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

Course Materials: A list of student materials required for each course,
as well as purchase options, will be provided by May 1st

Daily Schedule, Monday through Friday

AM Session(s) PM Session(s)
10:00 – 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) 4:00 – 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

Please note: In addition to assignments and independent work, all courses have a morning and afternoon live class session. For students
joining from overseas, faculty will provide recordings of certain classes that can be watched a-synchronously at a more convenient time.
Participation, attendance and expectations for the course will be provided by your instructor.


Food is something we all have some sort of a 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, health and nutrition.


  • Along with learning about the science behind our food, students will learn how they can make foods such as cheese, tofu, hot sauce, and bread

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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

You will learn about a subject at a depth you can't get in high school by college professors in a college environment. The class interactions are fun and the things you learn can be used outside the classroom.

Sachaly R., Kentucky (Summer Programs 2020)