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Nutrition (BIOL 1120)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course considers the nutrients and their functions in the human body, basic nutritional requirements, nutrition tools, and guidelines for making sound food choices and reading food labels. You will learn how to plan a balanced diet and how to evaluate nutrition behaviors using popular nutrition literature. No previous coursework in biology is required. Offered as both an on-campus and Web course. This course fulfills the lab-like experience requirements for MnTC Goal Area 3.

Topical Outline:
1. Nutrition, social interactions & evaluation
2. Digestion (carbohydrates, lipids, & proteins)
3. Macronutrients (vitamins, minerals, & water)
4. Micronutrients
5. Metabolism and weight control

Learning Outcomes:
1. Choose foods that provide for optimum health of the individual, community and planet, and will be able to defend those choices
2. Know the kind of information found on food labels and understand how to read one and evaluate the quality of the labeled food
3. Use basic nutrition principles to evaluate common nutrition information in advertising, popular literature and web sites
4. Know how to use a computer diet analysis program to evaluate and improve a diet
5. Know the function of the nutrient groups and how the nutritional status of an individual is affected by food choices related to these nutrients

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

MnTC: Goal 3: Natural Sciences