Nutrition and Foods Certificate (13161.CT)

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.

A Certificate of Achievement in Foods and Nutrition provides a foundation and introduction to the core courses in the program as well as a choice of other more specialized courses. A student may select the seven additional units in their area of study. This Certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the curriculum listed below with a minimum grade of a ā€œCā€ (or P) in each course required for the certificate.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

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

C. Communicate effectively in a food service setting with diverse cultures.

D. Use critical thinking skills to evaluate and utilize material in the specialization coursework.

Visit the Program Mapper for more information on when to take classes and career information.

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 
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)

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Contact Information


Bryan Tassey


(209) 384-6250

School Office

AGIT Office


(209) 381-6478

Nutrition and Foods Website