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To apply to this program, either complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Application or download a paper application, fill it out, then return it to:

UW-Milwaukee Admissions Office
P.O. Box 2174
Milwaukee, WI 53201-2174

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Torry Rufer, MS
Recruitment Coordinator
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Susan Kundrat, MS, RD, CSSD
Program Director
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See Also: Minor in Nutritional Sciences

This four-year, science-intensive program will help you better understand the relationships among food, nutrients, eating behavior, wellness and human health. In addition to sharpening the scientific and technical knowledge and skills essential to nutritional sciences, you’ll develop critical thinking and professional communication skills through courses in public speaking, nutrition education, wellness training, program development, and business and professional writing. You’ll graduate with a sound base in nutrition education, health promotion and disease prevention, whether you join the work force or continue on to graduate school.

Why choose us?

  • UWM’s College of Health Sciences is widely known for its excellent teaching and student learning environment, innovative research programs, community engagement and service to various health care professions.
  • Our Nutritional Sciences Program combines a well-rounded curriculum in nutrition with many opportunities for experiential learning in the Milwaukee community.
  • Our partnership with Sendik’s Food Markets — in which our faculty and students provide nutritional analysis of certain products — affords unique opportunities and program support.
  • You’ll benefit from small class sizes and personal attention from our dedicated faculty.
  • You will gain hands-on experience developing and teaching food demos, nutrition classes, and nutrition programs to community, staff, and students in the HUB wellness center on campus.
  • You will have a wide range of opportunities to gain valuable experience in the Milwaukee community (Feeding America, Silver Springs Neighborhood Center, YMCA, and others).
  • Cooperative endeavors with UWM’s University Recreation, Athletics and academic programs enhance your experience.

The program will not grant students the professional credential of “Registered Dietitian” or “Dietitian.”

Admission to UWM

Admission to UWM

New College Students

On your application for admission to UW-Milwaukee, select “Nutritional Sciences” as your intended area of study. You will be classified as “Nutritional Sciences-Intended” upon admission to the University.

After you have completed the prerequisite courses during your first two years of study, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the major and professional core courses.

Transfer Students

Application Procecure

Application Procedure
Submit a UW System application form and all appropriate transcripts to UWM Office of Admissions. Students who meet UWM standard admission requirements will be admitted directly into the College of Health Sciences as “pre-major.”

Requirements for Admission to Nutritional Sciences Professional Major
  • Completion of 56 credits within Foundation and Nutrition Core coursework
  • Attainment of a minimum 2.75 UWM and Nutrition Core GPA with three or less repeats of any Core or Foundation requirements for the application to major
  • Grade of “C” or better in all Foundation and Core requirements

Transfer from UW Colleges

Transfer from UW Colleges
Foundation Course Requirements for Entrance into the Nutritional Sciences Major in the UW-Colleges Curriculum (And Transfer Equivalencies)
  • English Competency: ENG 102 with a grade of C or sufficient English Placement Score
  • Math Competency: MATH 110 with a grade of C or sufficient Math Placement Score
  • ANT 100 or PSY 201 or SOC 101 – ANTHRO 102 or PSYCH 101 or SOCIOL 101 Introduction to Anthropology or Psychology or Sociology (choose one)
  • BIO 171 – BIO SCI 150 Foundations of Biological Sciences
  • CHE 145 & CHE 155 – CHEM 102 & 104 General Chemistry
  • MAT 117 – MATH STATS 215 Elementary Statistics
  • PHS 202 & PHS 203 – BIOL SCI 202 & 203 Anatomy and Physiology I & II
Courses Required for Admission NOT in the UW Colleges Curriculum
  • KIN 241: Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach
  • NUTR 101: Introduction to the Nutrition Profession
  • NUTR 110: Introduction to Food Principles and Preparation
  • NUTR 210: Food Science
  • NUTR 235: Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions
  • NUTR 240: Nutrition for Exercise and Wellness
  • NUTR 245: Life Cycle Nutrition
Program, Major, School Courses in UW Colleges’ Curriculum NOT Required for Admission
  • BIO 251 – BIO SCI 101 General Survey of Microbiology
  • CHE 343 – CHEM 343 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • CHE 352 – CHEM 344 Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab
  • CHE 362 – CHEM 345 Organic Chemistry II
  • COM 103 – COMM 103 Public Speaking
Balance of General Education Requirements Not Met by Above Courses
  • Humanities – 3 credits
  • Fine Arts – 3 credits
  • Foreign Language Requirement – One year college level foreign language OR two years in high school

For an approved list of GER courses and an explanation of the Foreign Language requirement, refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes or go to

If you are interested in obtaining a degree in Nutritional Sciences from UW-Milwaukee, the following guideline of classes will help you plan your work. The UWM equivalent is indicated in [ ].

