Nutrition Science

Pathway Overview

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer. Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway. Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.


Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend. Depending on your program of study, you can earn either an Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), Track 1 or Track 2.

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  • Units to complete: 90
  • Estimated program length in quarters: Full Time - 6

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Nutrition is a science that interprets the interaction of nutrients and other substances in food in relation to the maintenance, growth, reproduction, health and disease of an organism across its lifespan. If you’re planning to study nutrition, dietetics, or food science at a four-year university or college, begin at Seattle Central.

Earn a college transfer degree that includes Nutrition classes. Planning to Major in Nutrition? Download this handy guide (pdf).

Nutrition 101 is an introduction to human nutrition with an emphasis on the relationship of nutrition to growth, development, health, physical and mental functioning. Examine the sources, functions, interrelationships and human requirements of the nutrients, protein, carbohydrate, fat, minerals and vitamins as well as energy needs throughout the life cycle. Current issues having to do with weight management, fad diets, food safety, additives, behavioral effects of foods, advertising, etc., will be included. Practical considerations are given to planning, purchasing, storing and preparing food to foster safety, nutrient retention, economy and time management. Seattle Central also offers self-paced Nutrition 101 conducted online via Canvas.

Courses Offered

  • Nutrition 101

To read course descriptions for the current and upcoming quarter as well as register, visit the class schedule.

Nutrition Careers

  • Dietician
  • Food Scientist
  • Exercise Scientist
  • Consultant

Nutrition Faculty

Katie Baker
Bastyr University, Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine

Kira Baum
Bastyr University, ND, LAc (Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine)

Jessica McAbee
University of California Davis, Ph.D. (Plant Biology)

Deborah Ocken
Kansas State University, M.S. (Nutrition)

Kathleen Putnam
Bastyr University (Nutrition Science)

Marla Robinson
University of Washington, M.S. (Molecular Ecology)

Brooke Yool
University of California Irvine, B.S. (Biological Science)
University of California San Francisco, M.S. (Pharmaceutical Chemistry)