy and nutrient requirements and food sources using current dietary assessment tools; demonstrate the understanding of the physiological processing of nutrients as they relate to energy balance, metabolism and physical activity; evaluate the impact of external variables on food safety, food choices, food beliefs, and disease risk; and identify dietary and lifestyle modifications for improving health throughout the life cycle.
The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer degree (AS-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing within the CSU system. Students are also given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.
To earn the Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:
It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
RESTRICTION: International coursework from non-United States regionally accredited institutions cannot be applied to associate degrees for transfer.
See the catalog for required courses.
The purpose of this certificate program is to provide an enhanced understanding of the relationships among food, body composition, health and human performance. This program is designed to meet the needs of students interested in seeking entry-level employment in fitness centers and health clubs. This program can also prepare students for the American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness Instructors Exam and the American Council on Exercise Exam, such that the students can ultimately become personal trainers in these facilities and command higher salaries. Career opportunities include: fitness professional, personal trainer, aerobic dance instructor, fitness club instructor, and nutrition specialist.