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Interested in the wonderful world of nutrition and dietetics? Then you have come to the right place!

It may seem rather simplistic at first glance – eat a little more of this, a little less of that – but an education in nutrition is far more complex and multifaceted than first meets the eye (& stomach!).

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Nutritional Sciences is…

a science that investigates the body’s metabolic and physiological responses to food and explores the role of food and nutrients in the development, treatment, and prevention of disease. It also grapples with understanding and leveraging the web of factors that shape how, when, and what we eat. 

In other words, future nutrition professionals go far beyond pushing fruits and vegetables (although that is certainly important, so be sure to eat them if you can!). Their understanding of the interrelationships between diet, health, and disease allows them to counsel others about culturally relevant approaches to food selection, food preparation, and beneficial eating habits. They are also equipped to work with organizations and communities to make our environments more food secure and conducive to health and well-being.

Ultimately, a career in nutrition will allow you to serve as a credible expert who is able to use scientific evidence about food, nutrition, and eating behavior to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

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  • The Nutritional Sciences Program is a 120-credit interdisciplinary undergraduate major administered jointly by the Biomedical Sciences and Kinesiology Departments in the College of Health Sciences.
  • The Nutritional Sciences Program is designed to provide a strong foundation in biological, physical, and social sciences, in order to understand the relationships among food, nutrients, eating behavior, and human health.
  • You’ll benefit from smaller class sizes, personal attention from our dedicated faculty, and hands-on experiences including service-learning and “real world” supervised learning opportunities throughout the curriculum.
  • An undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences is ideal preparation for many ACEND-accredited graduate-level dietetics programs. Most of the prerequisite courses required for admission to such programs are built directly into the degree. Learn more about Pre-Dietetics at UWM.

Important Information

The B.S. in Nutritional Sciences is not an ACEND-accredited didactic program in dietetics and will not will not grant you the professional credential of “Registered Dietitian” or “Dietitian.”

Effective January 1, 2024, a minimum of a master’s degree will be required in order to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). UWM’s BS Nutritional Sciences degree can prepare you to apply for UWM’s proposed Master of Public Health – Nutrition and Dietetics track degree program.

Future Education Model Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has applied to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to open a new and innovative program to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Fall 2023.

Our eligibility application was accepted by ACEND* and we are in the candidacy process for our proposed Future Education Model Graduate program: Master of Public Health – Nutrition and Dietetics track. The program is not accepting applications at this time but will do so upon successful completion of the eligibility application process if the program receives candidacy for accreditation status from ACEND.

Contact Lori Klos, lklos@uwm.edu, 414-251-8220 for more information.

Learn more about customizing the Nutritional Sciences undergraduate degree to prepare for graduate-level programs in dietetics: Pre-Dietetics at UWM.

Employment Outlook

BS in Nutritional Sciences graduates can be employed by a wide-variety of organizations: 

  • Community nutrition programs (Women, Infants, & Children – better known as WIC, nutrition education programs)
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Fitness/wellness companies
  • Major research centers
  • Biotechnology, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries

Specialized skills or training such as service learning with local, national, or international community organizations, research experience, bilingual proficiency, or journalism courses and experience, make students more competitive for other specialized jobs, including: 

  • Food security advocacy groups (food banks, anti-poverty organizations)
  • Health advocacy organizations (preventing osteoporosis, cancer, or heart disease)
  • Groups/agencies working to increase food security (farmers’ market organizers, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [formerly called food stamps] as educators or administrators).

Graduates with a BS in Nutritional Sciences can further their education through: 

  • Graduate programs (e.g. MS, MPH, PhD), with some combining it with an accredited program in dietetics.
  • Medical school
  • Dental school
  • Schools of osteopathy, pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, physical therapy, and physician assistant programs.

According to the 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, will also spur demand for professionals in this field.

Successful Alumni

The College of Health Sciences has over 10,000 alumni. These alumni have taken their health sciences degrees and have excelled in their careers.

Visit our Alumni page and be inspired by where a health sciences degree can take you.

Declaring Your Intent

If you are currently a UWM student and wish to change your major to “Nutritional Sciences-Intended,” you must meet with an academic advisor to do so. Your Nutritional Sciences advisor will guide you through the declaration process and application to the major. If you are interested in becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), please be sure to inform your advisor that you would like to consider incorporating pre-dietetics as part of your program of study.

Admission Eligibility

If you are interested in the nutrition degree path, you should declare Nutritional Sciences as your intended major as early as possible. This ensures timely progress to full admission for the major and graduation. You are considered “Nutritional Sciences-Intended” until you submit an application and are officially admitted to the major.

To be eligible for admission to the major, you must:

  1. 2.5 cumulative GPA
  2. Minimum grade of “C” in the following Foundations courses (or in progress):
    • BIO SCI 150: Foundations of Biological Sciences I
    • BIO SCI 202: Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIO SCI 203: Anatomy and Physiology II
    • CHEM 101: Chemical Science; OR CHEM 102: General Chemistry AND CHEM 104: General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
    • COMMUN 103: Public Speaking OR COMMUN 105: Business & Professional Communication
    • PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology OR SOCIOL 101: Introduction to Sociology OR ANTHRO 102: Introduction to Anthropology
    • KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory & Practice
  3. Minimum grade of “C” in the following Core Nutritional Sciences courses (or in progress):
    • NUTR 101: Introduction to the Nutrition Profession
    • NUTR 110: Introduction to Food Principles & Preparation
    • NUTR 235: Introduction to Nutrition for Health Professions
    • NUTR 240: Nutrition for Exercise & Wellness
    • NUTR 241: Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach
  4. Not have exceeded the maximum number of course repeats for Foundations (maximum of 4 Foundations courses may be repeated once) and Nutritional Sciences classes (maximum of 3 Core and Advanced Core courses may be repeated once) allowed in the entirety of your nutrition degree program;
  5. Completion of UWM’s General Education Requirements ; and
  6. Completion of the application for admission to the Nutritional Sciences Major

When the criteria are met and application accepted, you will be admitted to the nutrition degree program.

