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Minor in Nutritional Sciences Required Courses

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The Minor in Nutritional Sciences requires 25 credits total. See the Nutritional Sciences Minor handout for more information.


Required courses (10 credits total)


Introductory courses (9 credits)
NUTR 300 Nutrition for Today (3)  
NUTR 302 Food Studies: Harvest to Health (3) Prerequisite: NUTR 300
NUTR 303 Neighborhood Nutrition (3) Prerequisite: NUTR 300



Perspectives in nutrition (1 credit)
NUTR 490 Nutrition Seminar - selected topics (1)  


Elective coursework (15 credits)


NUTR 310 Nutrition and the Life Course (4) Prerequisite: NUTR 300
NUTR 405 Physical Activity in Health and Disease (3) Prerequisite: either BIOL 118 or BIOL 220
NUTR 406 Sports Nutrition (3) Prerequisite: NUTR 300
NUTR 411 Diet in Health and Disease (3) Prerequisite: NUTR 300
NUTR 412 United States Food and Nutrition Policy (3) Prerequisite: NUTR 300
NUTR 420 Global Nutrition: Challenges and Opportunities (3) Prerequisite: NUTR 300
NUTR 441 Molecular Gastronomy: Chemistry and Culinology of Food* (3) PCE course Recommended: general and organic chemistry
NUTR 446 Food Safety and Health (3)  
NUTR 465/ BIO A 465 Nutritional Anthropology (3) (Currently unavailable) Prerequisite: BIO A 201
ANTH 361 Anthropology of Food (5) Prerequisite: one 200-level ANTH
ENV H 441 Food Protection (3) Prerequisite: 2.0 in either CHEM 155 or CHEM 162; 2.0 in MICROM 302
EPI 320 Introduction to Epidemiology (4) Prerequisite or concurrent
registration: either BIOST 310,
QMETH 201, Q SCI 381, STAT 220,
STAT/CS&SS/SOC 221, or STAT 311
GEOG 271 Geography of Food and Eating (5)  
GEOG 371 World Hunger and Agricultural Development (5) Recommended: either GEOG 230, GEOG 330, or GEOG 335
GEOG 380 Geographical Patterns of Health and Disease (5)  

* Prerequisite for the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics


Other Academic Requirements:

  • A minimum of 13 credits must be taken from the School of Public Health (NUTR, ENV H, or EPI courses).
  • A minimum of 15 credits must be completed in 300- and 400-level courses.
  • A minimum of 15 credits applied to the minor must be completed in residence at the University of Washington.
  • A minimum of 15 credits applied to the minor must be taken outside of the student's major requirements. This means these classes may not apply both to the satisfying major requirements and minor requirements.
  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA needed for courses presented for the minor.
  • Students must declare a major and have completed a minimum of 45 credits before declaring the minor.
  • Students must have the major adviser sign off on minor declaration paperwork to ensure satisfactory progress requirements are met.


Useful Links:

Nutritional Sciences Program
School of Public Health
Undergraduate Academic Advising
Food at UW
Mercer Court Food Exploration Community

Updated December 19, 2014

Questions about the minor?
Contact Kristin Elko at ugnutr@uw.edu

Spring 2015 Drop-In Advising
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Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30pm

Information Sessions

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April 23, 3-4pm


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