Course Descriptions

For more complete course descriptions of each of these courses, see the college catalog.


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HED 101 - Keys to Successful Weight Control


This course explores the determinants of weight gain, loss and maintenance including food intake, energy expenditure, genetics, social pressures and psychological factors. Students will learn the proven keys to successful and long term weight control. A variety of approaches to weight control will be examined with thought to effectiveness, safety and nutritional adequacy. Disordered eating, including emotional eating, compulsive eating, bulimia and anorexia nervosa will be examined relative to their relationship to weight control.
Transfers to CSU only


HED 105 - Health Education for Teachers


This course is designed for multiple or single subject teacher candidates and provides introductory knowledge of broad health-related issues that are relevant to K-12 curriculum. Topic areas covered include primary and secondary school health education curriculum design, basic legal issues of health education in California, discussion of community resources, behavior modification techniques, stress management, benefits of regular exercise, nutrition and eating disorders, disease prevention, childhood obesity; contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse, including alcohol and tobacco, safety in the home and school, and violence, including gang and domestic violence. This course is designed to meet the state of California health education requirement for the K-12 teaching credential.
Transfers to CSU only 


HED 120 - Personal Health & Lifestyles


A course emphasizing the information required to make important decisions concerning lifestyle and total health. An examination of stress, drugs, major diseases, nutrition, weight control, sexuality, aging, environmental issues, and other topics related to health and fitness with an emphasis on applying the information to personal behaviors. This course challenges the student to assume responsibility for, and take charge of his/her own health and well being.


Transfers to both UC/CSU


HED 201 - Introduction to Public Health


The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the environmental, biological and socio-cultural determinants of public health. The areas of emphasis are: environmental health, health and community behavior, infectious disease, chronic disease, public health policy, implementation and regulation. Within these topic areas examination of the matrix of physiological, socio-cultural and psychological determinants of health will be addressed including an overview of various public health professions and institutions, the epidemiology of infectious and chronic disease and their impact on society as a whole, environmental health, health promotion, global health (including health disparities and cultural competence) and public health policy and management (including disaster preparedness).
Transfers to both UC/CSU





NUTR 155 - Introduction to Nutrition

Formerly HED 155


This course is an introduction of the fundamentals of nutrition as it relates to good health. Understanding of current nutritional information (and misinformation) will be discussed to determine optimal dietary choices. Study of dietary goals and guidelines using current tools is incorporated as each student analyzes their own lifestyle choices. Further current issues covered are those in relation to weight maintenance techniques, eating disorders, food labeling, food safety and special needs at various stages in the lifecycle. The information covered will be practical and relevant to assist in making wise choices the rest of one's life.
Transfers to both UC/CSU


NUTR 158 - Nutrition for Fitness & Sports

Formerly HED 158


A course investigating the effects of nutrition and various dietary regimens on athletic performance, physical fitness and general health. Students will compare the physiological effects of optimal nutrition vs. inadequate nutrition for the general population as well as athletes. Cultural, sociological and psychological influences on diet, nutrition and performances will be examined thoroughly. Discussion of current "fad" and supposed performance-enhancing diets and supplements will be addressed.


Transfers to CSU only


NUTR 159 - Cultural Aspects of Food/Nutrition

Formerly HED 159


This course explores the regional, ethnic, cultural, religious, historical, economic, and social influences on food patterns, cuisines, and health as well as how food is viewed as an expression of cultural diversity. An overview of nutritional problems of ethnic groups are discussed and assessed along with geographic factors within cultures. Also examined are traditional foods, food availability, global food issues, religious influences and dietary habits. Connections are drawn between major historical events and how and why these events affected and defined the culinary traditions of different societies. The course also addresses nutrition and health and health consequences of ethnic food choices on health sanitation, and safety practices.
Transfers to both UC/CSU


NUTR 205 - The Scientific Principles of Food Preparation


This course explores the science of food with an emphasis on the chemical compounds, chemical reactions and physical changes that occur during food preparation. The course will examine the function and interaction of ingredients, food safety and sanitation standards, and the effects of preparation methods on the nutrient composition and palatability of foods. The course includes hands-on experience in sensory evaluation techniques and standards, as well as a variety of food preparation techniques.
Transfers to CSU only


NUTR 255 - Science of Nutrition

Formerly HED 255


This course will establish the relationship between foods and science through the study and integration of chemistry, biology and nutrition science. Understanding of the metabolism, functions and sources of nutrients will be covered in detail to correlate the role they have in promotion of health and disease prevention. Discussion of the challenges that occur during the human lifecycle and how nutrient needs change will be covered. This course includes evaluation from a scientific perspective of current concepts, controversies, and dietary recommendations. Nutritional issues as they relate to weight maintenance, eating disorders, food labeling, food safety and special needs at various stages in the lifestyle will be thoroughly examined.
Transfers to both UC/CSU