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Nutrition Education, Associate in Science Degree

Banner Code: 1_AS_NCNE

Control Number: 08668

Financial Aid Eligible


Students who graduate from this program are prepared for employment in nutrition programs and industries in Southern California, encompassing weight control clinics, health and fitness organizations, community nutrition agencies, and manufacturers of nutrition related products.

Complete the Nutrition Education Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

Program Outcome

Graduates will be competent entry-level Nutrition Education Assistants meeting the employment needs of the community.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AS major requirements.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Course Title Units
Required Courses
BIOL A221Anatomy-Physiology4
FN A100Careers in Dietetics and Food Science1
or NC A100 Careers in Dietetics/FDSCI
FN A125Vegetarian Nutrition1
FN A144Life Cycle Nutrition3
FN A180Principles of Foods3
FN A170Nutrition3
FN A171Applied Nutrition2
FN A185Cultural Foods2
FSM A160Sanitation and Safety2
NC A180Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy3
NC A280Intermediate Nutrition Care2
NC A281Supervised Practice 13
Total Units29
Nutrition Education Suggested Electives: 
CDE A180 Child, Growth and Development
FN A136 Nutrition, Fitness and Performance
Requirement Units
Minimum Program Major Units 29
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60

Nutrition Education Suggested Electives

CDE A180 Child, Growth and Development
FN A136 Nutrition, Fitness and Performance

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
FN A100
Careers in Dietetics and Food Science
or Careers in Dietetics/FDSCI
1
FN A144 Life Cycle Nutrition 3
FSM A160 Sanitation and Safety 2
FN A170 Nutrition 3
OCC AS GE AREA A1 - CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units12
Semester 2
FN A125 Vegetarian Nutrition 1
FN A180 Principles of Foods 3
NC A180 Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy 3
BIOL A221 Anatomy-Physiology 4
OCC AS GE AREA C1 - CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units14
Summer
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of High School Algebra 2 with a "C" or better): 3-4
Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 1
or Combined Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
 
 Units3-4
Year 2
Semester 1
FN A171 Applied Nutrition 2
FN A185 Cultural Foods 2
NC A280 Intermediate Nutrition Care 2
NC A281 Supervised Practice 1 3
OCC AS GE AREA A2- CHOOSE ONE 2 3-4
OCC AS GE AREA C2 - CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units15-16
Semester 2
OCC AS GE AREA D - CHOOSE ONE 3
ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 3 13
 Units16
 Total Units60-62