Semester I
  • PHS 202 [BIOL SCI 202]
  • CHE 145 [CHEM 102]
  • ENG 101 [ENG 101]
  • MATH 110 [MATH 105]
  • COM 103 [COMM 103]
Semester II
  • PHS 203 [BIOL SCI 203]
  • CHE 155 [CHEM 104]
  • ENG 102 [ENG 102]
  • Humanities
  • ANT 100 or PSY 201 or SOC 101 [ANTHRO/PSYCH/SOC 101]
Semester III
  • CHE 343 [CHEM 343]
  • BIO 171 [BIO 150]
  • ENG 210 [ENG 205]
  • MAT 117 [MTH ST 215]
Semester IV
  • CHE 352 [CHEM 344]
  • CHE 362 [CHEM 345]
  • BIO 251 [BIO SCI 101]
  • Arts

NOTE: Due to lack of Nutritional Science coursework, students completing two full years at UW-Colleges would risk graduating in four years.

Special Notes

Special Notes

Please note that there are 13 UW Colleges and not all of the UW Colleges offer all of the courses listed. Be sure to work with an academic advisor at the UW College. You can be guaranteed admission to UW-Milwaukee by participating in the UW Colleges Guaranteed Transfer Program. After fulfilling certain credit and grade point average requirements, you will transfer with the same rights and privileges as those who begin their education at UWM. Please contact an advisor at your UWC for more information. For more detailed information on transferring to UWM, please view the UWM Transfer Student webpage.


Bill Mueller
Academic Advisor
(414) 229-2758

Admission to Major

Admission to Major

To pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutritional Sciences, you need to apply to the Nutritional Sciences Program. The application process begins during the semester prior to the final 2 years of the curriculum, while completing the final nutrition “core” courses and the majority of the general education requirements.

During your first 2 years of coursework, you will carry a classification of “Nutrition-Intended” and spend much of that time satisfying prerequisites, including foundation or “core” curriculum and general education requirements.

A set of 7 nutrition courses (19 credits) serve as the core curriculum for the Nutritional Sciences degree. These courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills in the natural and social sciences that are essential underpinnings to nutrition science.

In addition, you will develop critical thinking and professional communication skills through course work in public speaking, statistics, business and professional writing, and courses which delve into relevant research literature.

To be eligible to apply for and progress into the professional years of study, you will be required to meet all of the following program requirements prior to admission to the major:

  1. Overall cumulative UWM GPA of 2.75
  2. Completion of the majority of UWM’s General Education Requirements (GERs) before the fall semester of the professional years
  3. Demonstration of English and math proficiency (in accordance with established University standards)
  4. Verification that the following “Foundation” courses, or their equivalent, will be completed by the end of the semester before their professional years, with no grade lower than a “C”:
    • Bio Sci 150: Foundations of Biological Sciences 1
    • Bio Sci 202: Anatomy & Physiology 1
    • Bio Sci 203: Anatomy & Physiology II
    • Chem 102: General Chemistry
    • Chem 104: General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
    • Psych 101: Introduction to Psychology or
      Sociol 101: Introduction to Sociology or
      Anthro 102: Introduction to Anthropology
    • KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions
  5. Verification that the following “Core” nutrition courses will be completed by the end of the semester before the professional years with a 2.75 GPA and no grade lower than a “C”:
    • NUTR 101: Introduction to the Nutrition Profession
    • NUTR 110: Introduction to Food Principles & Preparation
    • NUTR 210: Food Science
    • NUTR 235: Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions
    • NUTR 240: Nutrition for Exercise and Wellness
    • NUTR 245: Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle
    • KIN 241: Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach
  6. Verification that the overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 is achieved without repeating more than 3 of the courses no more than once each listed under the eligibility requirements 4 and 5.
  7. Completed application for admission to the Nutritional Sciences program submitted to the Department of Kinesiology. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at the end of each semester.

Application Submission

Click here for the application for admission to the major. Partner with your academic advisor every semester to identify the best time for you to apply. The admission dates are listed below:

  • Applications for spring admission:
    September 15 – November 1
  • Application for summer/fall admission:
    February 15 – April 1

Paper or late applications will not be accepted.

Meet With Your Advisor

Meet With Your Advisor

To schedule an advising appointment, call (414) 229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.

I’m a new student.  How do I start?

You are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to UWM. New Student Orientation (NSO) helps those who are new to campus to learn and understand the enrollment process and enroll in classes for their first semester at UWM!

Who is my advisor?

Bill Mueller, MS
(414) 229-2758 •
Schedule an advising appointment now!

