NSC Featured Courses

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Need more units for fall? Consider adding a UA Community and School Garden Workshop Course

Introducing NSC 497F

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1) Course aim: This course places UA students in Tucson community and school gardens that serve under-resourced populations. In addition to supporting the garden, you are expected to meet as a class weekly to discuss readings/films/news on urban agricultural issues in the US. There is no course fee.

2) Time commitment: You must register for a minimum of 3 units. For each unit of registration you are expected to commit 3 hours per week of time to your garden site. You may take up to 6 units each semester. Do the math in order to determine how much time, realistically, you can commit to this course.

3) Location of gardens: Most of the gardens are fairly close to the university. Many students ride bikes to the gardens for their internship hours. You will be matched with a site that best suits your skills and interests, as well as your and the sites’ schedules and location.

Please go online to register or feel free to contact: Sallie Marston (marston@email.arizona.edu) or Joseph Patton (josephpatton@email.arizona.edu) if you have questions.

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PLS 195B - GMOs & Organics

This course is designed to help you develop a deeper understanding of conventionally- and organically-grown foods and how GMOs fit in. There is a common misperception that nearly every fruit and vegetable is a GMO. There is also the perception that organics are grown without the use of pesticides and that they are always safe. I will explain how GMOs, organic- and conventionally-grown foods are made, what has been done to show that they are safe and what the future looks like for GMOs and organic foods. We will explore who benefits from the increased use of GMOs and organics and who suffers.



NSC 255 - Food & Culture


NSC 351R - Food Science and Food Safety


NSC 170C1- Nutrition, Food and You
NSC 301- Nutrition and the Life Cycle
NSC 376 - Bioactive Compounds and Food Additives

NSC 376 - Bioactive Compounds and Food Additives

Does cinnamon influence blood sugar? Does black pepper affect fat cell production? Do artificial food dyes cause hyperactive behavior? Can broccoli help prevent cancer?

These examples represent compounds that are frequently consumed, yet rarely discussed.

Bioactive food compounds (BAFC) are components in food that have biological activity in the body, yet have no disease associated with their absence. Food additives are usually meant to affect a food quality, but by proxy can also have biological effects on the body. These topics are covered in detail so that students are not limited to the basic 6 nutrients.

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