Nutritional Biochemistry II – NUTR 642

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/09/2022

Course Description

Advanced study of the nutritional principles, physiology, and biochemical pathways of metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, and minerals as related to human health and disease.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Despite man’s sinful nature being uncovered by a single piece of food, a fruit, God created food to be good.  He created food to provide us with energy, chemicals that the body can use to build and re-build our cellular structures, and key nutrients used in the regulation of many of our body’s systems.  This course aims to provide a graduate nutrition student with the knowledge of these metabolic biochemical pathways and the chemical etiology for diseases resulting from malnutrition.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss high-energy phosphates and their coupling to metabolism.
  2. Explain the clinical significance of carbohydrate metabolism pathways, regulation, and storage.
  3. Explain the clinical significance of lipids metabolism pathways, regulation, and storage.
  4. Explain the clinical significance of protein/amino acid metabolism pathways, regulation, and storage.
  5. Determine the dietary needs of vitamins and minerals and the diseases that result from their deficiencies.
  6. Discuss the importance of good nutrition and our bodies being the temple of the Holy Spirit.
  7. Identify the methods of genetic and epigenetic modification of food.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, websites, articles, and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words.  (Satisfies MLOs B,C,D,F,G)

Case Study Assignment

Case studies allow students to apply course concepts to practical life situations related to nutrition. Each student will research a case study of a disorder or disease as assigned. Results of research will be presented in a paper addressing the criteria outlined in the assignment instructions. This assignment will be 1,000 words and requires 5 peer-reviewed sources. (Satisfies MLOs B,C,D,F)

Micronutrient PowerPoint Assignment

As a nutrition and/or public health professional, the student will have the opportunity to develop and deliver presentations regarding various nutrition-related topics. The student will create a professional PowerPoint presentation of 10-15 slides that reviews the chosen vitamin or mineral supplement and follows the assignment instructions. The presentation must include the listed criteria in the assignment instructions and follow current AMA formatting guidelines. (Satisfies MLOs E,F)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 35 multiple-choice questions, and have a 60 minute time limit. Quiz time overruns will incur a 1-point deduction per minute over the set quiz time. (Satisfies MLOs A,B,C,D,E,G)