Division: Natural and Health Science
Academic Dept: Food Service Administration
Curriculum Chair: Prof. Theresa Cousins
The growing public interest in nutrition has greatly expanded job opportunities in the field of foods, nutrition, and dietetics. Today, professional nutritionists and registered dietitians are employed in wellness and physical fitness centers, health care facilities, public health agencies, childcare centers, schools, food industries, and as consultants in a variety of settings.
The Associate in Science in Foods and Nutrition degree program prepares students to transfer from Westchester Community College into a baccalaureate program with an area of specialization in nutrition and/or dietetics. The curriculum follows the academic requirements for DPD’s of the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association.
The program combines the basics of nutrition care with the science and liberal arts courses necessary for transfer to a four-year college or university. By choosing their courses carefully, most of our graduates are able to transfer and complete their studies in two additional years. Westchester Community College has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities.
Students interested in working as dietetic technicians immediately upon graduation from Westchester Community College should take the A.A.S. in Dietetic Technology (Nutrition Care).
To maximize success in transferring to a four-year institution, a minimum grade of “C” is needed in all courses. To transfer to a SUNY school, an additional course in American History, Western Civilization or another World Civilization course is required.