HSC 101 INTRODUCTION TO NUTRITION
HSC 101 – Introduction to Nutrition
Course Number & Name: HSC 101 Introduction to Nutrition
Credit Hours: 3.0 Contact Hours: 3.0 Lecture: 3.0 Lab: N/A Other: N/A
Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or better in BIO 100 or higher or in CHM 100 or higher
Co-requisites: N/A Concurrent Courses: N/A
Course Description: This is a basic course of nutrition, intended to provide each student the foundation for understanding the science of nutrition, and the application of nutrition principles in daily dietary practice. An investigation of the relationship between diet and nutrition to the pathological and physiologic process of the body, as well as the benefit of food to emotional health, are the center of focus. The concepts of digestion, absorption, transport, and elimination are reviewed. Energy obtained from food, which supports ongoing activities of body tissue, and the mechanisms used to maintain energy, water and electrolyte balance are studied.
Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
- identify and discuss the sources of nutrients in foods, the functions of essential and nonessential nutrients and the impact of excess and/or deficiency of these nutrients on health;
- explain the role of carbohydrates, fat, and protein in relation to human metabolism; and
- explain the structural components of the body, the pathways for distribution of nutrients to body cells and tissues, and the processes the body uses to obtain energy from food.