Interested in the wonderful world of nutrition and dietetics?
You have come to the right place!

It may seem rather simplistic at first glance - eat a little more of this, a little less of that - but the field nutrition and dietetics is far more complex and multifaceted than first meets the eye (and stomach!). Nutrition is a science that investigates the body’s metabolic and physiological responses to the food we consume and explores the role of food and nutrients in the development, treatment, and prevention of disease. It grapples with understanding and leveraging the web of factors that shape what, when, how much, where, and with whom we eat. Nutrition professionals can positively impact the lives of others in many different ways including facilitating dietary behavior change, enhancing the food environment, and expanding food and nutrition security and reducing hunger among individuals, groups, and communities.

The BS Nutritional Sciences degree is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in the biological and social sciences in order to understand, navigate, interpret, apply, and communicate evidence-based relationships between food, nutrients, eating behavior, and human health. Courses offered by Nutritional Sciences faculty and staff also respect and honor the important role food and food-related traditions serve in a multicultural, diverse society. Additionally, the Nutritional Sciences degree is structured to be highly customizable so that you can pursue a program of study that aligns with your interests and career goals with room to pursue a minor and/or certificate program to further enhance your UWM academic experience.

Professional Titles/Credentials

The professional titles/credentials in the field of nutrition and dietetics include Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) which requires at least a master's degree starting January 1, 2024, and Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) which requires an associate degree or higher. You can earn these credentials by successfully completing a one (or more) programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) which include coursework and/or supervised practice, and then passing a national credentialing exam. Learn more about the various pathways to become an RDN or NDTR

Although the BS Nutritional Sciences is not an ACEND-accredited program, your plan of study can be customized to prepare you to apply to graduate-level dietetics programs including UWM's Master of Public Health (MPH) - Nutrition and Dietetics. Most of the prerequisite courses required for admission to such programs are built directly into the degree. If you are interested in pursuing the RDN credential, contact your advisor to add Pre-Dietetics to your undergraduate program of study. More information can be found in the Pre-Dietetics section of the Catalog.

Beyond Dietetics

The BS Nutritional Sciences is also a valuable undergraduate degree even if you are not interested in pursuing the RDN credential. Because of required foundational coursework in the natural and social sciences, combined with the rich array of nutritional sciences courses, you will graduate ready to apply your knowledge and skills in many professional settings including (but by no means limited to) health care, food and neutraceutical industries, community nutrition and public health organizations, and fitness/wellness companies. If you are interested in continuing their education beyond the bachelor's degree, you will be well-positioned for graduate education in a wide-array of fields, as well as for professional degree programs in public health, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and more!

Want to get started in the Nutritional Sciences major or sample some courses in this dynamic, exciting field of study? 

Consider enrolling in one or more of these introductory courses (no prerequisites required):

  • NUTR 101 New Student Seminar in Nutritional Sciences & Pre-Dietetics. This 1-credit fall course will introduce you to the field of nutritional sciences and dietetics, career opportunities, and how to maximize your time studying this discipline at UWM.
  • NUTR 110 Introduction to Food Principles & Preparation. This 3-credit hands-on course is offered every fall and spring semester in the Applied Foods Lab in Enderis Hall. You will build life skills related to food preparation all the while learning more about nutritional sciences through the science of food.
  • NUTR 230 Health Aspects of Exercise and Nutrition. This 3-credit course will introduce you to key concepts related to personal physical fitness and healthy eating. If you are interested in learning about and improving your own fitness and eating behaviors, this is a great class to take. Plus it counts as a Natural Science GER!
  • NUTR 235 Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions. Ready to dive into the science behind how the nutrients in food are used by the human body and affect its function? This 3-credit course will help you develop a solid foundation in this field!   
  • NUTR 241 Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach. To facilitate dietary change, it is critical to understand what drives behavior. This 3-credit course offered in the fall and summer offers you the opportunity to "dig-in" to the complex array of influences - both seen and unseen - that shape an individual's food choices and eating behavior. Plus it counts as a Social Science GER!

Nutritional Sciences students are advised by Kelsi Faust in the Zilber College of Public Health. You are encouraged to contact Kelsi at 414-251-6070 or meyer378@uwm.edu for guidance.

Nutrition: it's for everyBODY.

Requirements

All students must earn a minimum of 120 credits to complete the BS in Nutritional Sciences degree.

University General Education Requirements (GER)

Many of the University General Education Requirements are satisfied through the foundations coursework and the Nutritional Sciences major requirements. 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 A3
Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Part B 1
Quantitative Literacy (QL) Part A & B 1
Foreign Language
Distribution Requirements
Arts3
Humanities 1
Natural Sciences 1
Social Sciences 1
Cultural Diversity 1
1

Required courses in the curriculum satisfy these General Education Requirements.

