Nutrition and Foods Skills Certificate

Division: Natural Sciences


The Nutrition and Foods Skills Certificate is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge and skills in nutritional science, food science, food preparation, and food safety and sanitation. The required courses prepare students for entry-level positions in nutrition and foods. Examples of entry-level positions include nutrition assistants for community agencies such as The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Head Start, diet aides or diet clerks in hospitals, and dietary service workers in hospitals or school food service. A grade of C or better is required in each course taken. This certificate requires a total of 13-14 units.

Required Courses (11 units):
FOOD 102 F Introduction to Foods (formerly FOOD 101AF)3
FOOD 110 FFood Safety and Sanitation3
NUTR 100 F Careers in Nutrition and Foods2
NUTR 210 FHuman Nutrition3
or NUTR 210HF Honors Human Nutrition
Restricted Electives (2-3 units):2-3
Foods for Fitness2
Nutrition Concepts and Food Preparation for Vegetarians2
Cultural Aspects of Food3
Total Units13-14

Outcome 1: Explain nutrient needs and how diet and lifestyle choices impact health.

Outcome 2: Differentiate between proper and improper food safety and sanitation techniques.

Outcome 3: Determine the correct preparation methods and access the quality of a wide variety of foods.