Food Science and Dietetics

SCED Code: 19254
Suggested Grade Level: 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 140
Credits: 1
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: Yes
Non-Traditional?: F

Through laboratory and other practical experiences, students will develop a deeper appreciation for the food system and the impact of science on the food and nutrition industries. Students will explore food sources, the science and technology of food production and processing, and the implications for individual and global health and wellness. Career opportunities are broad and include health care; dietetics; and food research, development, and manufacturing. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Corequisite: Chemistry
Suggested prerequisite: Nutrition and Wellness

Class Size Regulation

The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at

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Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Animal Systems
  • Animal Breeders
  • Animal Scientists
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
  • Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
Environmental Service Systems
Food Products & Processing Systems
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Food Scientists and Technologists
Natural Resources Systems
  • Microbiologists
Plant Systems
  • Soil and Plant Scientists
Power, Structural, & Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Engineers

Pathway Occupation
Biotechnology Research and Development
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
Diagnostic Services
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologists
  • Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
Health Informatics
  • Epidemiologists
  • Health Education Specialists
  • Medical Assistants
Support Services
Therapeutic Services
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Dental Assistants
  • Dentists, General
  • Home Health Aides
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Medical Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Aides
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Physicians, All Other
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Surgeons, All Other
  • Surgical Technologists
  • Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Pathway Occupation
Counseling & Mental Health Services
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Early Childhood Development & Services
  • Childcare Workers
  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Teaching Assistants, All Other
Family & Community Services
  • Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other
Personal Care Services
  • Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other

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