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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 Nutrition Major1
FSN 121Fundamentals of Food4
FSN 202Introduction to Human Nutrition4
FSN 250Food and Nutrition: Culture and Customs (USCP) (E) 14
FSN 281Writing in Nutrition Science2
FSN 310Maternal and Child Nutrition4
FSN 315Nutrition in Aging4
FSN 319The Science of Food for the Consumer (Upper-Division B) 14
FSN 331
FSN 332
FSN 333
Macronutrient Metabolism
and Micronutrient Metabolism
and Nutrient Metabolism Lab
FSN 381Critical Evaluation of Nutrition Research4
FSN 415Nutrition Education and Communications4
FSN 416Community Nutrition4
FSN 431Medical Nutrition Therapy I2
FSN 432Medical Nutrition Therapy II4
FSN 433Medical Nutrition Therapy III4
FSN 461Senior Project I 23
or FSN 478
FSN 481
Senior Project Experiential Learning in Nutrition
and Advanced Nutrition Senior Project Scientific Writing
or FSN 479
FSN 481
Senior Project Advanced Topics
and Advanced Nutrition Senior Project Scientific Writing
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2 & B3) 14
BIO 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
BIO 232Human Anatomy and Physiology II5
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B1 & B3) 14
CHEM 128General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II4
CHEM 312Organic Chemistry: Fundamentals and Applications 35
or CHEM 216 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 314Biochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications 35
or CHEM 369 Biochemical Principles
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B4) 1, 44
MCRO 221Microbiology4-5
or MCRO 224 General Microbiology I
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (GE Electives) 14
Concentration courses (see concentrations below)26-27
(See GE program requirements below.)48
Free Electives0-1
Total units180-181


General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 48 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Major) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Major) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Major) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E (4 units in Major) 10
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Major plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units48