Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

NUTR 121: Human Nutrition

General Information

  • Name: Human Nutrition
  • Discipline: Nutrition (NUTR)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Offers a beginning course in the principles of human nutrition including a study of each of the major nutrients and how they relate to good health and a well balanced diet. Includes four laboratory experiences.

II: Course Objectives

A beginning course in the principles of human nutrition, focusing on the major nutrients; including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, water, vitamins, minerals and the role these nutrients play in human health. This course includes planning a well-balanced diet and evaluating nutrition fact versus fallacy. Four laboratory experiences are required.

  • Students will gain factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends) about human nutrition. Including defining terms such as nutrients, nutritional status, recommended dietary allowances, dietary reference intakes, and essential nutrients.
  • Students will improve problem solving, creative, and critical thinking skills, including distinguishing nutrition fact from fallacy.
  • Through the laboratory experiences, students will understand and apply the principles of nutritional assessment.
  • Through laboratory assignments, students will gain an understanding of data collection and interpretation. Students will calculate nutrient percentages on nutrition labels and in planning a well-balanced diet.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

NUTR 121 is a general education class that promotes the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will benefit the students in their personal and professional endeavors.

Students who successfully complete NUTR 121 satisfy the General Education Learning Objectives of:

  • Understanding the methods of science
  • Appreciating the role that science and technology plays in the modern world
  • Have college-level skills in reading, writing, and oral communication appropriate to their degree and/or emphasis
  • Develop effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating information
  • Establish useful problem solving, creative reasoning , and critical thinking skills.


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