(Preparing for) Nutrition & Food Science
Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.A. Degree
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The 90 credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science. Some Nutrition and Food Science programs require additional science and math courses beyond what is required by the AA-DTA degree; depending on your area of interest and where you plan to transfer, you may want to consider an Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) Track 1 degree.
Nutrition and Food Science — What is it?
Nutritionists and Food Scientists understand the impact of quality food and proper nutrition on good health. Nutritionists provide direct patient care and large scale dietetic management through nutritional counseling, dietetic evaluations, menu planning, and patient monitoring, while Food Scientists often work directly with food processing and production to ensure proper nutrition, quality control, public health and safety.
Areas of study in Nutrition/Food Science:
Nutrition, Diet Therapy, Nutrition Education, Food Systems Management, Food Safety, Food Chemistry and Engineering, Food Microbiology, Sensory Food Evaluation, Food Processing and Product Development. Certification as a Registered Dietitian or Certified Nutritionist requires supervised clinical training and passing a national registration exam.
Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree Nutrition/Food Science?
Graduates in Nutrition and Food Science work in nutrition consulting, community health agencies, school nutrition programs, fitness and wellness programs, and specialty clinics. Food science opportunities include food safety and inspection, food service and management, food science and engineering, teaching, technical sales and marketing, quality assurance and control, food processing and production, research and development. Registered Dietitians and Certified Nutritionists work with patients, clients, doctors and nurses to develop specialized nutrition plans and support individuals’ diet changes.
Potential employers include:
Schools, Hospitals, Medical Centers, Nursing Homes, Health Care Facilities, Food Manufacturers, Public Health Institutes, Colleges and Universities, Restaurants, Hotels, Food and Drug Administration and other Government Agencies. For more, please visit Career Counseling.
Transfer Possibilities —
Where can I transfer?
An Associate Degree from Shoreline makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please visit our transfer agreements page for a list of those options. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA . For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.