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Curriculum, Foods & Nutrition

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All candidates for a degree in applied arts and sciences must complete the requirements listed in the “Graduation Requirements” section of the SDSU General Catalog.

Preparation for the Major

Nutrition 201, 203, 205; Biology 100, 100L, 211, 211L, 212; Chemistry 100, 130, 160; Economics 201 (or Statistics 250); Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 200; Psychology 101; Sociology 101. (43 units)

These prerequisite courses may not be taken Cr/NC. A grade of C or higher must be earned in Chemistry 100 and 130.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Passing the Writing Placement Assessment with a score of 10 or completing one of the approved
upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

International Experience

All foods & nutrition majors are required to participate in an international experience to increase awareness of cross-cultural issues, global health, economic, political, cultural, social services, and health challenges experienced by local populations in international environments. Students participate in residence for two or more weeks (exceptions must be approved by the dean of the college for students who, because of serious and compelling life events or physical limitations, cannot meet this requirement). Specific details can be found on the CHHS Undergraduate International Experience web site.


A minimum of 40 upper division units to include Nutrition 301, 302, 302L, 303, 304, 404, 405, 406, 408; Biology 336; Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 304, 434; and seven units selected with the approval of the adviser from Nutrition 309, 312, 407, 409, 499, 510; Biology 315, 326; Communication 307*, 371; Counseling and School Psychology 310*, 320, 400; Management 350*, 352*; Nursing 350; Psychology 319*; Public Health 301*, 302*, 303*, 305*, 362. Biology 336 will also satisfy three units of the General Education requirement in Explorations of Human Experience IV.A. Natural Sciences.