Course Description

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


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This course is only available as part of a specialized residency program listed under "Applies to the Following Residencies" at left. You are required to submit an application to be admitted to the program.

If you have been accepted to the residency, please navigate to the program description page via that link to complete enrollment and payment.

Section Title
Human Body: Food to Function
On Campus
T, W, Th
9:00AM to 12:30PM
May 28, 2019 to Jun 27, 2019
Schedule and Location
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $2,700.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
3 units
Section Notes

If you are a current CalArts student interested in taking a summer Critical Studies course, please proceed to The Hub for registration.

Students must have some college essay writing experience in order to fully participate in this class.