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A program that prepares individuals to integrate and apply the principles of the food and nutrition sciences, human behavior, and the biomedical sciences to design and manage effective nutrition programs. Students who pursue this field can work in a variety of settings including health care organizations, food service operations, business and industry (product development, marketing, consulting), education and research, health promotion, and private practice counseling. Careers include Clinical Dietitian/Nutritionist, Nutrition Educator, Weight Loss Counselor, Diet Technician, Food Services Manager, Patient Services Manager, Dietitian, Pediatric Dietitian, Nutrition Researcher, Sports, and Cardiac Rehabilitation Dietitian, Nutrition Consultant, Diabetes Educator, and many others.

Nutrition Course Offerings

Nutrition 1 Introduction to Nutrition Science

Nutrition 4 Healthy Lifestyle:  Food and Nutrition

Nutrition 7 Food and Culture in America

Nutrition 8 Principles of Food with Lab

Refer to the SMC Course Catalog for  course descriptions

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science Transfer Degree Icon Associate in Science - Transfer More information on the Associate in Science for Transfer Degree

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Associate in Science for Transfer - Nutrition and DieteticsAssociate in Science Transfer Degree Icon

18 units + General Education Requirements

The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer (AS-T) involves the understanding of nutrient metabolism and the relationship to optimal health including prevention of degenerative diseases. The course of study provides an integrated curriculum of nutrition coursework along with a solid background in the human body, chemical function and metabolism of nutrients, and the sociological implications of food and behavior. Throughout the degree, students will acquire and develop knowledge and skills that will provide a solid background in nutrition so that students can make informed decisions on their personal health.

Upon completion of the Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer (AS-T), students will have a strong academic foundation in the field and be prepared for upper division baccalaureate study. Completion of the degree indicates that the student will have satisfied the lower division requirements for transfer into a Nutrition and Dietetics program for many campuses in the California State University system.

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Potential Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators Bachelor's Degree $77,771
Community Health Workers Bachelor's Degree $41,760
Dietitians and Nutritionists Bachelor's Degree $72,930