You can also see the name of your advisor and contact them directly by accessing your student center in PAWS.

When should I meet with my advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

Students are also welcome to schedule an appointment with their advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities, or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

CHS boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family, and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation



Freshman Year


Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:16
*KIN 241Why We Eat What We Eat3
*CHEM 102General Chemistry5
*BIO SCI 150Foundations of Biological Sciences4
COMMUN 103Public Speaking (HU)3
NUTR 101Introduction to the Nutrition Profession1


Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:14
*NUTR 110Intro to Food Principles & Preparation 3
*CHEM 104General Chemistry5
Introduction to Psychology OR
Introduction to Sociology OR
Introduction to Anthropology
ANTHRO 150Multicultural America or GER Social
Science (SS)

Sophomore Year


Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:16
*BIO SCI 202Anatomy & Physiology I4
*NUTR 235Introduction to Nutrition for the Health
*KIN 270Statistics in Health Professions (QLB) 3
CHEM 341Introduction to Organic Chemistry 3
Elective: (Arts)3


Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:17
*BIO SCI 203Anatomy & Physiology II4
*NUTR 240Nutrition and Exercise for Wellness 3
*NUTR 245Life Cycle Nutrition3
BIO SCI 101General Survey of Microbiology 4
*NUTR 210Food Science3

Junior Year


Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:14
**NUTR 350Nutrition Communication and Education3
CHEM 501Introduction to Biochemistry 3
**NUTR 355Modifying Nutrition and Eating Behavior2
Elective: (HU) 3
Correlate 3


Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:15
ENG 205 OR
ENG 207
Business Writing OR
Health Science Writing (OWCB)
BMS/KIN 245Client Diversity in the Health Sciences
**NUTR 430Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism 3

Senior Year


Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:15
KIN 400Ethics/Values – Health/Fit Professional 3
**NUTR 435Nutrition and Disease I3
Elective 3


Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Total Credits:16
**NUTR 470Nutrition Internship/Project4
BUS ADM 292Intro to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Formation 3
Correlate (300 level and above) 3
Correlate (300 level and above) 3

(123 credits minimum)

NOTE: To be eligible to graduate, students must achieve a minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 2.5 as well as a minimum core GPA of 2.75 and a C or better in all CORE NUTR (*) courses and ADVANCED NUTRITION CORE (**) courses.

NOTE: Students using this degree to pursue post-baccalaureate study in advanced health occupations, including medicine will be advised to enroll in courses commonly required for most programs including Mathematics (Calculus), and Physics. These courses will count as program correlates. Students will also be advised to substitute a 2 semester sequence of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 343, 344, 345) in place of
CHEM 341.

Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences Correlates List

(18 credits of Correlates must be completed for graduation; 6 credits of Correlates must be at the 300 level or above)

Course Number Course NameCredits
ANTHRO 156Food and Culture3
BIO SCI 152 Foundations of Biological Sciences II 4
BIO SCI 310General Ecology
BIO SCI 315 Cell Biology3
BIO SCI 325 Genetics3
BMS 260Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine
BMS 301-305Human Pathophysiology1 to 5
BUS ADM 100 Introduction to Business
CHEM 221 Elementary Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 342Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 343Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 344Organic Chemistry Lab2
COMMUN 105Business and Professional Communication3
COMMUN 350Intercultural Communication3
COMMUN 381Health Communication 3
COUNS 600 Introduction to Community Counseling 3
ED POL 112 Introduction to Community Education3
ED POL 113The Milwaukee Community 3
ED POL 114Community Problems 3
HCA 203 Human Life Cycle3
HCA 307 Epidemiology for the Health Sciences3
HS 101 Introduction to Health & Disease 2
HS 102Health Care Delivery in the United States
HS 222Language of Medicine 3
INFOST 210Information Resources for Research3
ITALIAN 456Topics in Italian Food Studies
JAMS 101 Introduction to Mass Media3
JAMS 201 Media Writing3
JAMS 204News Writing and Technology*3
JAMS 207Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations*3
JAMS 231Publication Design3
JAMS 306 Feature and Magazine Article Writing*3
JAMS 307Advertising and Public Relations Writing and Production*
KIN 200Introduction to Kinesiology3
KIN 330 Exercise Physiology
KIN 336Principles of Strength and Conditioning
KIN 350 Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise 3
KIN 351 Sociological Aspects of Health and Human Movement 3
KIN 573Body Image: Influences & Health Related Implication
KIN 574Obesity and Weight Management3
MATH 116College Algebra3
MATH 117Trigonometry2
MATH 211 Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry4
MATH 231Calculus and Analytic Geometry4
NUTR 550Sports Nutrition3
NUTR 555Public Health Nutrition and Food Politics
PHYSICS 120 General Physics I
PHYSICS 121General Physics Laboratory I
PHYSICS 122 General Physics II
PHYSICS 123General Physics Laboratory II1
SOC WRK 250 Human Behavior and the Social Environment3
SOCIOL 233 Social Inequality in the US 3
SOCIOL 331 Sociology of the Body 3
URB STD 250Exploring the Urban Environment

