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FSHN 530 - Principles of Nutrition Science & Metabolism

  • 3 credits

Who might be interested in taking this course?

Nutrition is one of the most important predictors of health outcomes, chronic disease risk, and premature death. As such, having knowledge in nutrition science is critical for a wide variety of health professionals. FSHN 530 caters to health professionals—-physicians, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, health educators, health coaches, personal trainers, and many others in lifestyle medicine professions or health and wellness career paths. This course may also meet the needs of:

  • Students entering a graduate program or dietetic internship who need an upper-level nutrition course.
  • Undergraduates in nutrition (at CSU or elsewhere) who need an online upper-level human nutrition course. CSU students may take FSHN 530 in place of FSHN 350.
  • Graduate students outside of FSHN who are interested in nutrition and need an elective.
  • Extension professionals who are interested in taking an upper-level nutrition course.
  • Anyone with a college science background who is interested in learning more about human nutrition.
    • Students without a science background are encouraged to take FSHN 150 before taking FSHN 530.

Flexible and engaging learning experience

You'll be reading textbooks as well as research and articles from peer-reviewed sources and websites. You'll complete assessments, including tests, quizzes, and complete discussions and homework, just like you would for face-to-face courses. Class sizes are small, diverse groups of learners from different backgrounds. You will have regular interaction with your instructors, who are seasoned experts in the field with years of experience. They will lead discussions and provide guidance for learning and the completion of assignments. You have weekly reading assignments with regular opportunities to check your understanding through associated quizzes.

How Does Online Learning Work?



BMS 300 (Principles of Human Physiology) or CHEM 245 (Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry) or LIFE 102 (Attributes of Living Systems); FSHN 150 (Survey of Human Nutrition); Graduate standing.

Important Information

For assistance with registration overrides, please contact the instructor.




Textbooks and Materials

Section 801



  • Advanced Nutrition, 8th Ed.
    Gropper, Sareen S.
    ISBN: 9780357709320
    Use this book as a reference for more advanced concepts covered in lectures. This book is also available to you for free on CSU library eReserves.

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.

See Canvas modules for other readings and course materials.


James Peth
James Peth

James is an assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University. His academic background is exercise science, nutrition, physiology, biomedical sciences, and public health. His main interest is the role of nutrition in prevention of chronic diseases. His primary focus is developing and teaching courses in nutrition sciences.