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Introduction to Metabolism and Nutrition

Program(s): Summer Online

*Taught Online*  The University of Chicago has long been a leader in research on human nutrition and metabolism. This course will introduce students to the scientific concepts that inform these efforts, and how to battle the disinformation so often circulating around diet and wellness. Students will examine essential nutrients and their biochemical function in terms of energy, tissue structure, and regulation. Then, they will explore the nature of nutritional dysregulation, and how it leads to metabolic or physiologic abnormalities such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Finally, students will apply their knowledge by evaluating some of the popular diets suggested for dealing with these abnormalities to determine how well they would restore normal physiology.

See sample syllabus here.

Remote or Residential

✓ Remote Course


Course Considerations

Honors or AP Chemistry is recommended, but not required.

Reading Intensive
Discussion Intensive

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade


Summer Online

Start Date

July 05

End Date

August 04

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Godfrey Getz

Academic Interest

Biological Sciences

Class Specifics

Course Code

BIOS 10015 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)


11:00 A.M.


Session II

Course Length

5 weeks