This 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 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?

  • 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.
  • 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

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

The Minor in Nutritional Sciences provides students 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.

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.


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

Core coursework (15 credits):
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
NUTR 110Introduction to Food Principles & Preparation3
BMS 232
Introduction to Nutrition for Health Professionals OR
Introduction to Nutrition
NUTR 240Nutrition for Exercise and Wellness3
NUTR 245Life Cycle Nutrition3
KIN 241Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach3
Total Credits:15
Advanced coursework (select 6 credits from the following):
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
NUTR: 350Nutrition Education and Communication3
NUTR 355Modifying Nutrition and Eating Behavior2
NUTR 430Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism3
NUTR 435Nutrition and Disease I3
NUTR 550Sports Nutrition3
NUTR 555Public Health Nutrition and Food Politics3
NUTR 573Body Image: Health-Related Issues and Implications3
BMS 332Clinical Nutrition 2
KIN 574Obesity and Weight Management 3
Total Credits:6

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:

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
BIO SCI 150Foundations of Biological Sciences 4
BIO SCI 202Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIO SCI 203Anatomy & Physiology II4
CHEM 501
Survey of Biochemistry OR
Introduction to Biochemistry

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.