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Human Nutrition

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Description: In this course, students learn about the six classes of nutrients, and their general roles in the human body. This course includes the concept of food as fuel, the estimation of energy based on the quantity of macronutrients, essential nutrients, and nutrition research. It provides students with the educational requirements and professional credentialing of a nutritionist, dietary guidance from the Food and Nutrition Board, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Students review the components of food and supplement labels, and discuss the digestion of food, absorption of nutrients, and elimination of solid waste products. Students learn about different types of macromolecules including carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids, food sources of each, and the general pathways for their digestion, absorption, and metabolism and their roles in the diet, human physiology, and health. Biochemical processes such as gluconeogenesis and lipogenesis are also discussed. Basic information about both vitamins and minerals, including their food sources, dietary adequacy, toxicity and deficiency consequences, and impact on overall health, is provided. Functions and sources of water, mechanisms for maintaining fluid balance, and dehydration and water intoxication are discussed. Students learn about the body composition, the various components of energy expenditure, and a variety of useful weight management options along with the major types of eating disorders. Students also learn the principles of nutrition for children and adolescents, elderly, during pregnancy and for fitness.

Highly Recommended Prerequisite: General Biology I and General Chemistry I or Biochemistry or equivalent with a minimum grade of C or better are highly recommended.
Lecture Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 0 (online lecture only)
Total Units: 4

Course Format: Accelerated Science Courses take place in 4 or 5 weeks. Classes and laboratories are offered in many formats such as daytime, nights, weekends, in-classroom, hybrid (classroom and online), and 100% online. All courses repeat regularly, giving many opportunities to complete the course(s) you need.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) changes: Starting on March 13th all in-classroom courses and labs have been shifted to online. If the graduate program you are applying to requires in-person labs, SCU recommends you contact the graduate schools’ admissions office to see how they are treating online instruction. The Department of Education has asked all schools to take into consideration these emergency circumstances related to COVID-19 and online instruction.

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Registration for in-classroom or hybrid course offerings include lecture (BIO251) and lab (BIO251L).


Spring 2020 100% Online Course Offerings (4 units Online class)

Class Start Date Class End Date Days Class Times
March 26, 2020 April 29, 2020 Online – no daily requirements No specific times

Classes fill quickly, so please do not wait to apply. Students are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. All courses are listed in SCU publications and the application regardless of the current number of registrants. Registration is not confirmed until an email is sent. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please confirm registration by emailing [email protected].

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