Human Nutrition, Health and Genomics
Practical applications of science, coupled with theoretical research
When you study human nutrition, health, and genomics in the College of Human Ecology, you’ll learn not only about the biological and chemical foundations of life, but you’ll consider them in life’s context. For example, how do socioeconomic, cultural, religious, educational and policy issues affect nutrition and health and how can we respond?
Our students develop unique perspectives and discover multifaceted ways to address issues facing people today, because they learn to incorporate the social sciences into a field often reserved for the physical sciences. Our faculty members use a multidisciplinary approach in their teaching – incorporating policy, management, design, education and other social science angles.
This approach teaches students to not only understand the biology, chemistry, and other natural sciences behind particular issues, but also to understand and consider the social context involved.
Nutritional Sciences deals with the interrelationship between food, nutrition and health. Nutritional Sciences is approached from a highly natural and physical science perspective. A variety of issues are covered, from the biochemistry of the cell, to the political and economic dimensions of world hunger. Nutritional Sciences students can fulfil the course requirements for membership in the American Dietetics Association or can pursue a concentration in exercise science.
Coursework includes: chemistry, biochemistry, economics, sociology and psychology.
Biology and Society Equips students with skills and perspectives to address complex technical, social and ethical problems arising from interactions among biological and sociological forces.
Coursework includes: biology, ethics, sociology and government (students interested in pursuing medicine will add chemistry and physics).
Human Biology, Health and Society combines interest in human biology, health promotion and biosocial factors in our near environment that influence human well-being
Coursework includes: biology, chemistry, anthropology or economics, psychology or sociology, all health related courses offered by Human Ecology
Human Development provides a strong grounding in the behavioral sciences and what those disciplines tell us about how people age and change throughout their lives and how they are affected by their experiences and environments. A variety of concentrations are available for students to further specialize and customize their studies.
Coursework includes: psychology, sociology, biology, statistics, anthropology, and history
Human Factors and Ergonomics explores the interaction of people with their physical surroundings and how those influence behavior, comfort and well-being.
Cousework includes: applied design/principles, psychology, economics, organizational behavior, communications, industrial and mechanical engineering.