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Minor in Nutritional Sciences

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The Nutritional Sciences Minor provides students with a foundation of knowledge in nutritional sciences, food studies, food systems, and population health. Students will examine food and nutrition practices and policies that affect sustainable diets and long-term health. The minor offers a multidisciplinary perspective of the food environment, including the interplay of food and nutrition, human behavior, business, culture, and the environment.

Why Minor in Nutritional Sciences?

The Nutritional Sciences Minor complements many majors. The Minor is a strong addition for students interested in health fields and students in other majors who are interested in nutrition, food studies, and health. The minor requirements include elements of:
  • Human nutrition
  • Food studies
  • Disease prevention
  • Food safety
  • Public health policy
  • Food environment
  • Food cultures and behaviors
The background and skills provided by the minor requirements will assist students in separating fact from fiction when faced with constantly changing nutrition research, information, and products. They will be able to access evidence-based information and be informed consumers themselves, while also applying these skills to their main area of study.


The mission of the undergraduate minor in Nutritional Sciences is:

  • To provide undergraduates a foundation of knowledge in the study of nutritional sciences, with a unique focus on the intersection of food, food systems, and population health.
  • To provide a comprehensive perspective on the field of nutritional sciences, including its metabolic/biochemical, behavioral, and public health aspects.
  • To examine food- and nutrition-related policies, practices, and environments and their effects on population health and health disparities through the life course.

The undergraduate minor in Nutritional Sciences will:

  • Provide a foundation in the applied science of nutrition that incorporates elements of basic and nutritional science, food systems, disease prevention, and public health policy.
  • Provide core nutrition and food classes to complement basic science for students majoring in biology, chemistry, pre-med, and other pre-professional disciplines.
  • Provide coursework to students majoring in liberal arts degrees who are also interested in this burgeoning field, but who currently have limited exposure to nutritional sciences.
  • Expand opportunities on campus for leadership on the role of nutrition, physical activity, and food systems to attain a critical mass of informed leaders to influence policy development and implementation.

Useful Links:

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

Updated December 18, 2014

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

Spring 2015 Drop-In Advising
Raitt 229C
Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30pm

Information Sessions

Raitt 229

April 16, 3-4pm (all SPH UG programs)

April 23, 3-4pm


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