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Instructors have provided the following information to generally describe what to expect in their classes.


Class Format

All lectures, quizzes, exams and assignments are accessed and  completed online. Class may contain online group discussions and links to current topics. Student may need to submit projects and papers to course online. The student should have a good understanding of computer hardware and software applications and the internet.

Courses are accessed through JCCC's Learning Management System (LMS) with links to the required textbook readings and learning activities.

Resource Use

BIOL 235 - General Nutrition

  • Textbook: Understanding Nutrition, 15th Edition, Author - Eleanor Noss Whitney; Sharon Rady Rolfes - eBook Textbook/MindTap PKG-Cengage
  • Simple Calculator: limited use
  • Optional: The optional loose-leaf print textbook may be purchased separately.

BIOL 110 - Nutrition for Life

  • Textbook: Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies , 15th Edition, Frances Sizer; Ellie Whitney, PhD - Textbook/MindTap-Cengage: MINDTAP PKG
  • Simple Calculator: limited use


  • Quizzes: There are 15-20 online graded learning quizzes during the semester. There is an option to retake quizzes to improve your score. and knowledge of the subject.
  • Exams: There are three to five timed online exams totaling approximately 50% of grade.
  • Homework: Each chapter has required and graded activities. There is a vast resource of online optional learning activities, flash cards, videos, and discussions to increase your awareness and understanding of nutrition.
  • Projects: Diet and Wellness projects or paper comprise 20% of grade. These hands-on assignments allow students to actively practice their skills evaluating their own nutrition habits
  • Extra Credit: Current events and topics evaluated for credit.

Homework Policy

Assignments and quizzes will be due at specific times during the course of the semester. In some cases assignments must be completed before additional material will open and be available. It is the student’s responsibility to get any information and take exams on time. Exams are only made up in extreme circumstances at the discretion of the instructor.

Attendance Policy

You are expected to participate every week. Assignments are due on due date or earlier.

Attendance/participation: 5% of grade (two excused absences)


I am available by appointment by email request. If we need to, we can schedule a time to talk by phone or videoconferencing.

Additional Information

I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and introducing you to my passion, nutrition and lifestyle wellness. Nutrition is a changing and often controversial subject that impacts events in today’s news, global health, environment and business concerns. I encourage you to become more focused in the hands-on application of your nutrition and choices for your personal health and its impact on others.

I came back to teaching at the college level in 2007. My hope is to give back to you some knowledge and experiences that I have discovered during my career in nutrition and private practice.

When I’m not teaching students, I help others through my private nutrition practice and environmental groups. My favorite pastimes are swimming, beach walks, yoga, photography, traveling and constantly learning new things.