Nutritional Sciences Major Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the Nutritional Sciences Major, students must complete the following: (a) University General Education Requirements, (b) Foundation Courses, (c) Nutritional Sciences Required Courses, (d) Upper Level (300- or above) Nutritional Sciences Elective Courses, and (e) Elective Courses.

Foundation Courses 1
BIO SCI 150Foundations of Biological Sciences I4
BIO SCI 202Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO SCI 203Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM 103Survey of Biochemistry 23-5
or CHEM 501 Introduction to Biochemistry
PH 101Introduction to Public Health3
Select one of the following:3
Public Health from Cells to Society II 2
Health and Disease: Concepts and Contexts
Introduction to Health Disparities
PSYCH 101Introduction to Psychology3
or SOCIOL 101 Introduction to Sociology
COMMUN 103Public Speaking3
KIN 270Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice3
KIN/BMS 245Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective3
Cultural Diversity + Humanities (Choose a course that meets both GER categories)3
MATH 105Introduction to College Algebra3
or MATH 108 Algebraic Literacy II
Select one of the following:3
Business Writing
Health Science Writing
Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century
Nutritional Sciences Courses
NUTR 101New Student Seminar in Nutritional Sciences & Pre-Dietetics1
NUTR 110Introduction to Food Principles & Preparation3
NUTR 230Health Aspects of Exercise and Nutrition3
NUTR 235Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions3
or BMS 232 Introduction to Nutrition
NUTR 241Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach3
NUTR 245Life Cycle Nutrition3
NUTR 305Hunger at Home: Food and Nutrition Security in Milwaukee County3
or NUTR 555 Public Health Nutrition and Food Politics
NUTR 350Nutrition Communication and Education3
NUTR 355Modifying Nutrition and Eating Behavior3
NUTR 435Nutrition and Disease Prevention3
NUTR courses 300 level or above6
NUTR 470Nutritional Sciences Capstone Experience3
Electives (credits will vary by student) 341
Total Credits120
1

Some courses listed in this section may also partially fulfill a student's General Education Requirements.

2

CHEM 103, CHEM 501, and PH 202 have one (or more) prerequisites that must be satisfied before enrolling.

3

Students may select elective coursework that aligns with their interests, as well as educational and professional goals. The number of elective credits needed to meet the 120 credit requirement to be awarded the B.S. Nutritional Sciences degree will vary somewhat student to student depending upon the Chemistry sequence chosen.

Program Retention and Graduation Requirements

Nutritional Sciences program faculty and staff are deeply committed to facilitating student success. Regular open, honest communication with the Program Advisor, Program Director, and Program faculty and staff is strongly encouraged and will help students succeed in the program.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and earn a grade of C or better in all Nutritional Sciences (NUTR) courses counting towards degree requirements. Should the need arise, Nutritional Sciences (NUTR) courses counting towards degree requirements may be repeated once; no courses repeat restrictions are placed on other courses. If a student's cumulative UWM GPA falls below 2.50, they will be placed on academic probation and encouraged to meet with the Program Advisor to develop an action plan. Students who remain on academic probation for more than two consecutive semesters, or exceed the course repeat policy, will be dismissed from the major and advised about other potential degree options.  

To graduate with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences, students must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 credits. 
  2. Complete all University General Education Requirements.
  3. Have earned credit in all required courses (including transfer courses) counting towards degree requirements.
  4. Earn a minimum cumulative UWM GPA of 2.50 (including transfer courses) counting towards degree requirements.
  5. Earn a grade of C or better in all NUTR courses (including transfer courses) counting towards degree requirements.
  6. Complete the last 30 credits in residence at UWM.

The pursuit of a minor or certificate is encouraged and should easily integrate into a plan of study. Please consult with your advisor for guidance.

Considerations for students interested in dietetics and becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
 

UWM's BS Nutritional Sciences is not an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics. However, the program can prepare students to pursue an ACEND-accredited Graduate Grogram in dietetics (such as UWM's MPH-Nutrition and Dietetics program) or graduate-level Coordinated Program in dietetics. Admission to such programs is competitive and admission requirements (including prerequisite coursework) vary. Students should explore the specific admission requirements for any program they are interested in pursuing. 

Students interested in dietetics are encouraged to add Pre-dietetics to their undergraduate plan of study. Pre-dietetics includes the prerequisite courses required for admission to UWM's MPH-Nutrition and Dietetics program; these courses are similar to the prerequisite courses required by other graduate-level programs in dietetics. Depending on the graduate program, additional prerequisite courses may be required for admission consideration. Most, but not all, of the Pre-dietetics courses are required as part of the Nutritional Sciences major. 

