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Health Sciences

College of Education and Professional Studies

Community College Transfers

Health Science BuildingThe Food Science and Nutrition Program in the Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences offers: The Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition. Within the Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition are two 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 PSY 101), is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and prepares students to apply for an AND accredited supervised practice program (Dietetic Internships) to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RN/RDN). 

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 101 – Intro to Human 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 (for Foods & Nutrition specialization)
  • BIOL 355 and 356 - Human Anatomy & Physiology (for Dietetic specialization)
  • BIOL 220 – Introduction to Cell Biology (for Dietetic specialization)
  • BIOL 322 – Introduction to Microbiology(for Dietetic specialization)
  • An Intro to Statistics Course

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:

  • PSY 101 – General Psychology

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:

Feel free to contact any of the following faculty if you have questions about your transfer to the CWU Food Science and Nutrition Program.

List of Faculty and Contact Information


Pat Coffey​ 

Academic Advising



David Gee, PhD

Professor and Program Director



Susan Hawk, PhD, RD

Associate Professor & DPD Program Director



Ethan Bergman, PhD, RD

Professor and Associate Dean of CEPS



Nicole Stendell-Hollis, PhD, RD




Kelly Pritchett, PhD, RD, CSSD

Assoc. Professor



Dana Ogan, MS, RDN

Assoc. Professor and Dietetic Internship Director



Tafere Belay, PhD

Assistant Professor


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