Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics: Concentration in Foods and Community Nutrition

The Nutrition and Dietetics program prepares students for careers in clinical dietetics, foodservice systems management, and nutrition education in hospitals, communities, industry, or government agencies. Two concentrations are offered:

  1. Dietetics & Nutrition Science
  2. Foods & Community Nutrition

The Foods and Community Nutrition concentration within the B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics supports a wider student body interested in studying within a nutrition-related major but not desiring to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will articulate an understanding of food safety, management, and business theories as they apply to foodservice systems.
  2. Students analyze the impact of public policy, multidisciplinary teams, and healthcare systems on nutrition practice.
  3. Students will use scientific research, current information technologies, and critical thinking skills to support evidence-based practice in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
  4. Students will engage in professional communication skills such as counseling techniques, oral presentations, and written documentation to effectively meet the needs of diverse populations.
  5. Students use the Nutrition Care Process to enhance the nutritional status and quality of life of diverse individuals, groups, and populations throughout the lifecycle.
  6. Students will demonstrate competency in required biological and physical science courses to create a foundation for upper-division curricula and future professional practice.
  7. Students will identify and evaluate issues of social responsibility, scope of practice, professional behavior and expectations, and Code of Ethics.

Mandatory Advising

The program offers all Nutrition & Dietetics majors the ability to work with an advisor to prepare a Graduation Plan, an outline of the course sequence. See the department office (Burk Hall 329) for information to include in the advising folder. Students should consult the course description in the current Bulletin for prerequisites and corequisites. Students who wish credits earned at another institution to be accepted in lieu of courses offered for the major at SF State must obtain acceptance from their advisor and the department chair.

Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.): Concentration in Foods and Community Nutrition (46 units)

Core Requirements (37 units)

CHEM 115General Chemistry I4
HTM 560Hospitality Human Resource Management3
MATH 124Elementary Statistics3
NUTR 253Nutrition, Health, and Disease3
NUTR 353GWFoodservice Systems Management - GWAR3
NUTR 357Principles of Food Preparation3
NUTR 453Nutrition in the Life Cycle3
NUTR 457Management of Quantity Food Purchasing and Production3
NUTR 551Nutrition Education and Communication3
NUTR 557Experimental Food Study3
NUTR 651Community Nutrition and Assessment3
PSY 200General Psychology3

Professional Requirement (3 units)

FCS 600Professional Development3

Recommended Electives (6 units)

Select two:

A U 220SF State and Braven Career Accelerator3
AFRS 370Health, Medicine, and Nutrition in the Black Community3
BIOL 210
BIOL 211
General Microbiology and Public Health
and General Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory
BIOL 212
BIOL 213
Principles of Human Physiology
and Principles of Human Physiology Laboratory
BIOL 220Principles of Human Anatomy4
BIOL 326Disease!3
BUS 216Foundations in Business Communications3
CAD 223Infants, Toddlers, and Families3
ECON 101Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis3
ECON 102Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis3
ENVS 130Environmental Studies3
FCS 220Young Children and Families3
FCS 426Family Stress, Coping, and Resilience3
FCS 543Sustainability in the Textile, Housing, and Food Industries3
GEOG 427Agriculture and Food Supply4
HH 380Holistic Health: Western Perspectives3
HH 381Holistic Health: Eastern Perspectives3
HH 382Holistic Health: Human Nature and Global Perspectives3
HTM 110Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management3
KIN 331Peak Performance3
KIN 355Science, Sport, and Fitness3
LABR 250Introduction to the Study of Labor3
LABR 251Know Your Work Rights3
LTNS 210Latina/o/x Health Care Perspectives3
MGMT 405Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior3
NUTR 356Foods and World Culture3
PH 200Global Health3
PH 210Personal and Social Determinants of Health3
PH 221Health and Social Justice - Burning Issues, Taking Action3
PH 241Health and Social Movements in the United States in the 20th Century3
PH 290Promoting Positive Health3
PH 455Community Organizing and Community Building for Health3
RRS 303Health and Wellness among Pacific Islanders3
RRS 304Decolonize Your Diet: Food Justice and Gendered Labor in Communities of Color3

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Humanities LD 3 C2
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD 3 E
Ethnic Studies LD 3 F
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), a major or minor, or an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities LD or UD 3 AERM
Environmental Sustainability LD or UD 3 ES
Global Perspectives LD or UD 3 GP
Social Justice LD or UD 3 SJ

Note: LD = Lower-Division; UD = Upper-Division.

First-Time Student Roadmap (4 Year)

The roadmaps presented in this Bulletin are intended as suggested plans of study and do not replace meeting with an advisor. For a more personalized roadmap, please use the Degree Planner tool found in your Student Center.

First-Time Student Roadmap

Transfer Student Roadmap (2 Year)

For students with an AS-T in Nutrition and Dietetics.
NUTR ADT Roadmap

General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower-division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California Government

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), please visit Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine:

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower-division major requirements for this major;
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government requirements.

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 semester units/90 quarter units required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper-division transfer (for example, if a course was not passed on the first attempt or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California Community College of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower-division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding the award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower-division General Education in Areas C and D until after transfer to focus on preparation courses for the major. This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.

Transferring From Institutions Other Than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower-division General Education requirements. Note that, as described below, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3, and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower-division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. To review more information about the A3 requirement, please visit

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.