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

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing, utilizing the vocabulary of nutritional sciences. (BIO156, BIO181, CRE101, FON100, FON125, MAT206, PSY230, [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, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM230LL, EXS290, FON100, FON142AB, 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, PHI213, PHI216, [FYC], [HU], [SB])
  • Locate and evaluate nutrition literature using various technologies. (CRE101, EXS290, FON100, FON142AB, FON241, MAT206, PSY230, [FYC])
  • Evaluate food systems and nutrition information based on scientific evidence. (BIO201, BIO202, CRE101, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM230LL, EXS290, FON100, MAT206, PSY101, PSY230, [FYC], [MA])

Details

Academic Plan Code: 
8115
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Nutritional Science
Total credits required: 
60-64
Effective term: 
2020 Fall
Award notes

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

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:27
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1)4
EXS290Introduction to Evidence Based Practice3
FON100Introductory Nutrition3
FON142ABScience of Food3
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition3
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:8-21
Complete all courses 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
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4)4
BIO205Microbiology4
CHM230Fundamental Organic Chemistry3
CHM230LLFundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
FON125Introduction to Professions in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics1
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Transfer Plan 2: Human Nutrition
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I4
CHM152General Chemistry II3
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1
Transfer Plan 3: Arizona State University (College of Health Solutions), Nutrition (Dietetics), Bachelor of Science
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO156XTIntroductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
BIO181XTGeneral Biology (Majors) I (4)4
BIO205Microbiology4
CHM230Fundamental Organic Chemistry3
CHM230LLFundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
FON125Introduction to Professions in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics1
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Transfer Plan 4: Arizona State University (College of Health Solutions), Nutrition (Human Nutrition), Bachelor of Science
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO182General Biology (Majors) II4
CHM152General Chemistry II3
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHM235General Organic Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM235LLGeneral Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
OR
CHM230Fundamental Organic Chemistry (3) AND
CHM230LLFundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)4
Note: Students who wish to apply to medical school or dental school should take 8 semester hours of organic chemistry. These students should enroll in CHM235 and CHM235LL.
CHM236General Organic Chemistry IIA (3) AND
CHM236LLGeneral Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory (1)
OR
CHM238General Organic Chemistry IIB (3) AND
CHM238LLGeneral Organic Chemistry IIB Laboratory (2)0-5
Note: Students who wish to apply to medical school or dental school should take 8 semester hours of organic chemistry these student should enroll in CHM236 and CHM236LL. This can be taken after transfer.
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 18-33
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
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 in Required Courses area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-9
Transfer Plan 1 Dietetics and Transfer Plan 3 Arizona State University (College of Health Solutions), Nutrition (Dietetics), Bachelor of Science
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Any approved general education course with the Mathematical Applications [MA] designation.3-6
Transfer Plan 2 Human Nutrition and Transfer Plan 4 Arizona State University (College of Health Solutions), Nutrition (Human Nutrition), Bachelor of Science
MAT187Precalculus (5)
OR
MAT150College Algebra / Functions (5) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3)
OR
MAT151College Algebra / Functions (5) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3)
OR
MAT152College Algebra / Functions (5) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3)
OR
MAT155College Algebra / Functions with Review (5) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3)
OR
MAT156College Algebra / Functions with Review (6) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3)5-9
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0
Met by MAT206 or PSY230 in 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 (CHM130AA, CHM130 AND CHM130LL) OR (CHM151AA, CHM151 AND CHM151LL) in Required Courses area AND
Met by BIO201 or BIO201XT in Required Courses area.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
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
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
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
General Electives
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-4
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits.

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