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Nutrition & Food Science Pathway

Why Nutrition & Food Science?

Those working in the Nutrition & Food Science field help people lead healthier lives through a balanced diet. Dieticians and nutritionists plan food and nutrition programs and supervise the preparation and serving of meals. They help prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits and by recommending dietary modifications. Other job opportunities in this field include managing food service systems for institutions such as hospitals and schools and promoting sound eating habits through education and conducting research. Food scientists analyze food to see what it is made of and what causes it to break down or spoil. They focus on the safe preservation and processing of food as well as its nutritional value.

Nutrition jobs are found in hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care facilities, offices of physicians and other health practitioners, correctional facilities, health departments and other health-related areas, such as:

•    Clinical Dietician
•    Dietician/Aide/Direction/Technician
•    Evaluation Scientist
•    Executive Chef
•    Family Resource Manager
•    Fitness Manager
•    Food Chemist
•    Food Grader
•    Food Inspector
•    Food Tester
•    Health and Fitness Advisor
•    Health Education Coordinator
•    Nutritionist
•    Public Health Nutritionist
•    Rehabilitation Counselor
•    Research Dietician
•    Sports Nutritionist

Students who complete this program will learn the essential skills to enter the nutrition and food science workforce after high school and is an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing a post-secondary program in nutrition and food science related areas. Employment in this field is expected to grow faster than average as a result of the increasing emphasis on disease prevention through improved dietary habits. A growing and aging population will increase the demand for meals and nutritional counseling in hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, prisons, community health programs and home healthcare agencies.

Food & Nutrition Courses & Schedule

Nutrition & Food Science Course Schedule

Foods, Nutrition, & Wellness – 2 semesters.
Food, Nutrition and Wellness is an essential course in understanding nutritional needs and food choices for optimal health of individuals across the lifespan. Interrelationships with wellness are explored. This course leads to the advanced nutrition pathway and develops a knowledge base and the skills necessary to select among alternatives in the marketplace, with an emphasis on nutrient content, the development of chronic diseases, and food safety.

Food for Life – 2 semesters.
*This course counts as a 4th science credit.
Food for Life is an advanced course in the Food & Nutrition Science pathway that addresses the variation in nutritional needs at specific stages of the human life cycle: lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood including old age. The most common nutritional concerns, their relationship to food choices and health status and strategies to enhance well-being at each stage of the lifecycle are emphasized. This course provides knowledge for real life and offers students a pathway into dietetics, consumer foods, and nutrition science careers with additional education at the post-secondary level.

Food Science – 2 semesters.
*This course counts as a 4th science credit.
Food science integrates many branches of science and relies on the application of the rapid advances in technology to expand and improve the food supply. Students will evaluate the effects of processing, preparation, and storage on the quality, safety, wholesomeness, and nutritive value of foods. Building on information learned in Nutrition and Wellness and Chemistry, this course illustrates scientific principles in an applied context, exposing students to the wonders of scientific world.

Post Secondary Institutions of Study

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Nutrition & Food Science

•    Albany Technical College
•    Altamaha Technical College
•    Art Institute of Atlanta
•    Athens Technical College
•    Atlanta Technical College
•    Augusta Technical College
•    Bauder College
•    Central Georgia Technical College
•    Chattahoochee Technical College
•    Columbus Technical College
•    Coosa Technical College
•    DeKalb Technical College
•    East Central Technical College
•    Flint River Technical College
•    Fort Valley State University
•    Georgia Southern University
•    Georgia State University
•    Georgia Virtual Technical College
•    Griffin Technical College
•    Gwinnett Technical College
•    Heart Of Georgia Technical College
•    Kennesaw State University
•    Lanier Technical College
•    Life University
•    Middle Georgia Technical College
•    Moultrie Technical College
•    North Georgia Technical College
•    Ogechee Technical College
•    Okefenokee Technical College
•    Sandersville Technical College
•    Savannah College of Art and Design
•    Savannah Technical College
•    South Georgia Technical College
•    Southeastern Technical College
•    Southwest Georgia Technical College
•    Swainsboro Technical College
•    University of Georgia
•    Valdosta Technical College
•    West Central Technical College


fcclaFamily, Career, and Community  Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a cocurricular student organization designed  to prepare students for family life, work life and careers in Family and Consumer Sciences. Membership provides opportunities to build leadership and competitive skills needed in the world of work and community.