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.
  • 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 Healty Urban Bodies, a wellness center on campus.
  • Cooperative endeavors with UWM’s University Recreation, Athletics and academic programs enhance your experience.

What can you do with a Minor in Nutritional Sciences?

The Minor in Nutritional Sciences is a great fit for anyone working in or studying a field that can have a relationship with food. It will enhance the credentials of anyone 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, you will be able to

  • Describe the relationship between food and nutrients in human health and well-being;
  • Discuss the function, physiology, dietary sources, and symptoms and consequences of deficiency and toxicity for macro- and micronutrients;
  • Apply nutrition principles to the human life cycle: nutrient functions, needs, sources, and alterations during pregnancy, lactation, growth and development, maturation, and aging;
  • Examine the multiple levels of influence (i.e., intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional/organizational, community, political, and cultural) that shape food choice and eating behavior;
  • Apply scientific principles of basic food chemistry in examining food’s physical aspects and preparation; and
  • Apply biological and biochemical principles to the understanding of the human digestion and metabolism of macro- and micronutrients.
Admission
Prior to Fall 2017
These admission requirements are for students beginning the program prior to Fall 2017.

In order to be admitted to the Minor in Nutritional Sciences, you must complete the online application.

Fall 2017 and after
These admission to major requirements are for students beginning the program on or after September 5, 2017.

In order to be admitted to the Minor in Nutritional Sciences, you must meet the following admission criteria:

  1. 2.5 Cumulative GPA;
  2. Minimum grade of ‘C’ in the following Core Nutrition courses (or in progress):
    • NUTR 110 :Intro to Food Principles & Preparation
    • NUTR 235: Intro to Nutrition for Health Professions OR
      BMS 232: Intro to Nutrition
    • NUTR 240: Nutrition for Exercise & Wellness
    • NUTR 241: Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach
  3. Completion of the online application.

When the criteria are met and the application accepted, the student will be admitted to the Nutritional Sciences Minor. Admission to the Minor is required to enroll in certain advanced Nutritional Sciences courses.

Curriculum
Prior to Fall 2017
This curriculum is for students beginning the program prior to Fall 2017.

Core Courses (15 credits)

CourseOffered*Credits
NUTR 110: Introduction to Food Principles & PreparationF/S3
NUTR 235: Introduction to Nutrition for Health Professionals OR
BMS 232: Introduction to Nutrition
F/S3
NUTR 240: Nutrition for Exercise and WellnessF/S3
NUTR 241 (previously KIN 241): Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological ApproachF/SU*
Based on adequate student enrollment
3
NUTR 245: Life Cycle NutritionS3

Advanced Courses (select 6 credits from the following)

CourseOffered*Credits
NUTR 355: Modifying Nutrition and Eating BehaviorS3
NUTR 430: Advanced Nutrition and MetabolismS(18)*
F (2018 & beyond)
4
NUTR 435: Nutrition and Disease IF(17)*
S (2019 & beyond)
3
NUTR 550: Sports NutritionS3
NUTR 555: Public Health Nutrition and Food PoliticsF3
KIN 573: Body Image: Health-Related Issues and ImplicationsS3
KIN 574: Obesity and Weight ManagementF3
BMS 332: Clinical NutritionF/S/SU2

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

*Class offerings are subject to change.


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

CourseCredits
BIO SCI 150: Foundations of Biological Sciences I4
BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II4
CHEM 103: Survey of Biochemistry OR
CHEM 501: Introduction to Biochemistry
4 OR
3

Fall 2017 and after
This curriculum is for students beginning the program on or after September 5, 2017.

Core Courses (15 credits)

CourseOffered*Credits
NUTR 110: Introduction to Food Principles & PreparationF/S3
NUTR 235: Introduction to Nutrition for Health Professionals OR
BMS 232: Introduction to Nutrition
F/S3
NUTR 240: Nutrition for Exercise and WellnessF/S3
NUTR 241 (previously KIN 241): Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological ApproachF/SU*
Based on adequate student enrollment
3
NUTR 245: Life Cycle NutritionS3

Advanced Courses (select 6 credits from the following)

CourseOffered*Credits
NUTR 210: Food ScienceF/S3
NUTR 350: Nutrition Communication and EducationF3
NUTR 355: Modifying Nutrition and Eating BehaviorS2
NUTR 430: Advanced Nutrition and MetabolismS(18)*
F (2018 & beyond)
3
NUTR 435: Nutrition and DiseaseF(17)*
S (2019 & beyond)
3
NUTR 550: Sports NutritionS3
NUTR 555: Public Health NutritionF3
NUTR/KIN 574: Obesity and Weight ManagementF3
BMS 332: Clinical NutritionF/S/SU2

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

*Class offerings are subject to change.


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

CourseCredits
BIO SCI 150: Foundations of Biological Sciences I4
BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology II4
CHEM 103: Survey of Biochemistry OR
CHEM 501: Introduction to Biochemistry
4 OR
3

Graduation
Prior to Fall 2017
These graduation requirements are for students beginning the program prior to Fall 2017.

Graduation with the Minor in Nutritional Sciences is dependent upon:

  1. Maintenance of a 2.75 cumulative GPA without repeating more than 3 of the courses considered Core, Advanced, or Scientific Foundations coursework;
  2. Completion of 21 credits of coursework with no grade lower than a “C” in core and advanced nutrition courses, as well as the scientific foundation courses.

Fall 2017 and after
These graduation requirements are for students beginning the program on or after September 5, 2017.

Graduation with the Minor in Nutritional Sciences is dependent upon:

  1. Maintenance of a 2.5 cumulative GPA;
  2. Completion of 21 credits of coursework with no grade lower than a “C”;
  3. Satisfaction of published prerequisites of all selected courses.