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Through a series of lectures, demonstrations and readings, we will survey the human body from a molecular level. This course will begin with a discussion of atoms, the building blocks of food, and will end with how a complete human body senses the world around it. We will survey the basics of nutrition including carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and how they relate to our metabolism. With these concepts in mind, we will be able to see how the body puts our food to work. For example, how does the body convert breakfast into muscles that can contract and enable motion? How do certain vitamins help our eyes turn light into images? How do minerals help transport a range of substances and even information throughout our body? Students will apply what they have learned to problems that can be answered with short essays and to critiques of media presentations on health issues. Finally, students will apply concepts from class to creative projects that reflect upon and critique concepts from the course.
Enrollment/Payment Deadline: April 30, 2019