Nutrition Studies

Learning Outcomes

After completing courses in Nutrition Studies, a student will be able to:

  • Explain the scientific basis for nutrition
  • Apply nutrition concepts to regular and therapeutic diets

Courses

NUTR 15: Human Nutrition

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID NUTR 110

Basic scientific principles as they apply to human nutrition in maintaining health and preventing disease are discussed. Concentration is on the nutrient requirements of the human body throughout life. Biochemical functions and interrelationships of nutrients are examined. Current nutritional controversies are evaluated. Students gain practical experience in evaluating nutritional data by completing a self-study project. This course is designed for the student who has no science background. This course meets the nutrition requirement for nursing majors at San Jose State University. Pass/No Pass Option

NUTR 20: World Food Customs and Nutrition

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course examines food intake patterns, food customs and nutritional status of people from various racial, regional and religious backgrounds of the world from an evolutionary and ecological perspective. In addition, this course looks at food as a source of nutrients as well as an integral part of people’s cultures. This course explores contemporary health problems related to food and nutrition, and discusses different approaches to dealing with these challenges through community development and other intervention strategies. Pass/No Pass Option

NUTR 22: Sports Nutrition

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is designed specifically for the fitness specialist or enthusiast who wants a basic understanding of nutritional principles as they relate to exercise and sports. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of nutrients in physical performance. Body composition, precompetition meals and the efficiency of ergogenic aids are also discussed. Pass/No Pass Option

Degrees

The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer degree (AS-T in Nutrition and Science) is a 60 unit program which provides students the lower division coursework required for transfer to a CSU institution for the major in Nutrition And Dietetics for the goal of a career path in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students who complete the Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer degree (AS-T in Nutrition and Dietetics) will be able to demonstrate knowledge in the relationship of the human diet to health and lifestyle-related diseases. The purpose of the Nutrition and Dietetics major is to provide students with education and training in the area of nutritional sciences or dietetics, and to prepare for transfer. This major provides the opportunity for students to begin their career path in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units 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 better in al courses required for the major or area of emphasis

Students are not required to complete the information competency requirements, PE requirements or cultural diversity requirements found in other degrees at the College.

After completing an A.S.-T in Nutrition and Dietetics, a student will be able to:

  • Identify the role of nutrients and healthy food preparations for optimal health and well-being
  • Select appropriate foods for a healthy diet and disease risk reduction
  • Clearly communicate nutrition concepts in oral and written formats
  • Use critical thinking to analyze and interpret information from various media sources and draw scientifically-based conclusions

Required Core Courses: 21 units

Course Number Course Title Units
NUTR 15 Human Nutrition 3 units
PSYC 1 General Psychology 3 units
CHEM 1A General Chemistry 5 units
CHEM 1B General Chemistry 5 units
BIOL 45 Microbiology 5 units

List A: Select a Minimum of One Course

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry 5 units
BIOL 47 Human Anatomy 5 units
OR
BIOL 48 Human Psychology 5 units
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 4 units
OR
MATH 10H Honors Elementary Statistics 4 units

List B: Select One Course

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 11 Human Biology 4 units
OR
BIOL 11H Honors Human Biology 4 units
BIOL 41 Principles of Animal Biology 5 units
BIOL 42 Principles of Plant Biology 5 units
BIOL 43 Principles of Cell Biology 5 units
ECON 1A Principles of Macroeconomics 3 units
OR
ECON 1AH Honors of Macroeconomics 3 units
ECON 1B Principles of Microeconomics 3 units
OR
ECON 1BH Principles of Microeconomics 3 units
MATH 1 Pre-Calculus Algebra 4 units
MATH 2 Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry 6 units
PHYS 2A General Physics – Mechanics 5 units
PHYS 2B General Physics – Electricity and Magnetism 5 units
SOCI 1 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
Total Major Units 28-32 units
GE Units (CSU GE or IGETC) 39 or 37 units
Total Degree Units 60 units

Recommended Course Sequence

Fall, Year 1 (11 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
NUTR 15 Human Nutrition 3 units
CHEM 1A General Chemistry 5 units
PSYC 1 General Chemistry 5 units

Spring, Year 1 (10 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 45 Microbiology 5 units
CHEM 1B General Chemistry 5 units

List A: Suggested Courses

Fall, Year 2 (5 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry 5 units

Spring, Year 2 (9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 4 units
BIOL 48 Human Physiology 5 units

List B: Suggested Course

Fall, Year 2 (4 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 11 Human Biology 4 units

Required Core: 28-32 units

Last Updated 2/16/19