FCS

Course Requirements

The academic program at CSUN is built upon a strong science and liberal arts component, which encourages critical and creative thinking and expression. The organization of courses emphasizes study in chemistry and biology, nutrition, food science and technology, medical nutrition therapy, human organizational behavior, management, sociology, psychology and other specialized courses. The student desiring to enter the program should have a strong background in the physical and biological sciences as the scientific disciplines are emphasized.

The program is included as part of the B.S. Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences (Pattern A: Nutrition & Dietetics); however, students who have already completed a BS or BA degree and wish to complete only the DPD  may make modifications to the program as indicated in the section entitled “FCS Core Courses.”  It is also very likely that some of post baccalaureate students will have completed undergraduate courses that can be applied to the DPD. It is important to recognize that course substitutions to the DPD are subject to verification and approval by the DPD Director and are evaluated on an individual basis using official transcripts, college catalog course descriptions and other documents. The CSUN-DPD program is approved by The American Dietetic Association and is in compliance with the ADA Standards of Education. Required courses are listed below:

Science (27 units)

    • Course number
      Course name
      Lecture/lab units

      *Chem 103,103L

      Introductory Chemistry I, Lab

      3/1

      *Chem 104, 104L

      Introductory Chemistry II, Lab

      3/1

       Chem 235, 235L

      Introductory Organic Chemistry, Lab

      3/1

       Chem 365, 365L

      Introduction to Biochemistry, Lab

      3/1

      *Bio 101, 101L

      General Biology, Lab

      3/1

       Bio 215, 215L

      Introductory Microbiology, Lab

      2/2

       Bio 281

      Human Physiology

      3

       

    • Required FCS Courses (29 units)  

    • Course number
      Course name
      Lecture/lab units

      FCS 201, 201L

      Introductory Food Science, Lab

      2/1

      FCS 207

      Nutrititon for Life

      3

      FCS 301

      Food Science and Technology

      3

      FCS 304

      Foodservice Production

      2

      FCS 404, 404L

      Foodservice System Mgmt, Lab

      2/1

      ***FCS 307

      Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients

      3

      FCS 308

      Advanced Nutrition: Micronutrients

      3

      FCS 321, 321L

      Contemporary Issues in Foods & Nutrition, Lab

      2/1

      FCS 402

      Medical Nutrition Therapy I

      3

      FCS 403

      Medical Nutrition Therapy II

      3

      FCS 408

      Community Nutrition

      3

       

    • Required from Other Departments (18 units)

      Course number
      Course name
      Lecture/lab units

      *Anth 150 or Soc 150

      Human Origin and Culture or
      Introductory Sociology

      3

      *Eng 155

      Freshman Composition

      3

      *Pol Sci 155 or Pol Sci 403

      American Political Institutions or
      State and Local Government

      3

      *Psy 150

      Principles of Human Behavior

      3

      SED 525HEC

      Methods of Teaching Home 
      Economics

      3

      *COMS 151, 151L

      Fundamentals of Public
      Speaking, Lab

      2/1

       

      FCS Core Courses (13 units)

      Course number
      Course name
      Lecture/lab units

      **FCS 170

      Creative Expression in FCS

      2

      **FCS 232

      Individual and Family Development

      3

      **FCS 320

      Management for Modern Living

      3

      **FCS 380

      FCS Foundations and Research

      3

      FCS 494BEE

      Supervised Field Study (Dietetics) 
      Peer Nutrition Counseling

      2

       

      Recommended Electives (11-13 units)

      Course number
      Course name
      Lecture/lab units

      FCS 381 or  *Comp 100 or
      Comp 101/105

      Computer Applications in FCS or Computers: Their Impact and Use or
      Intro to Algorithms/Computer Prog

      3

      *Math 140

      Introductory Statistics

      4

      FCS 394

      Supervised Field Study (Academic 
      Internship)

      1-3

*May fulfill general education/Title 5 requirements
**Students who have already completed a BS or BA degree and wish to complete only the Didactic Program Dietetics may make the following modifications to the above course list: eliminate FCS 170, FCS 232 and FCS 320 and complete either FCS 380 or Math 140.
***FCS 307 has three prerequisites (FCS 207, Chem 235/L and Bio 281); passing grade for these three coursces are grade C or better (starting Fall 2010). 
Courses in bold print must be completed at CSUN.

A flowsheet  may help you determine the sequence of your courses, because many of our courses have prerequisites. The flowsheet will also indicate which courses are offered only in the fall or spring. See the links to flowsheets on the previous page.