Nutrition and Foods Program

The Nutrition and Foods Associate of Science degree at Sacramento City College provides opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge and skills related to nutrition principles, food science and food preparation.

The program provides the necessary education and training for students with plans to transfer to four-year institutions.

Students who choose to pursue a career in nutrition have several career opportunities in the fields of medicine, kinesiology, food science, research and academics. It is highly recommended for students seeking to transfer to 4-year universities to obtain licensing as a Registered Dietitian (RD) in addition to earning their BS degree in nutrition.

The Nutrition and Foods program works closely with business and professional organizations to meet current employer expectations to enhance employment of graduating students. Emphasis is placed on career education pathways.

Program of Study for the Nutrition and Foods Degree

Future Outlook

Future trends and occupational projections indicate that individuals with education and training in Nutrition and Foods will have a wide range of career opportunities. Current and future trends reflect basic drivers such as population demographics, consumer tastes and expectations, competition, globalization of trade, economic trends and technological advances. Innovation, flexibility and the ability to respond quickly to changing consumer tastes, nutritional awareness and environmental sustainability appear to be the keys to survival in the increasingly competitive marketplace.

In the US and in most industrialized countries there is an increasing demand for expertise in the dietary treatment and management of type II diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, nutritional genomics and elderly nutrition. Thus, there are career opportunities across the field of science, medicine and education:

- Medical research and applied medicine
- Culinary specialization and food service management
- Agricultural and food science research
- Food safety and food security
- Local, state and federal nutrition program managers
- Sports medicine and weight management
- Private practice

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Program Information
Sacramento City College’s Family and Consumer Science Department offers a rigorous nutrition degree program that is broad enough to prepare the student for further study in… MORE >>