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Culinary geology: Explore food's journey from Earth to plate deliciously.


One of the major divisions between humanity and most other organisms is the ability to prepare and cook food so as to extract more nutrition per unit mass.  The co-evolution of the plants and animals humans use for food might possibly comprise one of our greatest geologic legacies.  In this course we explore the parallels between food and geology, through lessons, horticulture, and preparing a new age – appropriate recipe each day.  We emphasize food safety and proper nutrition, while encouraging the exploration of new flavors and new cultures, that is as informative as it is delicious.

What You Will Learn


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the natural origins of common food items.
  • Safely prepare and cook numerous healthy age - appropriate dishes.
  • Describe the origin and fate of common food-based nutrients from the weathering of rocks to fossils.
  • Explore historic cultural origins of local foods in San Diego
  • Grow and harvest simple culinary ingredients.

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Note: Upon successful enrollment of a section, students will receive a confirmation email from our Student Services team. This email will include a link to an authorization form that is required to be completed within 72-hours of enrollment. 

Course Number: SCI-90067
Credit: 1.50 unit(s)

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