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.

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.

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.

2-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Co-requisite MATH course (2 units) and/or substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
KIN 173 Introduction to Nutrition 3
COUN 205 Pathways to Healthcare Careers 3
MATH 165
Introductory Statistics
or Introductory Statistics - Honors
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
Winter Term 1
ENGL 103
Composition and Critical Thinking
or Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking - Honors
ARCH 250
History of Architecture: Prehistory to Mannerism
or History of Architecture: Baroque to the Present Day
or Art History - Fundamentals of Global Art History
or Art History - Topics in Contemporary Art
or History of Photography
or Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Motion Picture Appreciation
or Motion Picture Appreciation - Honors
or History of Dance
or History of Rock and Roll
or Introduction to Theatre Arts
or Introduction to Theatre Arts - Honors
Spring Term 1
CHEM 110 Beginning General Chemistry 5
BIOL 105
General Biology
or General Biology - Honors
or Molecular and Cellular Biology
SPCH 100
Interpersonal Communication
or Interpersonal Communication - Honors
or Public Address
or Public Address - Honors
or Small Group Communication
Summer Term 1
BIOL 200 Human Anatomy 4
Fall Term 2
BIOL 201 Human Physiology 4
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5
KIN 166 American Food And Culture: Global Origins, History, and Current Impacts 3
HIST 107
History of the United States before 1877
or History of the United States before 1877 - Honors
or History of the United States since 1877
or History of the United States since 1877 - Honors
or History of Women in the United States
Winter Term 2
POLI 103
American Government and Politics
or American Government and Politics - Honors
ETHN 101
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
or Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies
Spring Term 2
BIOL 220 Microbiology 5
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 5
PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
or Introduction to Psychology - Honors
 Total Units70
 Note: Course selections may affect total unit value. 

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