*Requires minor in JAMS

Divide out: *Pre-Med Sciences Courses *NCOMM, WELL/WTMGMT, and SN Tracks

Get Involved

Get Involved

Nutritional Sciences Club


Susan Kundrat, Faculty Advisor
Clinical Assistant Professor
Nutritional Sciences Program Director
(414) 229-5597

UWM Office of Undergraduate Research

The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research is a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate.

Volunteer Service

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UW-Milwaukee campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at



You will be required to complete a minimum of 34 credits in the major, including 19 in the “core” nutrition curriculum and 15 in the “advanced core” curriculum, in order to complete a minimum total of 123 credits. In addition, you will have the opportunity to focus your learning in specific emphasis areas of nutrition by obtaining 18 “correlate” credits.

Emphasis areas include:

  • Nutrition communications
  • Wellness and weight management
  • Sports nutrition

Criteria required for retention in the professional years of study and for graduation

  1. Maintenance of a 2.5 cumulative UWM GPA.
  2. Completion of the following “Advanced Core” courses with an average 2.75 GPA and no grade lower than a “C”. You may repeat only one of the Advanced Core courses one time. If the required GPA is not met after exhausting all repeats, you will be dismissed from the program.
    • NUTR 350: Nutrition Communication and Education (Oral and Written Competency Part B)
    • NUTR 355: Modifying Nutrition and Eating Behavior
    • NUTR 430: Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism
    • NUTR 435: Nutrition and Disease I
    • NUTR 470: Nutrition Internship/Project
  3. Completion of all required courses, correlates, and elective credits (123 minimum degree credits).
  4. Each semester after final grades are posted, if the minimum UWM cumulative GPA of 2.5 and the minimum Advanced Core GPA of 2.75 are not met, you will be placed on probation for one semester. After that one semester, if the UWM cumulative GPA of 2.5 and the Advanced Core GPA of 2.75 are not met, you will be dismissed from the program.
  5. Completion of the Quantitative Literacy Part B requirement with KIN 270.

Additional coursework required for the major

  • Commun 103: Public Speaking (HU)
  • Anthro 150: Multicultural America or GER Social Science (SS)
  • Chem 341: Organic Chemistry
  • Bio Sci 101: General Survey of Microbiology
  • Chem 501: Introduction to Biochemistry
  • KIN 400: Ethics and Values in the Health and Fitness Professions
  • English 205: Business Writing or English 207 Health Science Writing
  • BMS/KIN 245: Client Diversity in the Health Sciences (SS&)
  • Bus Adm 292: Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Formation
  • Elective (Arts-3 credits)
  • Elective (HU-3 credits)
  • Electives (9 credits)
  • Correlate courses (18 credits from a list of correlates including 6 credits at the 300 level or above supporting the student’s chosen emphasis area of nutrition)

Use UWM’s Graduation website to review campus-wide graduation requirements, graduation application deadlines, applying for graduation, and ordering your cap and gown.

Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook

Depending on the specific coursework completed, students with a degree in Nutritional Sciences could be employed in various career outlets, including:

  • General nutrition education programming and implementation.
  • Health promotion and/or nutrition program planning.
  • Health inspection for a regulatory body or government agency.
  • Quality control for food processing plants.
  • Nutrition for women, infants, and children (WIC).
  • Research assistance for nutrition studies in hospitals or universities.
  • Food services menu planning, purchasing and budgeting.
  • Weight loss programming.
  • Marketing and sales for food industries.
  • Food and nutrition writing (print or electronic media) for health newsletters and/or magazines, food production and promotional companies, and newspapers.
  • Food planning in camps, schools, private company cafeterias, community agencies, sports teams, and hotels.
  • Restaurant menu consultation.
  • Involvement in the Peace Corps.
  • Pharmaceutical research.
  • Catering.

According to the national occupational outlook handbook, employment opportunities are expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job growth will result from an increasing emphasis on disease prevention through improved dietary habits. A growing and aging population will boost demand for nutrition-related programming and expertise in hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, prisons, community health programs, and home healthcare agencies. Public interest in food and nutrition, and increased emphasis on health education, also will spur demand for professionals in this field.

Please know that a degree in the Nutritional Sciences does not qualify students for the credential of a “Registered Dietitian”.

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations