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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)(A)
NUTR 302 Food Studies: Harvest to Health (3)(Sp)
NUTR 303 Neighborhood Nutrition (3)(W)



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


Elective coursework (15 credits)


NUTR 405 Physical Activity in Health and Disease (3)(Sp) Prerequisite: BIOL 118 or 220
NUTR 406 Sports Nutrition (3)(Sp) Prerequisite: NUTR 300
NUTR 411 Survey of Advanced Nutrition (2)(Sp) Prerequisite: NUTR 300
NUTR 412 United States Food and Nutrition Policy (3)(W 2014, A 2014) Prerequisite: NUTR 300
NUTR 441 Molecular Gastronomy: The Science of Food*(3)(W, S) PCE course. Prerequisite: General and organic chemistry are recommended
NUTR 446 Food Safety and Health (3)(W)  
NUTR 465/BIO A 465 Nutritional Anthropology (3) Prerequisite: BIO A 201
ANTH 361 Anthropology of Food (5) Prerequisite: 200 level ANTH
ENV H 441 Food Protection (3) Prerequisite: 2.0 in CHEM 155, 162, 164 or MICROM 302
EPI 320 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)  
GEOG 271 Geography of Food and Eating (5)(Sp)  
GEOG 371 World Hunger (5) Prerequisite: GEOG 230, 330 or 335
GEOG 380 Geographical Patterns of Health and Disease (5)  

Please note that a minimum of 13 credits for the minor must be taken in the School of Public Health (NUTR, ENV H, or EPI courses)
* Prerequisite to the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics


Other Academic Requirements:

  • A minimum of 13 credits must be taken from the School of Public Health.
  • A minimum of 15 credits must be completed in 300 and 400 level courses.
  • A minimum of 15 credits applied towards the minor must be completed in residence at the University of Washington.
  • 60% of the coursework (minimum 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 a minor.
  • Students must have the major advisor 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 November 20, 2013

For questions about the minor:

Please contact Kristin Elko, ugnutr@uw.edu

Spring 2014 Drop-In Advising is available on Mondays (except 4/14),10:00am - 12:00pm and Tuesdays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm in Raitt Hall, Room 311.


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