What am I going to eat today? It's a question we ask ourselves daily, demonstrating the importance of nutrition in our lives.
Learning about contemporary issues surrounding topics is vital to our health. Some of these are: where our food comes from; how it is grown and produced; how different elements of food metabolize in our bodies; how our digestive system breaks down different components such as fat, protein and sugar and the effect they have on our bodies; and, the long-term effects of certain foods and diseases that can be caused by them. Understanding what good nutrition means can have a profound impact on our current and future health both individually and as a society.
SDCC doesn't currently offer a degree in nutrition, but we have several classes that can lead to assisting you transfer to a four-year institution for further studies towards a bachelor's degree. A degree in nutrition can lead to careers in areas such as public health, food and culinary arts, fitness, allied health, schools, farmers markets.
Note: Students interested in earning a Dietetic Service Supervisor Certificate of
take NUTR 150 at San Diego Mesa College.
3 hours lecture, 3 units
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Skill Level/Milestone R6 and W6; Mathematics 38 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Skill Level/Milestone M30.
This course is a study of the scientific concepts of nutrition relating to the functioning of nutrients within the human body. Emphasis is placed on nutritional needs throughout the life cycle, food source of nutrients, and current nutritional issues. Students utilize computer technology to analyze dietary intake and evaluate nutritional status.
Included is a personal dietary analysis indicating nutritional issues. Students operated computer assisted program available. This course is intended for students majoring in nutrition and all students interested in the science of nutrition. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Nutrition (NUTR) 150 and 155 combined: maximum credit, one course; C-ID NUTR 110.
170 Nutrition and Fitness
3 hours lecture, 3 units
Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Skill Levels/Milestones R5 and W5; Mathematics 38 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Skill Level/Milestone M30 .
This course is a practical study of sports and nutrition. Emphasis is placed on the role of nutrition and enhanced performance. Students evaluate their nutritional needs during various stages of exercise. Topics include carbohydrate loading, use of supplements, determination of body composition. This course is intended for nutrition majors, athletes and all students interested in health and fitness. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.