Course Description

Basic concepts of human nutrition which include carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, absorption, digestion, metabolism, and energy utilization as they relate to health and food consumption at different stages of the life cycle. Students will complete a personal dietary project designed to assist in self-assessment and understanding for making healthy food choices. Current food and nutrition trends will also be addressed via weekly group discussions.

This course fulfills the Contemporary Issues in Science (CS) piece of the Montana State University CORE Curriculum or 3 credits of the Natural Science degree requirement in the Liberal Studies.

Meeting Place and Times



Janet Gamble.
Janet Gamble is a Registered Dietitian (RD) who also has her Masters in Teaching. She is an instructor within the Department of Health and Human Development (Food and Nutrition) where she teaches courses such as Basic Human Nutrition, Food Science, Nutrition & Society, Micronutrient Metabolism and Culinary Marketing.



Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • Nutrition: Science and Applications (Binder Ready Version)
    Lori Smolin and Mary Grosvenor
    4th Edition
    ISBN-13: 978-1119087106
    ISBN-10: 1119087104
    approx $141.00 new Hardcover


Books can be purchased from many online retailers or at the MSU Bookstore.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.


This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For course information: Please contact Janet Gamble at [email protected].

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

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