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Nutrition 101: Science of Nutrition


30 hours (10 weeks).

Various; distance learning format.

December 2014 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: examine energy yielding nutrients, how to use the scientific method for nutrition, guidelines for a healthy diet, and how to determine nutritional needs; assess guidelines for a healthy diet and eating plan and get details on how to determine nutritional needs; compare the structure, types, and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, minerals, water, and vitamins, how they are digested, and the issues associated with them; illustrate the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract and the digestion processes for nutrients, carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, and lipids; review the structure and function of cells, focusing on cell metabolism and protein synthesis; assess the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and the risks associated with being overweight; explain the causes, symptoms, and treatments for eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating; and diagram the nutritional and caloric needs to support and optimize physical activity.


Course materials are presented via audio visual materials. Major topics include: introduction to nutrition; healthy diet planning; role of carbohydrates in nutrition; role of lipids in nutrition; protein's role in nutrition; water as a nutrient; minerals in nutrition; symptoms of mineral deficiency and toxicity; how vitamins support nutrition; anatomy of the digestive system; nutrient digestion, absorption, and transport; cell anatomy and metabolism; weight management and energy needs; eating disorders and risk to nutrition; and physical activity and nutrition.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Nutrition or Health (12/16) (4/22 revalidation).