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Nutrition and Dietetics, Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T)

Banner Code: 1_AST_NUTR

Control Number: 35524

Financial Aid Eligible


Students graduating with an Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer Degree are well positioned to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in a similar major within the California State University system with 60 units of upper-division coursework. Students who complete the Nutrition and Dietetics AS-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum 2.0 is required for CSU admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult a counselor for more information.

This degree provides students with the foundational knowledge and common core of lower division courses required to transfer and pursue a baccalaureate degree in nutrition/dietetics to further prepare for careers as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). There are many career opportunities for dietitians. They work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, school districts, community organizations, and corporations.

Program Outcomes

  1. Evaluate scientific concepts of nutrition related to the functioning of nutrients in the basic life process.
  2. Demonstrate basic food science principles and food preparation techniques.
  3. Apply chemistry and biology concepts to determine the effects of nutrients on the human body.
  4. Students will be eligible and prepared for admission (SB 1440 and Education Code 66746) to California State University system schools.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum GPA of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors require a higher GPA. Consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18-semester units in the major as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C (or “P”) or better.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU General Education Breadth — Option 2) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC — Option 3).
  5. A minimum of 12 units in residence at OCC.
Course Title Units
Required Courses
Core Courses
BIOL A210General Microbiology5
CHEM A180General Chemistry A5
FN A170Nutrition3
PSYC A100Introduction to Psychology3
List A
Select two of the following: 19-10
Human Physiology
Organic Chemistry A
and Organic Chemistry A Lab
Introduction to Statistics
List B
FN A180Principles of Foods3
Program Major Units28-29
CSU or IGETC for CSU37-39
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units60

Program Sequence - CSU

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 A170 Nutrition 3
BIOL A210 General Microbiology 5
CSU GE AREA A2 - CHOOSE ONE 3
CSU GE AREA F - CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units14
Semester 2
CHEM A180 General Chemistry A 5
PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology 3
MATH A160 Introduction to Statistics 4
CSU GE AREA A3 - CHOOSE ONE 3-4
 Units15-16
Summer
ELECTIVE (CSU TRANSFERABLE) 4
 Units4
Year 2
Semester 1
FN A180 Principles of Foods 3
HIST A170
History of the United States to 1876 1
or History of the United States to 1876 Honors
or History of the United States Since 1876
or History of the United States Since 1876 Honors
3
BIOL A225
Human Physiology 2
or Organic Chemistry A and Organic Chemistry A Lab
5
CSU GE AREA A1 - CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units14
Semester 2
PSCI A180
American Government 1
or American Government Honors
3
CSU GE AREA C1 - CHOOSE ONE 3
CSU GE AREA C1 OR C2 - CHOOSE ONE 3
ELECTIVE (CSU TRANSFERABLE) 3 4
 Units13
 Total Units60-61

Program Sequence - IGETC

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 A170 Nutrition 3
BIOL A210 General Microbiology 5
IGETC GE AREA 1A - CHOOSE ONE 3
IGETC GE AREA 1C - CHOOSE ONE or ELECTIVE (UC TRANSFERABLE) 1 3
 Units14
Semester 2
CHEM A180 General Chemistry A 5
PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology 3
MATH A160 Introduction to Statistics 4
IGETC GE AREA 1B - CHOOSE ONE 3-4
 Units15-16
Summer
ELECTIVE (UC TRANSFERABLE) 3
 Units3
Year 2
Semester 1
FN A180 Principles of Foods 2 3
BIOL A225
Human Physiology 3
or Organic Chemistry A and Organic Chemistry A Lab
5
IGETC GE AREA 3A OR 3B - CHOOSE ONE 3
LOTE: Foreign Language or ELECTIVE (UC TRANSFERABLE) 4 3-5
 Units14-16
Semester 2
PSCI A180
American Government 5
or American Government Honors
3
HIST A170
History of the United States to 1876 6
or History of the United States to 1876 Honors
or History of the United States Since 1876
or History of the United States Since 1876 Honors
3
IGETC GE AREA 3A - CHOOSE ONE 3
IGETC GE AREA 4 - CHOOSE ONE 3
ELECTIVE (UC TRANSFERABLE) 7 2
 Units14
 Total Units60-63