To maximize the likelihood of admission to a graduate program in dietetics, it is recommended that pre-dietetics students strive to attain a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or higher) and 3.0 GPA (or higher), with no grade lower than C for any pre-dietetics courses. To maximize admissions eligibility to programs nationwide, students interested in this option are strongly advised to pursue the following chemistry sequence: CHEM 102CHEM 104CHEM 341 (lab recommended), and CHEM 501

Plan of Study

Two sample plans of study are shown below: a general plan and one that integrates Pre-dietetics. Both assume 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 specifically 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. 

General Plan of Study

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
or Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions
3
BIO SCI 202 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MATH 105
Introduction to College Algebra
or Algebraic Literacy II
3
GER - OWCA (ENGLISH 102 or equivalent) 3
 Credits14
Semester 2
NUTR 230 Health Aspects of Exercise and Nutrition 3
PH 101 Introduction to Public Health 3
BIO SCI 203 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHEM 100 Chemical Science 1 4
Cultural Diversity + Humanities 3
 Credits17
Year 2
Semester 1
NUTR 235
Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions
or Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach
3
CHEM 101 Chemical Science 5
BIO SCI 150 Foundations of Biological Sciences I 4
COMMUN 103 Public Speaking 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
NUTR 110 Introduction to Food Principles & Preparation 3
NUTR 245 Life Cycle Nutrition 3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Health from Cells to Society II
Health and Disease: Concepts and Contexts
Introduction to Health Disparities
CHEM 103 Survey of Biochemistry 5
 Credits14
Year 3
Semester 1
NUTR 350 Nutrition Communication and Education 3
KIN 270 Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice 3
Select one of the following: 3
Business Writing
Health Science Writing
Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century
PSYCH 101
Introduction to Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
NUTR 355 Modifying Nutrition and Eating Behavior 3
NUTR 435 Nutrition and Disease Prevention 3
KIN 245 Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 3
GER - Art 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Year 4
Semester 1
NUTR 305
Hunger at Home: Food and Nutrition Security in Milwaukee County 2
or Public Health Nutrition and Food Politics
3
300+ level NUTR Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
NUTR 470 Nutritional Sciences Capstone Experience 3
300+ level NUTR Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120
1

CHEM 100 is recommended prior to enrolling in CHEM 101 or CHEM 102. Multiple chemistry sequence options are available for this major. Consult the program director or program advisor for guidance on which would be best for your career goals.

2

Students considering applying to UWM's MPH-Nutrition and Dietetics program are encouraged to take NUTR 305 during their undergraduate plan of study. NUTR 555 is a required course in the program and would need to be repeated at the graduate level.

Recommended Plan for Pre-Dietetics Students

Compared to the general plan of study, this one integrates a more rigorous chemistry sequence which will likely meet prerequisite requirements for most graduate programs in dietetics (UWM will accept CHEM 101/CHEM 103 or the sequence shown in the plan below). This plan also integrates two additional courses (i.e., introduction to microbiology and medical terminology) that are also often required for admission to graduate programs in dietetics, including UWM's MPH-Nutrition and Dietetics program.

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
or Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions
3
MATH 105
Introduction to College Algebra
or Algebraic Literacy II
3
BIO SCI 202 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
GER - OWCA (ENGLISH 102 or equivalent) 3
 Credits14
Semester 2
NUTR 230 Health Aspects of Exercise and Nutrition 3
PSYCH 101
Introduction to Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
3
CHEM 100 Chemical Science 4
BIO SCI 203 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Cultural Diversity + Humanities 3
 Credits17
Year 2
Semester 1
NUTR 110 Introduction to Food Principles & Preparation 3
NUTR 235
Introduction to Nutrition for the Health Professions
or Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach
3
PH 101 Introduction to Public Health 3
CHEM 102 General Chemistry 5
COMMUN 103 Public Speaking 3
 Credits17
Semester 2
NUTR 245 Life Cycle Nutrition 3
CHEM 104 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis 5
BIO SCI 150 Foundations of Biological Sciences I 4
Select one of the following: 3
Business Writing
Health Science Writing
Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century
 Credits15
Year 3
Semester 1
NUTR 305 Hunger at Home: Food and Nutrition Security in Milwaukee County 3
NUTR 350 Nutrition Communication and Education 3
CHEM 341 Introductory Survey of Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 342 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
KIN 270 Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice 3
 Credits14
Semester 2
NUTR 355 Modifying Nutrition and Eating Behavior 3
NUTR 435 Nutrition and Disease Prevention 3
CHEM 501 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Health from Cells to Society II
Health and Disease: Concepts and Contexts
Introduction to Health Disparities
Elective 3
 Credits15
Year 4
Semester 1
300+ level NUTR Course 3
KIN 245 Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 3
BIO SCI 101 General Survey of Microbiology 4
GER-Art 3
Elective 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
300+ level NUTR Course 3
NUTR 470 Nutritional Sciences Capstone Experience 3
HS 222 Language of Medicine 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits123

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.

Zilber College of Public Health 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.