Course Detail

NuFS 144 Food Culture - Consuming Passions (Area V) (3 units)

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Gain an appreciation for current beliefs and debates about cultural food habits within the larger framework of how different cultures, historically and geographically, express themselves and responded to environmental changes.
  • Create awareness and to develop an appreciation and understanding for how cultural traditions have influenced culture and society.
  • Interpret food as symbols, examine the historical impact of events on different cultures, and develop an appreciation for food as a transmission of culture.
  • Systematically compare and contrast the beliefs, values, and stances of different cultures with particular attention to their attitudes toward food and the impact those beliefs have had on American culture.


Completion of core GE, upper division standing (56 units), and passage of the Writing Skills Test (WST).

For students beginning continuous enrollment after Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co registration in a 100W course is required for enrollment in all SJSU Studies Courses (Courses in Area R, S, and V). The 100W Writing Workshop fulfills the University SJSU Studies Requirement for Area Z. Courses to meet Area R, S, and V of SJSU Studies must be taken from three different departments or distinct academic units.

NuFS139 Hunger and Environmental Nutrition  (Area R) (3 units)

This course satisfies the Earth and Environment category (Area R) for Advanced General Education.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the physiological effects of malnutrition throughout the lifespan.
  • Describe basic biogeochemical and nutrient cycles that are the foundation of food production.
  • Describe the ecological approach to population research and the environment.
  • Describe the state of the world's environment and its relationship to population growth and food systems.
  • Describe scientific and technical advances that have increased the world food supply.
  • Describe political/social/cultural/gender factors that affect the incidence of malnutrition.
  • Describe scientific methodology and research design, plus their limitation, used by nutrition, population, and environmental and food scientists.
  • Apply a scientific approach to critically evaluate primary research articles and identify the limitations of scientific investigation in studies involving the environment, food systems, and/or the physiology of malnutrition.
  • Critically evaluate the credibility of current information on population, environment, food systems and malnutrition using the scientific thought process.
  • Apply and improve upon the basic skills of reading, writing, mathematics, speaking, critical thinking and scientific research learned in Core GE courses.


Satisfaction of Writing Skills Test (WST), Upper-division standing, Completion of Core GE (3 units), completion or co-registration in 100W Writing Workshop.