Nutrition and Dietetics, AS

This is a draft edition of the 2024-2025 catalog. Information is subject to change.

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Program Description

The Associate of Science, Dietetic is a two-year transferable degree with the option for stackable certificate or credential, offering the ability for employment in the field. The curriculum includes an emphasis in the nutritional, biological and physical sciences. All recommended courses partially satisfy the bachelor of science in AS, Nutrition and Dietetics specialization at the University of Nevada, Reno. If the student wishes to seek a credential as a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR), the following courses should be added.

CUL 100Sanitation/HACCP2
NUTR 100Introduction to Dietetic Technician Program0.5
NUTR 233Community and Lifecycle Nutrition3
NUTR 243Medical Nutrition Therapy for Dietetic Techs I3
NUTR 244Medical Nutrition Therapy for Dietetic Techs II3
NUTR 291Nutrition Internship-Food Service3
NUTR 292Nutrition Internship-Community3
NUTR 293Nutrition Internship-Clinical3

Accreditation information can be found on the Dietetic Technician Program website .

Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Fine Arts 4 3
MATH 126 Pre-Calculus I (or higher) 3
NUTR 220 Food Service Systems Management 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
NUTR 221 Quantity Food Purchasing 3
 Semester Total14
3rd semester
BIOL 223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
Humanities 4 3
NUTR 223 Principles of Nutrition 3
 Semester Total14
4th semester
BIOL 224 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOL 251 General Microbiology 4
COM 113 Fundamentals of Speech Communications 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 4 3
NUTR 253 Cultural Considerations in Nutrition and Health Care 3
 Semester Total17
 Total Units60

Program Requirements

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
CHEM 121
CHEM 122
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Social Science[3]
PSY 101General Psychology3
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Cultural Considerations in Nutrition and Health Care
Science 3[6]
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements
BIOL 223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL 251General Microbiology4
COM 113Fundamentals of Speech Communications3
NUTR 220Food Service Systems Management3
NUTR 221Quantity Food Purchasing3
NUTR 223Principles of Nutrition3
NUTR 253Cultural Considerations in Nutrition and Health Care3
Elective Requirements0-3
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 the additional 3 required units will become elective units.


May also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.


2 units from GE count toward fulfilling the Science requirement. 

Program Outcomes

PSLO1: Demonstrate a basic knowledge of nutrition, science, and math that comprise the integral foundation applicable to a four-year degree.

PSLO2: Synthesize and apply nutrition principles in a variety of settings.

PSLO3: Demonstrate academic and practical knowledge of standards appropriate to dietetic practice.

Transfer Agreements

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. General information about general transfer agreements can be found on the Academic Advisement website. Students who intend to transfer to another college or university should speak with a TMCC Academic Advisor and consult with that institution. The transfer institution determines how TMCC courses will transfer. TMCC has agreements with the following institutions towards a bachelor's degree in the same or similar discipline.