Nutrition and Dietetics A.S.-T. Degree (13160.AST)
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.
The Foods and Nutrition Department at Merced College offers students a robust and interesting curriculum. It is designed to provide students with understanding in food safety, nutrition and food preparation and be able to utilize those skills in a management setting. The primary goals of the Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetic for Transfer are: 1) To enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry and 2) To analyze nutrition with a focus on the scientific processes of nutrients 3) To help students compare properties of food composition in preparation and 4) To identify critical components, and prevention procedures for food safety and sanitation. The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetic for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Nutrition and Dietetic or similar major.
Upon completion, students with an Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer will be eligible to transfer with junior standing into an equivalent major within the California State University (CSU) system.
For an Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer (AS-T), students must complete the following:
60 semester CSU-transferable units.
the California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
a minimum of 18 semester in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
earn a grade of C (or P) or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
Note: Students are not required to complete any additional local graduation requirements for the AS-T (e.g., PE and Computer and Information Literacy courses).
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
A. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry by solving problems utilizing concepts and equations.
B. Analyze Nutrition with a focus on the scientific processes of nutrients including digestion and absorption.
C. Compare properties of food composition in preparation including phytochemicals.
D. Evaluate critical components, and prevention of food borne illness for food safety and sanitation.
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Program Core: (25-28 Units)
CHEM-04A General Chemistry I
PSYC-01A Introduction to Psychology (3)
Select 2 courses from the following: (7-10 Units).
Select 1 course from the following: (3-4 Units).
Any List A course not already used above.
Total Units toward the Major: (25-28 Units)
Total Units that may be double counted: (-10-16 Units)
Elective (CSU Transferable) Units: (5-12 Units)
Total Degree Units: (60 Units)
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