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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Minor in Nutritional Sciences is a science-intensive program that gives 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, health promotion, and disease prevention.

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  • 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 on campus and in the community.
  • 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 has 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.

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 is accepted, you will be admitted to the Minor in Nutritional Sciences. Admission to the Minor is required to enroll in certain advanced Nutritional Sciences courses.

This curriculum is for students beginning the program on or after September 5, 2017. Please contact the program advisor if you started prior to 2017 for that curriculum.

  • F, S, SU (fall, spring, summer) refers to semesters in which courses are taught.
  • This list of courses may be modified by the Nutritional Sciences Program Committee as additional courses are developed.
  • Class offerings are subject to change.

Core Courses (15 credits)

NUTR 110: Introduction to Food Principles & PreparationF/S3
NUTR 235: Introduction to Nutrition for Health Professionals OR
BMS 232: Introduction to Nutrition
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
NUTR 245: Life Cycle NutritionS3

Advanced Courses

Select 6 credits from the following:

NUTR 210: Food ScienceF/S3
NUTR 350: Nutrition Communication and EducationF3
NUTR 355: Modifying Nutrition and Eating BehaviorS2
NUTR 430: Advanced Nutrition and MetabolismF3
NUTR 435: Nutrition and DiseaseS3
NUTR 550: Sports NutritionS3
NUTR 555: Public Health NutritionF3
NUTR/KIN 574: Obesity and Weight ManagementS3
BMS 332: Clinical NutritionF/S/SU2

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

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


To be awarded the Minor in Nutritional Sciences you must:

  1. Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA;
  2. Complete the 21 credits of coursework with no grade lower than a “C”;
  3. Satisfy the published prerequisites for all selected courses.

The academic advisor for the Minor in Nutritional Sciences assists you with the development of career goals and the selection of appropriate courses to further those goals.

A minor in Nutritional Sciences pairs well with these majors:


Torry Rufer, MS
Academic Advisor