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 students with a strong foundation in biological, physical, and social sciences, in order to understand the relationships among food, nutrients, eating behavior, and human health. 

Requirements

General Education Courses12
Foundation Courses (includes advanced General Education Requirements)42-55
Nutrition Core13
Advanced Nutrition Core24
Additional Requirements16-29
Total Credits120

Admission and Prerequisites

All students are eligible to pursue general education requirements and foundations courses associated with the curriculum as long as they meet the necessary prerequisites for each course. The UWM General Education Requirements are:

General Education Requirements
Competency Requirements
Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Part A & B 13
Quantitative Literacy (QL) Part A & B 13
Foreign Language
Distribution Requirements
Arts3
Humanities3
Natural Sciences 1
Social Sciences 1
Cultural Diversity 1

Students are considered "Nutritional Sciences-Intended" until they have completed their General Education Requirements, Foundations courses, and the Nutrition Core. To be eligible for admission to the major and enrollment in the advanced core nutrition courses, students must have a UWM cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher, and the following prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress with a minimum grade of C:

Foundations (credit totals will vary by Chemistry sequence chosen) 142-55
BIO SCI 150Foundations of Biological Sciences I4
BIO SCI 202Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO SCI 203Anatomy and Physiology II4
KIN 270Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society
COMMUN 103Public Speaking 23
or COMMUN 105 Business and Professional Communication
Chemistry Sequence (choose one): 3
Chemistry sequence culminating in CHEM 103 (42 total Foundations credits)
Chemistry sequence with 3 credits of Organic Chemistry and culminating in CHEM 501 (50 total Foundations credits)
Chemistry sequence with 8 credits of Organic Chemistry and culminating in CHEM 501 (55 Foundations credits)
Nutrition Core (minimum GPA of 2.75 is required in this category for admission)13
NUTR 241Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach3
NUTR 101New Student Seminar in Nutritional Sciences & Pre-Dietetics1
NUTR 110Introduction to Food Principles & Preparation3
NUTR 235Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions3
NUTR 240Nutrition for Exercise and Wellness3

 Nutritional Sciences Major Requirements

Advanced Core (a minimum GPA of 2.75 and no grade lower than C is required in this category)24
NUTR 210Food Science3
NUTR 245Life Cycle Nutrition3
NUTR 350Nutrition Communication and Education3
NUTR 355Modifying Nutrition and Eating Behavior3
NUTR 430Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism3
NUTR 435Nutrition and Disease Prevention3
NUTR 470Nutritional Sciences Capstone Experience4
NUTR or KIN course 500 level or above3
Additional Foundation Courses 113
BIO SCI 101General Survey of Microbiology4
BMS/KIN 245Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective3
ENGLISH 205Business Writing3
or ENGLISH 207 Health Science Writing
KIN 400Ethics and Values in the Health and Fitness Professions3
Electives (9 credits must be at the 300 level or above)16-29
Students with Chemistry sequence culminating in CHEM 103 must complete 29 elective credits
Students with Chemistry sequence with 3 credits of Organic Chemistry and culminating in CHEM 501 must complete 21 elective credits
Students with Chemistry sequence with 8 credits of Organic Chemistry and culminating with CHEM 501 will complete 16 elective credits

Graduation Requirements

Once admitted to the program, students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 and no grade lower than C in all Advanced Core nutrition courses. No more than four Foundations courses may be repeated, and no more than three of the Core and Advanced Core courses may be repeated. Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 to be eligible for graduation.

The following is a sample Plan of Study, and assumes that the student will satisfy (1) UWM's foreign language requirements with high school credits, and (2) the math and English proficiency requirements upon entry. Students interested in pre-dietetics should refer to the relevant section of the UWM Catalog and contact the program director or program advisor for Plan of Study guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Credits
NUTR 101 New Student Seminar in Nutritional Sciences & Pre-Dietetics 1
NUTR 241 Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach 3
BIO SCI 202 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MATH 105 Introduction to College Algebra 3
ENGLISH 102 College Writing and Research (or equivalent OWCA) 3
 Credits14
Semester 2
NUTR 110 Introduction to Food Principles & Preparation 3
COMMUN 103 Public Speaking 3
BIO SCI 203 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHEM 100
Chemical Science 1
or Chemical Science
or General Chemistry
4
Elective (GER Art recommended) 3
 Credits17
Year 2
Semester 1
NUTR 235 Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions 3
BIO SCI 150 Foundations of Biological Sciences I 4
CHEM 101 Chemical Science 2 5
ENGLISH 205
Business Writing
or Health Science Writing
3
 Credits15
Semester 2
NUTR 240 Nutrition for Exercise and Wellness 3
PSYCH 101
Introduction to Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
or Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society
3
CHEM 103 Survey of Biochemistry 2 5
KIN 270 Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice 3
Elective (GER Humanities recommended) 3
 Credits17
Year 3
Semester 1
NUTR 210 Food Science 3
NUTR 350 Nutrition Communication and Education 3
BIO SCI 101 General Survey of Microbiology 4
Elective 3
 Credits13
Semester 2
NUTR 245 Life Cycle Nutrition 3
NUTR 355 Modifying Nutrition and Eating Behavior 3
KIN 400 Ethics and Values in the Health and Fitness Professions 3
KIN/BMS 245 Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Year 4
Semester 1
NUTR 430 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism 3
500+ level NUTR or KIN course 3
300+ level Elective 3
300+ level Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
NUTR 435 Nutrition and Disease Prevention 3
NUTR 470 Nutritional Sciences Capstone Experience 3
300+ level Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits121

Honors in the Major

Honors in the major are granted to students who earn a GPA of 3.500 or above on a minimum of 30 completed credits at UWM following advancement to a Health Sciences major.

Honors in the College of Health Sciences

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.