ADT in Nutrition and Dietetics

The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer (AS-T) involves the understanding of nutrient metabolism and the relationship to optimal health including prevention of degenerative diseases. The course of study provides an integrated curriculum of nutrition coursework along with a solid background in the human body, chemical function and metabolism of nutrients, and the sociological implications of food and behavior. Throughout the degree students will acquire and develop knowledge and skills that will provide a solid background in nutrition so that students can make informed decisions on their personal health and that of their families and communities.

Upon completion of the Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer (AS-T), students will have a strong academic foundation in the field and be prepared for upper division baccalaureate study. Completion of the degree indicates that the student will have satisfied the lower division requirements for transfer into a Nutrition and Dietetics program for many campuses in the California State University system.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses:
BIOL 220Microbiology5
CHEM 111General Chemistry I5
KIN 173Introduction to Nutrition3
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
or PSY 101H Introduction to Psychology - Honors
List A: Select two (2) of the following courses:
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology4
General Chemistry II5
Introductory Statistics 14
List B: Select one (1) of the following courses:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
Survey of Economics3
American Food And Culture: Global Origins, History, and Current Impacts3
Developmental Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology3
Public Address3
Public Address - Honors
Total Units27-28

MATH 165 is degree applicable with or without MATH 065. If taken with MATH 065, only the units for MATH 165 will be counted towards the degree.

A.S.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Nutrition and Dietetics A.S.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate and articulate a comprehensive knowledge of the relationship of nutrients and lifestyle factors and the associated risk of degenerative diseases.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of physiological processes such as digestion, absorption, transport and metabolism of nutrients.
  3. Recognize and separate scientifically supported information from misinformation, and identify ways in which social factors influence food related choices, practices and beliefs.

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


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