Food Science and Dietetics

SCED Code: 19254
Suggested Grade Level: 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
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 Breeder, Husbandry
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
Environmental Service Systems
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Toxicologist
Food Products & Processing Systems
  • Biochemist
  • Food Scientist
Natural Resources Systems
  • Microbiologist
  • Wildlife Manager
Plant Systems
  • Botanist
  • Forest Geneticist
  • Soil and Plant Scientist
  • Plant Breeder/Geneticist
Power, Structural, & Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Engineer

Pathway Occupation
Biotechnology Research and Development
  • Biochemist
Diagnostic Services
  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Computer Tomography (CT) Technologist
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Radiologic Technologist, Radiographer
Health Informatics
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Educator
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical, Health Services Manager
Support Services
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Food Service Worker
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technologist
Therapeutic Services
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Home Health Aide
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist Aide
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Physician
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Respiratory Therapy Technician
  • Surgeon
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technologist

Pathway Occupation
Counseling & Mental Health Services
  • Dietitian, Nutritionist
  • Educational/School Counselor
  • Nutritional Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor
Early Childhood Development & Services
  • Child Care Assistant/Worker
  • Director of Early Childhood Education Center
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Nanny
  • Parent and Family Educator
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant
Family & Community Services
  • Adult Day Care Coordinator
  • Educational/School Counselor
  • Medical, Public Health Social Worker
  • Personal and Home Care Aide
Personal Care Services
  • Personal Trainer
  • Personal and Home Care Aide

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