Nutrition and Foods A.S. Degree (13161.AS)

School of Agriculture and Industrial Technology

The Foods and Nutrition Department at Merced College offers students a foundation and some specialty courses for their career in Foods and Nutrition. The curriculum provides diverse coursework that satisfies the needs of Dietetic Service Supervisory Level, food service management as well as those seeking a career with healthcare, public health programs as well as the restaurant field. Childcare programs, nursing and allied health majors benefit as well from the diverse variety of coursework.

An Associate of Science Degree in Nutrition and Foods prepares students for entry-level management/supervisory roles in the food service area. Upon satisfactory completion (a minimum grade of a “C” (or P) is required in all courses and maintain a 2.0 GPA) students will receive their Dietetic Service Supervisor Certificate as well as their AS Degree. Students completing this degree have demonstrated the knowledge and hands on experience with specialized coursework in their area of interest to work effectively in the field of Foods and Nutrition. Students must pass the ServSafe Manager or equivalent Food Safety Certification, earn a minimum of a “C” (or P) in each major course, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and meet the graduation requirements.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

A. Produce safe, satisfying and nutritionally adequate food for patients/ customers with attention to available resources.

B. Examine supervisory skills in a food service setting including the ability to train in food safety, participate in quantity meal production and create menus to for special populations.

C. Formulate effective communication in a food service setting with diverse cultures.

D. Evaluate and utilize materials in the specialization coursework.

E. Distinguish and understand the importance of various disciplines in the learning process for global awareness and appreciation for the environment.

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Program Requirements:

Program Core: (30 Units)


NUTR-10 Nutrition


NUTR-12 Culture and Cuisine of the World


NUTR-20 Principles of Foods


NUTR-25 Introduction to Nutrition and Food Careers


NUTR-37 Nutrition & Food Service Supervised Field Experience


NUTR-40 Food Service Management


NUTR-42 Food Production Management


NUTR-44 Food Safety and Sanitation


NUTR-45 Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy


Restricted Electives from the following courses (7 Units)

AOM-30 Introduction to Computer Applications (3)
NUTR-24 Work Experience in Nutrition  (1)
NUTR-41 Infant and Toddler Feeding (1)
NUTR-43 Children and Weight Concerns (1)
NUTR-46 Sports and Exercise Nutrition (3)
NUTR-50 Baking Basics and Business (1.5)
AGPS-01 Elements of Plant Science (3)


Major Total: (30 Units)

Completion of MCCD-GE Breadth: (23 units)

Double Counting (3-6 units)

Elective (as needed to reach 60 units) Units: (12-15 Units)

Total Degree Units: (60 Units)

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Contact Information


Bryan Tassey


(209) 384-6250

School Office

AGIT Office


(209) 381-6478

Nutrition and Foods Website