Nutrition and Dietetics AS-T

AS-T in Nutrition and Dietetics

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Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer introduces students to the principles and methodologies used in the study of nutrition and dietetics. Students will acquire the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nutrition and dietetics.

To earn an Associate of Science in Nutrition for Transfer degree, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU system that consist of the IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of 18 units more.

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better.

Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will explain physiological processes such as digestion, absorption, transport and metabolism of nutrients.
  • Students will critically analyze information on nutrition and separate scientifically supported information from misinformation.
  • Students will analyze and explain the relationship between diet, lifestyle and health outcomes, within the framework of cultural and societal influences.

What is an AS-T?

The Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for student who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.  Students completing these transfer degrees:

  • will earn an Associate's Degree from Mission College;
  • are guaranteed admission to a similar major at a campus in the CSU system;
  • will be prepared to start upper division coursework at the CSU;
  • and will not have to complete more than 60 units after transfer.

A complete and up-to-date listing of the similar CSU majors can be found at

Meet the Following Requirements
  1. Completion of the following major courses with grades of C or P or better.
  2. Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
  3. Certified completion of either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE-B) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Please Note
  • Completing courses that satisfy CSU’s U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer is highly recommended.
  • Requirements here apply to the current catalog year and are subject to change.  Visit DegreeWorks in My Mission Portal to view requirements based your catalog year.

Required Core Courses

CHM 001AH and PSY 001H can be taken in lieu of CHM 001A and PSY 001

Code Class Units
CHM 001A General Chemistry (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
PSY 001 General Psychology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
NTR 015 Human Nutrition (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 004 Microbiology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0

List A - Two Courses (8.0-10.0 units)

CHM 012AH, MAT 010H and BIO 048H can be taken in lieu of CHM 012A, MAT 010 and BIO 048. Only one statistics course can be used.

Code Class Units
CHM 012A Organic Chemistry I (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
MAT 010 Elementary Statistics (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
SOC 016 Introduction to Statistics in Social And Behavioral Sciences (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 047 Human Anatomy (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 4.0
BIO 048 Human Physiology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0

List B - Select One Course (3.0-5.0 units)

CHM 001BH can be taken in lieu of CHM 001B

Code Class Units
CHM 001B General Chemistry (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
BIO 011 Human Biology (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4.0
CHM 030A Fundamentals of Chemistry (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4.0


Code Class Units
CHM 002 Introductory Chemistry (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
CHM 002L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory (1.0 Lab) 1.0
Required Units for the Major
Required units for the major 27.0-31.0
GE and electives as needed to reach 60 units.  
Total required units for AS-T 60.0
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Nutrition Careers
Careers in Nutrition
Skills Needed
  • Teamworking skills.
  • Keen interest in the impact of diet on health.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Communication skills, including the ability to explain complex things simply.
  • An understanding of science.
  • Able to motivate others.
How to Become a Nutritionist
If you don't know what to major in, or you already have a major but don't know how it translates into a career, start here. At Mission we can help you research your major and career options so you can make informed decisions. Read more about Career paths.
Nutrition Specialties
  • Registered Dietitian (RD)*
  • Dietetic Technician (Registered)
  • Dietetic Service Supervisor
  • Food Service Manager
  • Nutrition Researcher
  • Nutrition Counselor (RD advised)*
  • Hospital Dietetics (RD required)*
  • Sports Nutrition (RD advised)*
  • Nursing Homes
  • Private Practice Consultant (RD advised)*
  • Food Service Inspector (RD advised)*
  • Nutrition Educator (RD advised)*
  • WIC Counselor
  • Food Manufacturing (test kitchens)

* RD stands for Registered Dietitian degree. Most of these careers require education beyond the Associate Degree level. Let the Transfer Center help you with your educational and career goals.