Associate in Arts, Nutrition

Nutrition - AA

The Associate in Arts (AA), Nutrition provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in Nutrition. Students desiring a career in nutrition as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) should pursue the Dietetics subplan. Following the completion of an accredited Bachelor of Science program at a university and an accredited internship, students may pursue a career in nutrition related healthcare, wellness and prevention, sports nutrition, food and nutrition management, etc. Application for the accredited internship is a highly competitive process.

The Human Nutrition subplan provides foundational nutrition principles that can be applied to other careers in healthcare. Students may choose to major in Human Nutrition, earn a bachelor degree, and then seek graduate educational programs in Physician Assistant, Medical Doctor or Physical Therapist.


Major Code: 
Associate in Arts, Nutrition
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

At Scottsdale...

Academic Program: 

The Exercise Science, Personal Training, & Nutrition program at Scottsdale Community College is designed to prepare students for jobs in the fields of exercise science, fitness, and nutrition.

Students can complete our Associate of Arts in Pre-Nutrition to be prepared for University transfer to Human Nutrition & Dietetics programs.

SCC’s Exercise Science, Personal Training, & Nutrition program provides students learning experiences that create a solid foundation of nutrition knowledge applied to a variety of individuals. Our instructors all have a minimum of a Masters degrees in Nutrition as well as other Nutrition credentials.

Our Exercise Science, Personal Training, & Nutrition program provides an excellent 2-year education at a very affordable price, which makes SCC a great place to start your 4-year degree path.  

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, day, evening, full-time and part-time.  

How long will it take?

It takes a minimum of 1.5 years (~18 months) as a full-time student to complete the AA degree in Pre-Nutrition.  The AA degree can also be pursued as a part-time student.


The estimated cost of tuition for the AA in Pre-Nutrition $5,100 to $5,440 for Maricopa County residents.  Course fees may also add to the total tuition cost.

Financial aid is available for students who qualify.  Please contact the SCC financial aid office to determine the process to apply. For more information, visit the Financial Aid website.

General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits.
Program Learning Outcomes
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing, utilizing the vocabulary of nutritional sciences. (BIO156, BIO181, CRE101, FON100, FON125, MAT206, PSY230, [FYC], (COM))
  • Connect knowledge from the physical, biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences to the science of food and nutrition in health and disease processes. (BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM230LL, EXS290, FON100, FON142AB, FON241)
  • Apply food safety and food science principles in general practice. (FON100, FON142AB, FON241)
  • Evaluate socially and culturally appropriate strategies in order to respect nutritional and agricultural diverse cultures and values. (FON100, PSY101, [HU], [SB], (COM))
  • Describe and demonstrate the governance and ethics principles of food, nutrition, dietetics and health professionals. (BIO156, BIO181, BIO205, FON125, PHI213, PHI216, [FYC], [HU], [SB])
  • Locate and evaluate nutrition literature using various technologies. (CRE101, EXS290, FON100, FON142AB, FON241, MAT206, PSY230, [FYC])
  • Evaluate food systems and nutrition information based on scientific evidence. (BIO201, BIO202, CRE101, CHM130, CHM130LL, CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM230LL, EXS290, FON100, MAT206, PSY101, PSY230, [FYC], [MA])
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
FON100Introductory Nutrition3
FON142ABScience of Food3
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition3
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
EXS290Introduction to Evidence Based Practice3
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1)4
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Subplan 1: Dietetics:
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I (4) OR
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4)
CHM230Fundamental Organic Chemistry (3) AND
CHM230LLFundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)4
FON125Introduction to Professions in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics1
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Subplan 2: Human Nutrition:
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I4
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1)4
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 18-29
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0
Met by EXS290 in Required Courses area.
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-8
Subplan 1: Dietetics:
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Any approved general education course with the Mathematical Applications [MA] designation.3-5
Subplan 2: Human Nutrition:
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) AND
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3) OR
MAT187Precalculus (5) OR
Any approved general education course with the Mathematical Applications [MA] designation for which MAT150, MAT151, MAT152, or MAT187 is the prerequisite.5-8
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0
Met by MAT206 or PSY230 in Required Courses area.
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
(Recommended: PHI216 Environmental Ethics 3 OR PHI213 Medical and Bio-Ethics 3)
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 3-6
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area unless met by PSY101 in Restricted Electives.3-6
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0
Met by (CHM130AA, CHM130 AND CHM130LL) OR (CHM151AA, CHM151 AND CHM151LL) in Required Courses area AND
Met by BIO201 or BIO201XT in Required Courses area.
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.