The Science of Food, Nutrition, and the Biological World

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Credit: 3.0 units of USC credit

Prerequisites: None

Two years of high school science with a grade of B or better

Special Dress Code: None

Course Materials:
Students are responsible for ordering and purchasing required student materials for each class.
We will share details mid-May.
Lecture Time: Monday through Friday, 10:00am – 11:30am PDT
Discussion Time: Monday through Friday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm PDT

Lectures and Discussions will be held using Zoom video conferencing. Recordings of
lectures will be made available in the event a student cannot participate at the
scheduled time.


Food is something we all have some sort of connection with. Whether you see it as a tool for artistic expression, or simply as fuel for your body, food is derived from the living world around us. This course will relate concepts from the biological sciences in an applicable context by using the food we eat to provide students with an understanding of molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and nutrition.


  • Along with learning about the science behind our food, students will learn how they can make foods such as cheese, tofu, and bread at home
  • Through the use of the Zoom video conferencing platform, students can join me in lecture, allowing them to ask questions in real-time. Some accommodations can be made for students attending internationally. Online discussions must be attended live

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Topic of Study

  • The biology of plants, animals, and microorganisms
  • Genetics, and the history of GMOs
  • Agricultural impact on the environment
  • Nutrition
  • Food molecules and chemistry
  • The biology of taste & smell