Application Submission

The application to the major is available during the months of September and February. Applications are due October 1st for spring admission and March 1st for summer/fall admission. The application may be submitted while some required courses are in progress as long as they will be completed prior to the effective admission term. Be sure to meet with your Academic Advisor every semester to identify the best time for you to apply.

Applicants are notified of their admission status via email from the Program Director within 4 weeks of the application deadline.

The curriculum below is for students beginning the nutrition degree program on or after September 5, 2017. Download curriculum for prior to Fall 2017 (PDF)

Consult the course catalog for information about the prerequisites required for each course. An undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences is ideal preparation for many ACEND-accredited graduate-level dietetics programs. Most of the prerequisite courses required for admission to such programs are built directly into the degree. Learn more about customizing the B.S. Nutritional Sciences curriculum with pre-dietetics coursework.

General Education Requirements (GERs)

Other GERs are satisfied through specific degree requirements but consult with your advisor to verify all GERs are met.

Learn more about UWM’s General Education Requirements.

CourseGERCredits
English: Must earn “C” or better in English102
Prerequisite: placement test
OWCA3
Math: Must earn “C” or better in Math 105/108
Prerequisite: placement test
QLA3
Foreign Language
Satisfied with 2 years of a single language in high school
FL0
Arts
Select course from the approved list
A3
Humanities
Select course from the approved list
HU3
Total Credits:12

Foundations Courses

A maximum of four Foundations Courses may be repeated once.

*Grade of “C” or better is required.

CourseGERCredits
BIO SCI 101: General Survey of Microbiology NS+ 4
*BIO SCI 150: Foundations of Biological Sciences INS+4
*BIO SCI 202: Anatomy & Physiology I4
*BIO SCI 203: Anatomy & Physiology IINS+4
*CHEM 101: Chemical Science OR
*CHEM 102: General Chemistry and *CHEM 104: General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
NS+ (CHEM 101, 102, 104)5
CHEM 103: Survey of Biochemistry
For students pursuing a chemistry sequence culminating in CHEM 103
NS+5
CHEM 341: Introductory Survey of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 342: Organic Chemistry Lab optional, 2 credits) OR
CHEM 343: Organic Chemistry, CHEM 344: Organic Chemistry Lab, CHEM 345: Organic Chemistry
For students pursuing a chemistry sequence culminating in CHEM 501
11-13
CHEM 501: Introduction to Biochemistry
For students pursuing a chemistry sequence culminating in CHEM 501
3
*COMMUN 103: Public Speaking OR
*COMMUN 105: Business & Professional Communication
HU (COMMUN 103 only), SS (COMMUN 105 only)3
ENGLISH 205: Business Writing OR
ENGLISH 207: Health Science Writing
OWCB3
*PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology OR
*SOCIOL 101: Introduction to Sociology OR
*ANTHRO 102: Introduction to Anthropology
SS3
BMS/KIN 245: Client Diversity in Health SciencesCD, SS3
*KIN 270: Statistics in the Health ProfessionsQLB3
KIN 400: Ethics and Values in the Health and Fitness Professions3

Core Nutrition Courses

A maximum of three Core and Advanced Core courses may be repeated once.

  • Grade of “C” or better required in each course.
  • 2.75 minimum GPA required in these classes.
CourseOfferedCredits
NUTR 101: Introduction to the Nutrition ProfessionF1
NUTR 110: Introduction to Food Principles & PreparationF/S3
NUTR 235: Introduction to Nutrition for the Health ProfessionsF/S3
NUTR 240: Nutrition for Exercise & WellnessF/S3
NUTR 241: Why We Eat What We Eat: An ecological ApproachF/Su (pending adequate student enrollment)3

Advanced Nutrition Core Courses

A maximum of three Core and Advanced Core courses may be repeated once.

  • Grade of “C” or better required in each course.
  • 2.75 minimum GPA required in these classes.
CourseOfferedCredits
NUTR 210: Food ScienceF/S3
NUTR 245: Life Cycle NutritionS3
NUTR 350: Nutrition Communication & EducationF3
NUTR 355: Modifying Nutrition & Eating BehaviorS2
NUTR 430: Advanced Nutrition & MetabolismF3
NUTR 435: Nutrition & DiseaseS3
NUTR 470: Nutrition InternshipF/S4
NUTR 500+ level courseF/S3
Total Credits:24

Background Check

If you have been asked to have a background check done in preparation for a placement associated with NUTR 470 Nutrition Internship, you must follow these instructions:

  1. Follow the link provided by the internship coordinator to access the UWM Nutritional Sciences Program page at CastleBranch.com.
  2. Create an account, fill out all required fields and finish the process by paying the fee to process the background check.
  3. Once the results are processed they will be reviewed by the internship coordinator and shared with the internship site supervisor upon request.

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

When should I meet with my advisor?

You are encouraged to meet with your 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.

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

How can my advisor help me?

The College of Health Sciences 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
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  • Clinical Professor, Nutritional Sciences, Kinesiology
Portrait of Lora Taylor De Oliveira
  • Outreach Program Manager II, Nutritional Sciences, Biomedical Sciences Lab Programs
Important Dates

Applications for spring admission:
Due by October 1st in the preceding Fall semester.

Application for summer/fall admission:
Due by March 1st in the preceding Spring semester.

Contact

Angela Kowalski, MS
Academic Advisor
414-229-2758
angelak@uwm.edu

Lori A. Klos, PhD, RD
Program Director
414-251-8220
lklos@uwm.edu