Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Nutritional Science Nutrition, Dietetics Emphasis

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Health Sciences

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A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a trained nutrition professional who has met the strict educational and experiential standards set forth by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Registered dietitians may work in a variety of settings, including (but not limited to) schools, long term care facilities, hospitals, community/public health facilities, corporate nutrition programs, the food and nutrition industry, sports nutrition, business, and research.

The academic area of Nutrition and Dietetics is the educational pathway for students pursuing a career in nutrition as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Completion of MCC's associate of arts academic pathway emphasizing Nutrition and Dietetics fulfills the first 60-62 credit hours of ASU's bachelor's degree in Nutrition Dietetics. Once students transfer to the ASU program, additional academic and internship requirements must be met before becoming a nutrition professional (RDN). Accredited Nutrition and Dietetics programs are highly competitive. 

Students planning to transfer to Nutrition and Dietetics programs other than the ASU program are asked to meet with the nutrition faculty advisor at the start of their program to ensure additional requirements are met.

MCC's Nutrition and Dietetics pathway is for future Registered Dietitian Nutritionists following a transfer pathway to an accredited university program. 

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Nutritional Science (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8115
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2020-2021
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Nutrition (Dietetics) (Bachelor of Science)

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges to earn a degree with this emphasis.

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Communicate effectively orally and in writing, utilizing the vocabulary of nutrition, dietetics, and food systems. (CO)
  2. Connect knowledge from the physical, biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences to the science of food and nutrition in health and disease processes. (CT)
  3. Apply food safety and food science principles in general practice. (CT)
  4. Evaluate socially and culturally appropriate strategies in order to respect nutritional and agricultural diverse cultures and values. (CG, CT)
  5. Describe and demonstrate the governance and ethics principles of a food, nutrition, and dietetics professional. (CE)
  6. Locate and evaluate nutrition literature using various technologies. (CT)
  7. Evaluate food systems and nutrition information based on scientific evidence. (CT)

Career Opportunities

With the connections between food and health becoming more prevalent every day, registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are needed in various settings in both the public and private sectors. 

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
BIO156 or
BIO181
Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I SQ 4
FON125 Introduction to Professions in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics Critical course Gateway course 1
(CHM130 and
CHM130LL)
or
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
(Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory) or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) Critical course SQ 3–4
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–5
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
COM110 or
COM230
Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication SB 3
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
FON100 Introductory Nutrition Critical course Gateway course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II SG 4
BIO205 Microbiology SG 4
HES210 Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness C, G 3
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design Course Recommend PHI206 or PHI213 3
FON142AB Science of Food 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CHM230 Fundamental Organic Chemistry SQ 3
CHM230LL Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory SQ 1
EXS290 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice L 3
FON241 Principles of Human Nutrition SG 3
PSY230 or
MAT206
Introduction to Statistics or Elements of Statistics CS 3
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design Course Recommend PHI206 or PHI213 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
FON125 Introduction to Professions in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics Critical course Gateway course 1
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry Critical course SQ 3
CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory SQ 1
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
FON100 Introductory Nutrition Critical course Gateway course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–4
CHM230 Fundamental Organic Chemistry SQ 3
CHM230LL Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory SQ 1

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO156 Introductory Biology for Allied Health 4
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I Critical course SQ 4
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FON142AB Science of Food 3
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II SG 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY230 or
MAT206
Introduction to Statistics or Elements of Statistics CS 3
BIO205 Microbiology SG 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS290 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice L 3
FON241 Principles of Human Nutrition SG 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM110 or
COM230
Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication SB 3
HES210 Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness C, G 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design Course Recommend PHI206 PHI213 3
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design Course 3

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Nutritional Science (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=151017).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Nutrition, Dietetics Emphasis program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2020-2021 (Current)    5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019