Majors & Degrees
When you pursue a degree in precision nutrition and wellness at the University of Arizona, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how our genes, lifestyle, and diet interact on a molecular level, and how those complex interactions affect our overall health. You’ll take part in courses that explore nutrition and health, as well as biology, chemistry, genetics, bioinformatics, ethics, and more; and you’ll have opportunities for hands-on experience in faculty research and community nutrition projects.
Precision Nutrition & Wellness Course Sampler
You’ll complete general education requirements, foundational science courses, core nutrition courses, and a selection of electives designed to increase your understanding about essential topics in precision nutrition, including data analytics and technology, health and wellness, diet and genes, and ethics. Here are a few of the classes you may take:
Sample Core Courses
Introduction to Human Nutrition
An overview of current concepts and controversies in human nutrition. You’ll look at carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, and minerals in nutrition, and the relationship of nutrition to health throughout the life cycle.
Fundamentals of Precision Nutrition and Wellness
Learn the fundamental concepts of nutrition and wellness, including disease prevention and wellness at an individual/population level through transformative advances in understanding the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, genomics, metabolomics, and human evolution.
Biomarkers and Disease Status
Discern the molecular networks that drive human disease and learn how biomarkers are developed and used as an indicator of current and future disease status.
A writing emphasis course that examines the structure and function of nutrients; how proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, and minerals are metabolized; and how nutrition and hormones influence gene regulation and expression.
An online course that explores the application of genomics to human nutrition, designed and continually updated by researchers in colleges and research centers of excellence.
Sample Elective Courses
Principles of Human Nutrition in Health and Disease
Gain a deeper understanding of the human body’s nutrient requirements and use of those nutrients, with a special focus on the selection of nutritional therapies for a wide variety of clinical disease states.
An introduction to the concepts and methodologies used to analyze large-scale biological data, the basic biological principles that underlie bioinformatic analyses, descriptions of contemporary problems in bioinformatics and approaches for addressing these issues, and experience with current genomic and other large-scale data sets and databases.
Introduction to Biotechnology
Immerse yourself in the techniques, applications, and societal issues that focus on genetic engineering, DNA technology, and cellular engineering.
Problem Solving with Genetic Tools
Solve problems in a computer-simulated laboratory by conducting genetic experiments in various genetic systems.
Evolution and Human Development
An examination of human psychological and behavioral development across the lifespan, with a focus on how the processes of evolution have influenced individual development.
Diet, Genes, and Disease
An introduction to the understanding of how food affects genes that are related to diseases such as cancer and obesity.
Metagenomics from Genes to Ecosystems
Explore the molecular methods of sequencing DNA directly from an environmental sample (metagenomics), and gain understanding of the questions that metagenomics can address, possible approaches for metagenomic sequencing and analysis, and how genes, pathways, and environmental context are translated into ecosystem-level knowledge.
Explore ethical issues that arise in relation to molecular biology, such as the use of stem cells, gene cloning, crop bioengineering, and more.