What is Nutrition & Dietetics?
Are you interested in how foods and eating patterns affect a person's growth, health, performance, and well-being? Do you want to help people access and prepare nourishing foods across the life-cycle? Are you curious how medical nutrition therapy can help prevent or manage a variety of diseases? With a major in Nutrition & Dietetics, you learn the science of food and nutrition and how to translate that into practical advice to help others eat well. You will be on an academic pathway to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN), Food Scientist, or Food Service Manager and work in a variety of clinical, community, school, government, athletic, food industry or agricultural settings.
Watch this video with Professor Sheri Barke, MPH, RD to learn more about career academic pathways in nutrition!
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should consult the Counseling Department and Faculty Nutrition Advisor Sheri Barke (email@example.com) for assistance in program planning.
PROGRAMS / COURSES
Associate of Science Degree for Transfer in Nutrition & Dietetics
This degree is designed for prospective CSU/UC transfer students who are preparing for careers as Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists (RDNs), Nutrition Dietetic Technicians Registered (NDTRs), or Food Scientists. All courses transfer to 4-year institutions and count towards a bachelor's degree in nutrition/dietetics, food science, or similar related major.
AS-T Nutrition & Dietetics Program Mapper
Certificate of Achievement in Nutrition and Food Skills
This 9 unit certificate is designed to be a "stepping-stone" to an Associate degree in either Nutrition & Dietetics or Culinary Arts. The required courses help clarify which career educational pathway is right for you and prepare students for entry-level positions in nutrition and foods so you can "earn while you learn." Examples of entry level positions include Diet Aide/Clerk, Nutrition Assistant, or Food Service Worker.
Certificate Nutrition & Food Skills Program Mapper
NUTRTN 001 Careers in Nutrition and Foods (1 unit)
NUTRTN 021 Nutrition (3 unit, CSU/UC, C-ID NUTR 110 Introduction to Nutrition Science)
NUTRTN 024 Introduction to Food Science (3 units, CSU/UC, C-ID NUTR 120 Principles of Food with Lab)
LAMC's Nutrition Courses and Programs are part of CSUN's "Pathways" to Success Program for Hispanic Students to become Registered Dietitians.
Registered Dietitians work in heath care, education, community agencies, sports/athletics, and the food industry in a variety of positions.
Clinical Dietitian - Provides inpatient or outpatient medical nutrition therapy in hospitals, nursing homes, health centers, mental health and substance abuse treatment programs or private practices.
Institutional Food Service Supervisor or Dietary Manager - Supervises institutional kitchens for schools, daycare centers, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities or military operations.
Public Health Nutritionist: Promotes community health through education and food assistance at WIC (Women Infant & Children) agencies, CalFresh Healthy Living programs, or government public health offices.
Sport Dietitian or Performance Dietitian: Ensures optimal fueling for athletes and other very active individuals in college or professional sports, the performing arts, or the military/armed forces.
Food Industry Dietitian/Nutritionist: Provides nutrition expertise in food product/recipe development, food labeling/recipe nutrient analysis, or marketing/nutrition communications.
Specialist Dietitian: Specializes in pediatrics, maternal health, gerontology, diabetes, renal, oncology, gastroenterology, cardiology, eating disorders, substance use, or many other specialities!
Food Scientists work in the food industry, agriculture, and government agencies in a variety of positions.
Research & Development - Invents new food products (from recipe creation to packaging technology).
Quality Assurance & Control - Ensures compliance with HACCP for food safety and standardization.
Food Safety - Develops and verifies policies to align with health and safety requirements of local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.
Food Chemistry & Analysis - Analyzes food for nutrient composition (for food labeling), contaminants (for food safety), and sensory characteristics (for consumer preference).
Biotechnology - Engineers new foods using biological systems or organisms.
Sustainable Agriculture - Develops ways to produce adequate, safe, healthy food for a growing global population while minimizing the impact on the environmental.
Office Hours and Location
Mondays to Fridays: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Saturdays to Sundays: Closed
Health & Human Performance Department
12890 Harding St. Sylmar, CA. 91342 East Campus: Health, Fitness, & Athletics Complex Suite 202
Phone: (818) 364-7727
Phone: (818) 833-3303