Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness

Undergraduate Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness

This certificate program focuses on the needs for changing health behaviors, reducing diet and exercise disparities, and minimizing disease development by introducing students to nutrition and the set of influencers that affect health for individuals and society.

Program Overview

The Undergraduate Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness will help to prepare you for the registered dietitian (RD) bachelor's degree program offered at an accredited university. You must also pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) in addition to standard requirements.

As a student, you will:

  • Understand nutrition and the influencers that affect health for individuals and society.
  • Find a job as a fitness and sports therapist, exercise specialist, industry writer or a nutrition counselor in senior wellness.

Students enrolled in a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid. 

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent
  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

Active Military?

Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Required Courses (9 credits):

FSNU 200 Human Nutrition 3
FSNU 315 Nutritional Basis of Disease 3
FSNU 335 Science of Obesity 3


Electives (6 credits) choose two of the following:

FSNU 201 International Nutrition: The World Food Crisis 3
FSNU 329 Experimental Topics in Food Science and Nutrition 3
FSNU 338 Nutrition and Human Performance 3


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Some programs available to California residents only
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