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women poring over cookbookFond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers a two-year Associate of Science degree in Nutrition. The primary goal of the degree program is to prepare students for transfer to the four-year bachelor's degree program in Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. FDLTCC is the only college in northeastern Minnesota offering a Nutrition program.

The Nutrition degree program provides a well-rounded education that serves as the foundation for a career in nutrition and food science-related fields. Students completing the degree program will have easy credit transfer to the University of Minnesota through an articulation agreement that assures acceptance of credits earned at FDLTCC. A limited number of students may choose to directly enter the workforce after completing the two-year degree, but students should recognize that most professions in nutrition require a minimum of a four-year degree. Many positions also require completing a Dietetic Internship after earning a bachelor's degree.

Professional employment includes positions in healthcare, public health, community nutrition, food service, education, and research. Typical employers are hospitals, clinics, food industry corporations, government entities, tribal organizations, and community-based agencies. Example job titles are food technologist, nutrition educator, nutrition assistant educator, WIC program staff, and researcher. A Registered Dietician is a person who has passed the national registry exam after completing a four-year degree and a rigorous dietetic internship.

Current labor statistics suggest a stable, but competitive job market in this field. Current and projected healthcare information indicates an increasing incidence of Diabetes and obesity, particularly among minority groups, which may call for additional nutrition professionals in the near future.

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The Nutrition degree program includes a science-based core that includes Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology courses. The program also features a strong American Indian cultural emphasis that will help prepare students to work with minority populations and the unique issues facing these specific groups of people. Graduates of the FDLTCC Nutrition program will be well-suited to work in locations and facilities that provide services to American Indian people.

The core courses of the Nutrition degree program will also prepare students for degrees in many healthcare fields. The requirements provide a broad-based education and flexibility in case a student opts to pursue a career in a related healthcare area.

Fond du Lac College Advantages

Well-qualified faculty and the multi-cultural environment at the college offer opportunities that no other college can provide. A degree or certificate from FDLTCC is greatly valued and respected by prospective employers and transfer institutions.

For people who already have some college experience, it may be possible to complete the program in less time. Classes are offered during the day and evening hours, providing the opportunity to create a flexible schedule. Small class sizes, on-campus child care, and student organizations are added bonuses at FDLTCC.

To receive more information about the Nutrition program, contact:

Peggy Hiestand

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

To receive general FDLTCC information, contact:

Admissions Office

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
(218) 879-0808
TTY (218) 879-0805

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Associate of Applied Science Degree Option Required Courses
ANSH 1001 Anishinaabe I
BIOL   2010 Microbiology
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2021 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CHEM 1010 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1011 General Chemistry II
HLTH 2010 Fundamentals of Nutrition
HLTH 2015 Food: Safety, Risks, and Technology

General Education
AMIN 1050 Anishinaabeg of Lake Superior
ANSH 1002 Anishinaabe II
BIOL 1101 General Biology I
BIOL 1060 Environmental Science
ECON 2010 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics
ENGL 1001 College Writing I
ENGL 1020 College Writing IIB: Writing for Work
MATH 1010 College Algebra
One course in Physical Education
Total credits required: 62

Selected Course Descriptions

HLTH 2010    Fundamentals of Nutrition
Fundamentals of Nutrition is the study of the basic principles and concepts of nutrition. Topics covered include carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, energy balance, and nutrition through the life cycle. Personal nutrition analysis and the relationship between diet and disease are also addressed.

Health 2015    Food: Safety, Risks and Technology
Introduction to the risks and safety of the food supply including the use of policy and food technology to reduce or control these risks. The course will cover microbiological, chemical, and environmental risks with our food supply. Government and industry controls that are used to ensure food safety will be discussed.

Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.
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