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Fall 2019 - Summer 2020 Course Catalog 
Fall 2019 - Summer 2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Foods and Nutrition A.S.

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Foods and Nutrition is a Transfer Degree
School: Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning
Academic Dept: Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Nutrition and Dietetics
HEGIS: 5404


Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2019 to Summer 2020. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees Defined

The purpose of the A.A. and A.S. is to build a foundation in a discipline, then continue to higher levels of education by transferring to a four-year institution. The A.A. contains liberal arts credits; including coursework in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and provides flexibility to pursue several careers.  Conversely, coursework for the A.S. contains some liberal arts credits and coursework also directly applicable to a clearly defined career path. Click to learn more  about the differences among award types.

Program Description

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 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND)  of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND).

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.

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.

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).

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  1.  Demonstrate the ability to communicate nutrition information accurately and effectively.
  2.  Demonstrate the ability to provide comprehensive nutrition care based on accurate and complete assessment, careful planning and recognition of resource limitations.
  3.  Demonstrate the ability to use efficiently and effectively the techniques and tools for managing food service systems.

Related Resources

For more information regarding the dietetics profession go to: www.eatright.org.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements - 38 Credits

Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .

Basic Communication (3 credits)

Humanities (3 credits)

Social Sciences (3 credits)

Select ONE of the following courses:

The Arts, Foreign Language, or Other World Civilizations (3 credits)

  • Select a course from ONE of the following categories:

                    The Arts – see SUNY General Education Courses  
                    Foreign Language – see SUNY General Education Courses  
                    Other World Civilizations – see SUNY General Education Courses  

American History or Western Civilization (3 credits)

  • Select a course from ONE of the following categories:

                    American History – see SUNY General Education Courses  
                    Western Civilization – see SUNY General Education Courses  

Minimum Total Credits - 63

Career Path Opportunities

Career Coach: Explore Your Career PathAre you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.

Transfer Opportunities (SUNY)

Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts. 

State University of New York (SUNY) Transfer Paths

SUNY Transfer Path LogoThis program of study is an approved SUNY Transfer Path, which guarantees SUNY two-year associate of arts and associate of science graduates a seamless transfer path from the associate’s degree level of study to the bachelor’s degree level within the SUNY system. This applies to degrees received in the same discipline at both institutions in a designated SUNY Transfer Path. Students will have junior status upon transfer, which allows for the completion of a bachelor’s degree within two additional years of full-time study. Visit SUNY Transfer Paths for more information about how to advance your academic career within the State University of New York.

Transfer Scholarship Opportunities

Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors!  Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.

Getting Started

Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Please see important program notes below:

Program Note(s):

Continued enrollment in the Foods and Nutrition (Transfer) program requires the following:

  • A grade of C+ or better must be received in the following Nutrition Courses: NUTR 105 , NUTR 115 , NUTR 123 , and NUTR 145  
  • A grade of C or better must be received in the following Nutrition Courses: NUTR 118 , NUTR 120 , and NUTR 211  
  • Students must receive a grade of C or better in all required Science Courses: BIOL 115 , BIOL 121 , BIOL 123 , CHEM 107 , and CHEM 117  
  • Students must receive a grade of C or better in all required Math Courses: MATH 130  and MATH 140  
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 during each semester.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.3 is required for graduation.
  • Students will be allowed to repeat any nutrition course only once.
  • Students who do not meet the above criteria will receive notice of dismissal from the program.
  • Students may appeal the decision in writing through the Curriculum Chair. The appeal process mirrors Steps 2-4 of the Grade Appeal Process found in the Student Handbook.

Required Screening
Students admitted into this program must complete, at their own expense, a successful criminal background check and drug screening prior to beginning clinical courses. Please consult the curriculum chair of your program for additional details regarding the timetable and procedure for completing these requirements.


Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.

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