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BIO480: Biochemistry & Human Nutrition

This course explores the chemistry, digestion and functions of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water, vitamins and minerals in the human body.

This course explores the chemistry, digestion and functions of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water, vitamins and minerals in the human body. The importance of adequate personal nutrition for optimal performance as an adolescent is stressed. Special considerations include world hunger, sports nutrition, eating disorders, drug-nutrient interactions, weight control, and the relationship between nutrition and disease. Students will apply the scientific method and develop skills in personal diet selection, consumerism and in evaluating controversial nutrition issues in the literature. Laboratory investigations will focus on the biological chemistry of foods and will also require use of the Academy's personal computers.