BS in Nutrition and Food (Dietetics)

Units required for Major: 82
Total units required for BS: 120

Program Description

The major prepares students for careers in the field of nutrition, food management, community nutrition, and food sustainability. The program emphasizes the role of nutrition and food in individual and family health, cultural and behavioral influences on food selection, and the management of commercial and noncommercial food systems.

Note: By completing the required core courses in the Dietetics Concentration, GE Area B (12 units) requirements are met.

Pre-Major Requirements

To declare the Dietetics Concentration, freshman or transfer students admitted to the BS in Nutrition and Food are required to complete the following grade and core course requirements, and then submit a Major Change form to the Family and Consumer Sciences Department Office along with all transcript copies:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.75
  2. Completion of the following required core courses (28 units) with a "C" or better. Only first or second attempts will be considered.
BIO 10Basic Biological Concepts3
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I5
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry II5
NUFD 9Food Safety and Sanitation3
NUFD 10Nutrition And Wellness3
NUFD 11Principles of Food Preparation3
NUFD 113Nutrition And Metabolism3
STAT 1Introduction to Statistics3

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Core Courses (23 Units)
BIO 10Basic Biological Concepts 13
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry I5
NUFD 9Food Safety and Sanitation3
NUFD 10Nutrition And Wellness 13
NUFD 11Principles of Food Preparation3
PSYC 2Introductory Psychology 13
STAT 1Introduction to Statistics 13
Required Upper Division Core Courses (59 Units)
NUFD 100Research: Methods and Application in Nutrition and Food3
NUFD 107Nutrition Education, Communication, and Counseling3
NUFD 110Food Production and Sustainability4
NUFD 113Nutrition And Metabolism 13
NUFD 114Cultural and Social Aspects of Food3
NUFD 115Nutrition: Pre-conception Through Childhood3
NUFD 119Nutrition: Adolescence Through Older Adulthood3
NUFD 168Senior Seminar3
Total Units82

Concentration in Dietetics (34 units)

Required Lower Division Courses (12 Units)
BIO 39Microbiology for Allied Health Students4
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry II5
CHEM 20Organic Chemistry Lecture--Brief Course3
Required Upper Division Courses (22 Units)
BIO 131Systemic Physiology4
CHEM 161General Biochemistry3
NUFD 116Food Service Management3
NUFD 117Community Nutrition3
NUFD 118AMedical Nutrition Therapy I3
NUFD 118BMedical Nutrition Therapy II3
NUFD 121Nutrition Assessment, Methods and Support3
Total Units34

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms
B1 - Physical Science 20
B2 - Life Forms 20
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5) 20
B4 - Math Concepts 20
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 20
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (3 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course 20
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.0
Area E: Understanding Personal Development
Area E Course 20
Area F: Ethnic Studies
Area F Course
Total Units24

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI)3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 26