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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Graduates demonstrate critical thinking skills in addressing nutrition issues.
  2. Graduates demonstrate the knowledge, ethics, and technical skills needed to succeed in nutrition-related fields and post-graduate studies.
  3. Graduates demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  4. Graduates demonstrate the ability to work effectively as part of a problem-solving team.
  5. Graduates demonstrate cultural competence interacting with diverse populations.

Program Educational Outcomes

  • Graduates can apply the knowledge of nutrients and foods to meet the nutritional and health needs of individuals and groups throughout the life cycle.
  • Graduates can apply the principles of social, physical and biological sciences to address human nutrition issues.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

FSN 101Orientation to the Food Science and Nutrition Majors1
FSN 121Fundamentals of Food4
FSN 210Nutrition4
FSN 230Elements of Food Processing4
or FSN 319 Food Technology for the Consumer
FSN 250Food and Nutrition: Customs and Culture (USCP) (D4) 14
FSN 310Maternal and Child Nutrition4
FSN 315Nutrition in Aging4
FSN 328
FSN 329
Nutrient Metabolism I
and Nutrient Metabolism II
FSN 415Nutrition Education and Communications4
FSN 420Critical Evaluation of Nutrition Research4
FSN 461Senior Project I 43
MCRO 221Microbiology (B2 & B4) 14
or MCRO 224 General Microbiology I
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B3 & B4) 14
CHEM 128General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II4
CHEM 312Survey of Organic Chemistry 25
or CHEM 216 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 313Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology 25
or CHEM 371 Biochemical Principles
ECON 201Survey of Economics (D2) 14
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B1) 1, 34
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (B1) 14
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology4
Concentration courses (see concentrations below)49-50
(See GE program requirements below.)48
Free Electives0-1
Total units180

Required in Major; also satisfies GE.


Most Nutrition majors should take CHEM 312 and CHEM 313. Students choosing the Nutrition Science concentration may need to take CHEM 216 and CHEM 371, depending on their career goals and approved electives. Students selecting CHEM 216 must also take CHEM 217 and CHEM 218. See advisor.


MATH 116 and MATH 117 substitute.


Credit in FSN 470 with the topic "Senior Project: Nutrition for Sport and Exercise" (2 units) and credit in FSN 470 with the topic "Senior Project: Writing" (1 unit) may substitute for FSN 461.


General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Major) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Major) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy (4 units in Major) 10
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E) (4 units in Major) 10
D5Upper-division elective4
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective 24
Total units48

 Required in Major; also satisfies GE


Requirement may be fulfilled if a student takes a GE course to fulfill a major requirement. If so, the student will need additional units of free electives to complete the total units required for the degree.