The Minor in Nutritional Sciences provides students 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. The required science foundation courses provide the necessary background of chemistry and biological sciences to understand the physiological basis of nutrition, as a multidisciplinary science with relevance to health.

Upon completion of the Minor in Nutritional Sciences, students 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.


The Nutritional Sciences minor requires a minimum of 21 credits, including at least 6 credits of upper-level NUTR courses (300-level or above). Students must attain a GPA of 2.0 (no grade lower than C) in all courses being applied toward the minor, including any transfer work. A minimum of 12 credits must be taken in residence at UWM.

Required courses (9 credits)
NUTR 235Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions 13
or BMS 232 Introduction to Nutrition
NUTR 230Health Aspects of Exercise and Nutrition3
or KIN 230 Health Aspects of Exercise and Nutrition
NUTR 241Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach3
Complete 12 additional credits of NUTR courses including 6 credits at the 300-level or above12
Total Credits21

Only one of these options may be applied towards the minor.

Some NUTR courses may be offered only once per academic year. Refer to the Catalog to see which semester(s) courses are typically offered. 

Students may declare their intent to pursue the Nutritional Sciences Minor on the program’s website. Students concurrently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program who successfully complete the requirements for the minor will be awarded the Minor in Nutritional Sciences at the time of graduation.

Student advising will be through the appropriate health unit at UWM.