Liberal Arts > Nutrition

General Information


I. Catalog Course Description

Prerequisites: None. Recommend: MATH120, MATH126 or higher
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 and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Upon successful completion of NUTR 121 Human Nutrition, (defined as a 75% course score or better) learners will be able to:

  • Describe and/or define terms such as calories, nutrients, essential nutrients, Recommended Dietary Allowances and malnutrition (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain safe food handling, diet and disease relationships, food additives and regulations, nutritional assessment and nutrient deficiencies among various age groups (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the role that nutritional science and technology plays in the modern world (GE #1);
  • Illustrate and explain the role that nutrients play in human health, with a focus on the major nutrients, including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, water, vitamins, minerals. (GE #1);
  • Present accurate calculation and symbolic operations, and explain how such calculations and operations are used in either introductory nutrition or in interpreting information in related fields. (GE #1, #3).

III. Topics

All students will have a basic (one semester of a non-traditionally-lab-experienced one-semester course) knowledge of nutrients, nutritional status, recommended dietary allowances, dietary reference intakes, and essential nutrients; problem solving, creative, and critical thinking skills, including distinguishing nutrition fact from fallacy; the principles of nutritional assessment; data collection and interpretation; nutrient percentages on nutrition labels and in planning a well-balanced diet.


Scheduled NUTR-121 classes:

Fall 2019