This science-intensive program will provide you the opportunity to study food and nutrients, their physiological functions, normal nutritional requirements, and the myriad of influences on food choice and eating behavior throughout the life cycle.

In addition to sharpening the scientific and technical knowledge and skills essential to nutritional sciences, you will develop critical thinking and professional communication skills through courses in nutrition education, nutrition and wellness, nutrition throughout the lifecycle and basic foods.

Students complete the Nutritional Sciences Minor 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?

  • 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.
  • Cooperative endeavors with UWM’s University Recreation, Athletics and academic programs enhance your experience.

A Nutritional Sciences Minor pairs well with the following majors

  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-physical therapy
  • Athletic training
  • Kinesiology
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Biological sciences
  • Communication sciences and disorders
  • Occupational studies
  • Education
  • Dance
  • Journalism, advertising, and media studies

What can you do with a Minor in Nutritional Sciences?

The Minor in Nutritional Sciences is a great fit for any students working in or studying a field that can have a relationship with food. It will enhance the credentials of students aspiring to work in:

  • The food services or processing industry
  • Nutrition and health
  • Social work
  • Nursing
  • Medical fields (general)
  • Education
  • Any career where food is made, distributed and appreciated

Upon completion of the Minor in Nutritional Sciences, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between food and nutrients in human health and well-being.
  2. Discuss the function, physiology, dietary sources, and symptoms and consequences of deficiency and toxicity for macro- and micronutrients.
  3. Apply nutrition principles to the human life cycle: nutrient functions, needs, sources and alterations during pregnancy, lactation, growth and development, maturation, and aging.
  4. Examine the multiple levels of influence (i.e., intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional/organizational, community, political, and cultural) that shape food choice and eating behavior.
  5. Apply scientific principles of basic food chemistry in examining food’s physical aspects and preparation.
  6. Develop wellness and disease prevention materials.
Coursework Requirements

The Minor in Nutritional Sciences involves the completion of 21 credits of nutrition-related coursework.

Curriculum

Core coursework (15 credits):

CourseCredits
Total Credits:15
NUTR 110: Introduction to Food Principles & Preparation
Prerequisites: None
3
NUTR 235: Introduction to Nutrition for Health Professionals
OR
BMS 232: Introduction to Nutrition
3
NUTR 240: Nutrition for Exercise and Wellness
Prerequisites: BMS 232 or NUTR 235 ("C" or better)
3
NUTR 245: Life Cycle Nutrition
Prerequisites: BMS 232 or NUTR 235 ("C" or better)
3
KIN 241: Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach
Prerequisites: None
3

Advanced coursework (select 6 credits from the following):

CourseCredits
Total Credits:6
NUTR 350: Nutrition Education and Communication
Prerequisites: COMMUN 103; NUTR 240 or 245
3
NUTR 355: Modifying Nutrition and Eating Behavior
Prerequisites: NUTR 245; PSYCH 101 or SOCIOL 101 or ANTHRO 102
2
NUTR 430: Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism
Prerequisites: Junior standing; NUTR 235 ("C" or better); BIO SCI 203; CHEM 501
3
NUTR 435: Nutrition and Disease I
Prerequisites: NUTR 430; CHEM 341
3
NUTR 550: Sports Nutrition
Prerequisites: Junior standing; NUTR 235 or BMS 232 or BIO SCI 203 ("C" or better)
3
NUTR 555: Public Health Nutrition and Food Politics
Prerequisites: Junior standing; NUTR 235 or BMS 232 or BIO SCI 203 ("C" or better)
3
NUTR 573: Body Image: Health-Related Issues and Implications3
BMS 332: Clinical Nutrition
Prerequisites: CHEM 103; BIO SCI 202 & 203, or BMS 232 OR HS 232
2
KIN 574: Obesity and Weight Management
Prerequisites: Junior standing; NUTR 235 or BMS 232 or BIO SCI 203 ("C" or better)
3

This list of courses may be modified by the Nutritional Sciences Program Committee as additional courses are developed.

Due to the prerequisites for some of the advanced nutrition courses, students may need to have completed the following scientific foundations courses:

CourseCredits
BIO SCI 150: Foundations of Biological Sciences
Prerequisites: CHEM 100 or 102
4
BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I
Prerequisites: None
4
BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II
Prerequisites: BIO SCI 202 or 315 ("C" or better)
4
CHEM 103: Survey of Biochemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 101 ("C" or better)
OR
CHEM 501: Introduction to Biochemistry
Prerequisites: Junior standing; CHEM 341 or 345 ("C" or better)
4
OR
3

Additional Criteria

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a “C” in core and advanced nutrition courses, as well as the scientific foundation courses.
  2. Verify that the overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 is achieved without repeating more than 3 of the courses considered Core, Advanced, or Scientific Foundations coursework. Students concurrently enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree Program successfully completing the program requirements will be awarded the Minor in Nutritional Sciences at the time of graduation.