Family and Consumer Science

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Family and Consumer Science

The Family and Consumer Science Associate in Arts Degree is designed to provide an occupational program of study for students interested in pursuing careers related to Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies, Fashion, Food Preparation, Interior Design, Gerontology, Life Management, or Nutrition. Courses within the curriculum provide course work to meet state licensing requirements to work with individuals across the age span and provide part of the undergraduate requirements necessary for students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution. Selected courses provide students with lifelong learning skills. Students with Associate in Arts degrees in Family and Consumer Science will have studied the relationship between the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual environment in and of the home and family and the development of individuals, including instruction in the natural and social sciences and humanities in the development of attitudes, knowledge, and ability pertaining to programs in fashion, interior design, life management, child development, family studies, and gerontology, and nutrition, foods, and culinary arts.

Transfer Students: Students who plan to complete the Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science or related fields at four-year institutions should consult the Requirements of Transfer lnstitutions section of this catalog and the related major sections of the catalog for the institution to which they wish to transfer. Consultation with the Family and Consumer Science faculty and with counselors is advised.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community 3
ECE 322 Promoting Children's Social Competence 3
FASHN 310 Fashion Analysis/Clothing Selection 3
FASHN 320 Textiles 3
FASHN 351 Applied Apparel Studies / Intermediate Principles of Construction 3
FCS 320 Marriage and the Family (3) 3
   or SOC 310 Marriage and the Family (3)
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 480 Nutrition Honors (3)
NUTRI 330 Food Theory and Preparation 4
Total Units: 31

The Family and Consumer Science Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • integrate knowledge across a wide range of contexts in the area of Family and Consumer Science.
  • locate, evaluate, and use information effectively.
  • write with precision and clarity to express complex thought.
  • read college-level materials with understanding and insight.
  • maintain and transfer academic and technical skills to workplace.
  • be life-long learners.
  • demonstrate understanding of and tolerance for ethnic, religious, gender, age, and socioeconomic diversity.
  • research and evaluate current trends related to content areas.

Career Information

Opportunities for students with an Associate in Arts Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences would include: Child Development/Resource and Referral Specialist, Early Intervention Assistant, Para-educator, Family Support Service Worker, Community Activity Planner, Community Services Worker, Recreation Specialist, Senior Supportive Services, Human Services Worker, Social Work Assistant, Family Services Worker, Life Skills Counselor, Community Support Worker, Mental Health Aide, Registry Coordinator, and Intergenerational Care Provider. By careful selection of required and elective courses, students can develop a broad major or prepare themselves for advanced study leading to such careers as: Dietitian, Foods Consultant, Market Consultant, Clothing Designer, Family and Consumer Science Educator, Public Utility Field Representative, Interior Designer, Extension Service Advisor, Educator in Child Development and Family Relations, Consultant in Consumer Economics, Researcher in Textiles, Foods, Child Development, and Gerontology.


A.S. in Nutrition

Sacramento City College's Family and Consumer Science Department offers a rigorous nutrition degree program that is broad enough to prepare the student for further study in a variety of nutrition areas including: nutrition science research, food science and technology, dietetics, industry, and many other evolving nutrition-related fields.

All students must complete the Required Program plus either the CSU Path or the UC Path.

It is important to note that each four-year college or university has slightly different requirements for transfer so it is critical for students interested in this major to map out their academic plan with a counselor.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
CHEM 400 General Chemistry I (5) 5
   or CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry (5)
   or CHEM 309 Integrated General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (5)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 480 Nutrition Honors (3)
STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4) 4
   or STAT 480 Introduction to Probability and Statistics - Honors (4)
Subtotal Units: 12
CSU Path
Course Code Course Title Units
BIOL 440 General Microbiology 4
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 480 Honors General Principles (3)
CSU Path Units: 7
Total Units: 19
UC Path
Course Code Course Title Units
BIOL 402 Cell and Molecular Biology 5
CHEM 420 Organic Chemistry I 5
UC Path Units: 10
Total Units: 22

The Nutrition Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • explain the principles of nutrition and their effects on health.
  • assess the various sources of nutrition information and demonstrate where to find reliable nutrition information.
  • analyze a diet for adequacy, balance, and moderation.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between chemistry, biology, and nutrition.