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SCI 12 — Nutrition: A Personalized Approach

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 12—May 31
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 25
Units: 2
Tuition: $510
Instructor(s): Clyde Wilson
Limit: 65
Status: Open
6:30—9:00 pm
Apr 12—May 31
8 weeks
Drop By
Apr 25
2 Units
Clyde Wilson
Good nutrition sounds simple: Eat a variety of wholesome foods and drink some water. But in our modern environment, we are surrounded by food options very different from those on a traditional farm. Low-calorie sweeteners, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and a multitude of other additives vie for our attention, all claiming to be the key to improved health. Various fad diets claim the same thing, offering different (and even completely opposite) approaches to eating from each other. How can we figure out a “best” way to eat for each of us personally, and then survive a trip to the grocery store or our own kitchen? Science provides broad guidelines for meeting our body’s needs, but only when we take into account each person’s individual situation does an effective, sustainable personalized approach emerge. Nutrition for general health, weight loss, disease prevention, and exercise performance will be explored throughout this course. Homework assignments will challenge students to apply the concepts from class to their own personal life, schedule, and food preferences. In the end, each student’s diet will be highly individualized despite resting on the same sound principles.

Students should be comfortable hearing about scientific findings on the topics discussed in class, but no science background is required in this introductory course. Grade restriction: No letter grade.

Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco

Clyde Wilson has taught nutrition and human movement in Stanford’s Department of Athletics and food pharmacology in the Stanford and UC San Francisco medical schools for more than ten years. He is a director at the Sports Medicine Institute, a nonprofit. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford and researches metabolic rate at UC San Francisco.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.