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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Food Science and Technology

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Food Science and Technology covers many specializations within the realm of food science. The coursework for this program is interdisciplinary and provides students a choice of food science courses from the food science specializations of food biochemistry, fermentation, protein science, the analysis of foods using analytical techniques, and research and product development. Academic food science certificates aid students in chemistry, biology, and engineering fields to gain enough academic knowledge to enter the workforce in food science. Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Food Science Technology I and II are also available.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8136
Total Credits Required
60-71
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Effectively communicate orally, visually and in writing in an accurate, articulate, respectful and culturally responsive manner.
  2. Collaborate with diverse individuals and institutions to explore opportunities and resolve problems.
  3. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior appropriate to the food science discipline.
  4. Critically evaluate the internal and external validity of scientific studies to inform decisions.
  5. Explain the relationship between structure and function at the molecular and cellular level.
  6. Construct qualitative and quantitative models to draw conclusions concerning physical, biological, and chemical phenomena.
  7. Conduct experiments to accurately collect, analyze, and evaluate data.
  8. Design experiments using appropriate mathematical models, technology, and equipment.
  9. Adhere to standard safety protocols when performing experiments and collecting data.
  10. Apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the Food Science and Technology discipline.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

$57,850

Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other

$45,530

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FST263 Critical course Gateway course
(CHM130 and
CHM130LL)
or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
(Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory) or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) Critical course Gateway course SQ 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT212 or
MAT213 or
MAT220 or
MAT221
Brief Calculus or Brief Calculus or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I Critical course MA 3–5
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FST264 Critical course
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
(CHM230 and
CHM230LL)
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or (Fundamental Organic Chemistry and Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory) Critical course take CHM230 and CHM230LL if CHM130 AND CHM130LL were taken in Term 1; take CHM152 AND CHM152LL if CHM151 and CHM151LL were taken in Term 1. SQ 4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
BIO156 or
BIO181
Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I Critical course Gateway course SQ 4
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FST175 or
CUL101
FST175 or Culinary Basics 3
FST265
FON104 Certification in Food Service Safety and Sanitation 1
CHM235 and
CHM235LL
General Organic Chemistry I and General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 0–4
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements simultaneously SB or L 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design SSH111 recommended 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design FST267 or FST275 recommended 3
RE Restricted Electives 3–4
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY111 General Physics I Recommended for students intending to transfer SQ 0–4
BIO205 Microbiology Recommended for students intending to transfer SG 0–4
FON241 and
FON241LL
Principles of Human Nutrition and Principles of Human Nutrition Laboratory Recommended for students intending to transfer SG 0–4
FST266 Recommended for students intending to transfer 0–4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FST263 Critical course Gateway course
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT212 or
MAT213 or
MAT220 or
MAT221
Brief Calculus or Brief Calculus or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I Critical course MA 3–5
FST264 Critical course

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(CHM130 and
CHM130LL)
or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
(Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory) or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) Critical course Gateway course SQ 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
(CHM230 and
CHM230LL)
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or (Fundamental Organic Chemistry and Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory) Critical course take CHM230 and CHM230LL if CHM130 AND CHM130LL were taken in Term 1; take CHM152 AND CHM152LL if CHM151 and CHM151LL were taken in Term 1. SQ 4
FST175 or
CUL101
FST175 or Culinary Basics 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO156 or
BIO181
Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I Critical course Gateway course SQ 4
FST265

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FON104 Certification in Food Service Safety and Sanitation 1
CHM235 and
CHM235LL
General Organic Chemistry I and General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory Critical course 0–4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements simultaneously SB or L 0–3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design FST267 or FST275 recommended 3
RE Restricted Electives 3–4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design SSH111 recommended 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 11

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 11
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY111 General Physics I Recommended for students intending to transfer SQ 0–4
BIO205 Microbiology Recommended for students intending to transfer SG 0–4

Term 12

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 12
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FON241 and
FON241LL
Principles of Human Nutrition and Principles of Human Nutrition Laboratory Recommended for students intending to transfer SG 0–4
FST266 Fermentation in Food Science Recommended for students intending to transfer 0–4
Program Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Food Science and Technology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=137659).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020