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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Nutritional Science

 

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Nutritional Science provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in Nutrition. Students desiring a career in nutrition as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) should pursue the Dietetics transfer plan. Following the completion of an accredited Bachelor of Science program at a university and an accredited internship, students may pursue a career in nutrition related healthcare, wellness and prevention, sports nutrition, food and nutrition management, etc. Application for the accredited internship is a highly competitive process.

The Nutritional Sciences transfer plan provides foundational nutrition principles that can be applied to other careers in healthcare. Students may choose to major in Nutritional Sciences, earn a bachelor degree, and then seek graduate educational programs in Physician Assistant, Medical Doctor or Physical Therapist.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Nutritional Science (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing, utilizing the vocabulary of nutritional sciences. (BIO156++, BIO181++, FON100, FON125, HCC145, MAT206, PSY230, (CRE), [FYC], (COM))
  • Connect knowledge from the physical, biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences to the science of food and nutrition in health and disease processes. (BIO201++, BIO202, BIO205, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM130AA, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM151AA, CHM152, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM230LL, EXS290, FON100, FON142AB, FON225, FON241)
  • Apply food safety and food science principles in general practice. (FON100, FON142AB, FON241)
  • Evaluate socially and culturally appropriate strategies in order to respect nutritional and agricultural diverse cultures and values. (FON100, PSY101, [HU], [SB], (COM))
  • Describe and demonstrate the governance and ethics principles of food, nutrition, dietetics and health professionals. (BIO156++, BIO181++, BIO205, FON125, [FYC], [HU], [SB])
  • Locate and evaluate nutrition literature using various technologies. (EXS290, FON100, FON142AB, FON225, FON241, MAT206, PSY230, (CRE), [FYC])
  • Evaluate food systems and nutrition information based on scientific evidence. (BIO201++, BIO202, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM130AA, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM151AA, CHM152, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM230LL, EXS290, FON100, FON225, MAT206, PSY101, PSY230, (CRE), [FYC], [MA])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:31-36
BIO156++Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
One year of high school biology (0)0-4
(needed as prerequisite for BIO201++, BIO202, BIO205)
BIO201++Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO205Microbiology4
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1)
OR
CHM130AAFundamental Chemistry with Lab (4)
OR
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5)
OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)4-5
Note: (CHM15+ and CHM151LL) or CHM15+AA must be selected for students in the Nutritional Sciences transfer plans.
EXS290Introduction to Evidence Based Practice (3) OR
FON225Research in Complementary and Alternative Nutrition Therapies (3)3
FON100Introductory Nutrition3
FON142ABScience of Food3
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition3
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3)3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:4-11
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Transfer Plan 1: Dietetics
CHM230Fundamental Organic Chemistry3
CHM230LLFundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
FON125Introduction to Professions in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics1
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Transfer Plan 2: Nutritional Sciences
CHM152General Chemistry II3
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1
Transfer Plan 3: Arizona State University (ASU), College of Health Solutions, Dietetics, Bachelor of Science (BS)
CHM230Fundamental Organic Chemistry3
CHM230LLFundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
FON125Introduction to Professions in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics1
HCC145Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Transfer Plan 4: Arizona State University (ASU), College of Health Solutions, Nutritional Science, Bachelor of Science (BS)
CHM230Fundamental Organic Chemistry3
CHM230LLFundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
HCC145Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 18-30
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0
Met by EXS290 OR FON225 in the Required Courses area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
MAT155College Algebra/Functions with Review (5) OR
MAT156College Algebra/Functions with Review (6)3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0
Met by MAT206 or PSY230 in the Required Courses area.
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
Recommend PHI216 Environmental Ethics OR PHI213 Medical and Bio-Ethics
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 3-6
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.6
May be partially met by PSY101 in Restricted Electives.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0
Met by (CHM130 AND CHM130LL) OR CHM130AA OR [(CHM150 or CHM151) AND CHM151LL)] OR CHM150AA OR CHM151AA AND
BIO201++in the Required Courses area.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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