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Essentials in Nutrition

BIOD 121: Essentials in Nutrition

Credits: 3



Department: Biology

This course will provide the student with the fundamentals of nutrition, both in theory and application. The digestion, absorption, metabolism, and functional importance of nutrients are emphasized. Basic principles of applied nutrition such as energy balance, weight control, and the role of nutrition from birth to death are discussed. The mechanisms and onset of disease states as a result of insufficient nutritional intake are examined. Case studies encourage students to apply the information and prepare them for healthy living. Upon course completion, students will be able to apply nutrition principles to their own lives and be able to make informed nutrition choices.

Credits: 3

General biology and general chemistry (recommended, but not required)

Course Topics

Module 1: A key to health: what you eat and why, guidelines for a healthy diet.

Module 2: Key nutrients in digestion and metabolism: carbohydrates, proteins, lipids.

Module 3: Energy balance and weight control, behavior modification, physical exercise.

Module 4: Vital dietary components: vitamins, minerals and water.

Module 5: Beyond the nutrients: fitness and sports, eating disorders, under nutrition.

Module 6: A focus on life stages: nutrition from pregnancy to adulthood.

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