The Food Science and Nutrition Program in the Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences, Human Performance, and Nutrition offers two degree programs: The Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Food Service Management. Within the Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition are three specializations. The Foods and Nutrition Specialization provides a broad area of expertise and prepares students for a wide variety of careers in the food and nutrition industries. The Foods and Nutrition specialization also is designed to allow students to complete a minor in a field that relates to professional career advancement. The Dietetics Specialization (plus ANTH 130, ECON 101, and PSY 101), is accredited by the American Dietetics Association (ADA)/ Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) as a Didactic Program in Dietetics and prepares students to apply for an ADA accredited supervised practice program (Dietetic Internships). After completing these two steps and passing the Registration Exam, students become Registered Dietitians. The Nutrition Science Specialization prepares students for graduate study in nutrition, research and development positions in the food and nutrition industry, as well as admission into health-related professional programs.
The BAS FSM offers great career opportunities for students of every background. The food service industry is the largest private employer in Washington, hiring more women and minority managers than any other business. Work settings range from hotels, hospitals, and resorts, to restaurant chains, fine dining, and college campuses.
Feel free to contact any of the following faculty if you have questions about your transfer to the CWU Food Science and Nutrition Program.
For community college students planning on transferring into one of our programs in Food Science and Nutrition, it is strongly recommended that you take the following courses that are commonly available (CWU course listed):
- NUTR 245 – Basic Nutrition
- CHEM 111, 111LAB – Introduction to Chemistry and Laboratory
- CHEM 112, 112LAB – Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Laboratory
- (CHEM 111 and 112 may be replaced with CHEM 181, 182, 183 and CHEM 361, 362 plus accompanying labs, respectively)
In addition, the following classes are often available at community colleges prospective transfers should consider taking the equivalent of the following CWU courses:
- BIOL 201 – Human Physiology
- (BIOL 355 and 356 can be substituted for BIOL 201)
- BIOL 220 – Introduction to Cell Biology
- BIOL 322 – Introduction to Microbiology
- (BIOL 323 – can be substituted for BIOL 322)
For students wishing to complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements for admission to a Dietetic Internship and ultimately becoming a Registered Dietitian, should consider also taking the equivalent of the following CWU courses:
- ANTH 130 – Cultural Anthropology
- PSY 101 – General Psychology
- ECON 101 – Economic Issues
It is also highly advisable to complete the AA degree at the community college since this will automatically meet all of CWU's General Education requirements.
To determine which courses at your community college transfer automatically for these CWU courses, see the CWU-Community College Transfer Equivalency sheets at: www.cwu.edu/registrar/transfer-equivalencies-policies/
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