NUTR 100 Survey of Nutrition • 5 Cr.


A scientific view of human nutrition. Topics include digestion, absorption and nutrient requirements for healthy living, use of food additives, food fads and diets, food safety and world hunger. Fulfills Natural Science course requirement at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain how family, culture, and social heritage inform our eating behaviors and food choices.
  • Describe the structure and function of the digestive, circulatory, and excretory systems in relationship to the digestion, absorption, transport and metabolism of nutrients.
  • Identify the structures of the macronutrients—(carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and water) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and define their functions in maintaining health.
  • Accurately interpret food label information.
  • Assess the relationship between diet and exercise and the development or prevention of nutrition-related diseases.
  • Describe the changes in nutritional requirements for the various life stages from pre-conception to the elderly.
  • Discuss food safety concerns and assess environmental and public health impacts of industrialized food production practices.
  • Use a diet analysis to demonstrate knowledge of nutritional recommendations (e.g. DRI) and to identify areas of divergence.