UConn Pre-College Summer

Students working in a lab with a professor

The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers two Pre-College Summer Course in Summer 2022.


Food Science and Technology

Explore the field of food science

You make decisions over numerous food products every single day. Knowing the science and technology behind food products helps you make healthy food choices. The field of food science and technology includes food microbiology and safety, food quality assurance, food engineering and technology, food chemistry, product and formulation development, food packaging, sensory evaluation, food marketing, and food regulations.

In this 1-week introductory course, students will learn:

    • basic terminologies and concepts of food production
    • modern technologies used in the food industry
    • physical and chemical changes in food products during storage
    • key practices to assure the quality, safety, and palatability of raw and cooked foods
    • general facts and relevant food regulations that consumers should be aware of
    • career opportunities in the field of food and nutrition

This course is composed of in-class lectures and hands-on laboratory experiments to help students turn their knowledge of the principles of food science into practices as a food scientist.

Faculty: Yangchao Luo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut


Human Nutrition and Health

The field of nutritional science explores the interactions between living organisms and food. Exploring nutritional science concepts is applicable to everyday life and a variety of professions that includes medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, dietetics, education, policy, and the food, retail, and restaurant industry. Taking this course will give you an advantage about how what we eat or drink impacts the functioning of the human body and a person’s health.

This course will introduce you to the field of nutritional science and health. Students will have interactive in-class lectures with videos. In addition, students will use critical thinking skills to complete case studies and hands-on activities individually and small groups to further their understanding about dietary behaviors, nutrients in foods and the human body, and linking nutrient intake to overall health. In addition, students will learn about educational pathways and experiences leading to careers in healthcare, nutrition, and the food industry.

Faculty: Molika Chea, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut