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The following Nutrition degree is offered:

AS - Nutrition Science

Required Program Units
NUTRI 300    Nutrition (3)
NUTRI 340    Nutrition and Metabolism (3)
BIOL 400    Principles of Biology (5)
BIOL 410    Principles of Botany (5)
BIOL 420    Principles of Zoology (5)
CHEM 400    General Chemistry I (5)
CHEM 401    General Chemistry II (5)
CHEM 420    Organic Chemistry I (5)
CHEM 421    Organic Chemistry II (5)
PSYC 335    Research Methods in Psychology (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: (3)
ANTH 310    Cultural Anthropology (3)
SOC 300    Introductory Sociology (3)
SOC 301    Social Problems (3)
ECON 302    Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECON 304    Principles of Microeconomics (3)
PSYC 300    General Principles (3)

The Nutrition Science Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See FLC graduation requirements.

Program Description
The Nutrition Science AS degree provides students with an excellent foundation for a variety of science and healthcare career opportunities. Graduates of this program may continue their study of nutrition, food science or any science related academic area. After transfer to and completion of a 4-year degree at a university-level institution, students can further their studies towards a Master's (M.S.) and/or Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D.) in nutrition or other basic science related area.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the influence of chemical, biochemical, microbiological, and physiological disciplines as they
  • affect the body's processing of nutrients and food components during digestion, absorption,
  • metabolism, and excretion.
  • Integrate the biological, behavioral, socioeconomic and environmental factors related to food and nutrient intakes and needs across the lifespan.
  • Analyze the nutrition standards and nutritional assessment data to make evidence-based decisions.
  • Cite the functions and interrelationships of nutrients and food in human health, disease prevention, and disease states.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to locate, interpret, and evaluate research findings and professional literature to explain implications and limitations.
  • Apply basic terminology and nomenclature of inorganic chemistry.
  • Analyze, and predict the outcome of a multi-step organic synthesis based on simpler, more common reactions.
  • Apply organic functional group knowledge to biological molecules such as amino acids and proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates.


AS-T - Nutrition and Dietetics

BIOL 440   General Microbiology (4)
  or BIOL 442   General Microbiology and Public Health (5) (4-5) 
CHEM 400   General Chemistry I (5)
NUTRI 300   Nutrition (3)
PSYC 300   General Principles (3)
A minimum of 8 units from the following: (8)
  BIOL 430  Anatomy and Physiology (5)
    and BIOL 431   Anatomy and Physiology (5)
  CHEM 401   General Chemistry II (5)
  CHEM 420   Organic Chemistry I (5)
  PSYC 330   Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
    or STAT 300   Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: (3)
  ACCT 301   Financial Accounting (4)
  ANTH 310   Cultural Anthropology (3)
  BUS 340   Business Law (3)
  COMM 311   Argumentation and Debate (3)
  ECE 312   Child Development (3)
    or PSYC 372   Child Development (3)
  ECE 314   The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
  ECON 302   Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  ECON 304   Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  NUTRI 310   Cultural Foods of the World (3)
  SOC 300   Introductory Sociology (3)
  SOC 310   Marriage and the Family (3)

The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer (AS-T) degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Folsom Lake College allows students interested in pursuing a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics to complete their first two years of requirements at the community college before transferring to a California State University which offers a B.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Note to transfer students: If your goal is to transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a Bachelor's degree in nutrition or dietetics, you must meet with a counselor and plan the courses for your major. Each California State University may have different requirements for transfer and Bachelor degrees.

This program has the following completion 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:
  A. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University
General Education - Breadth Requirements.
  B. 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 better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between chemistry, biology, and nutrition.
  • Design diet plans using nutrition principles to promote optimal health.
  • Apply knowledge of the interaction of nutrition and health using problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Examine cultural diversity in regards to nutrition and foods.
  • Distinguish between reliable sources of nutrition information and nutrition claims not supported by research.

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