Major FAQ

What is a food system?

A food system is the interconnected web of activities that includes multiple components of food supply chains, the food environment, consumer behaviors, and health outcomes, all operating within a larger socioeconomic and geopolitical context.

What are the major admission requirements?

The Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health major has minimum requirements. Students who meet the following requirements at the time of application will be admitted:

  1. Completion of 45 college credits with a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA
  2. Completion of NUTR 200 Nutrition for Today or equivalent
  3. Completion of English Composition, 5 credits

What are the major requirements?

Review the major requirements.

How can I prepare for this major?

The following first- and second-year courses are suggested: anthropology, economics, environmental science and studies, geography, introduction to nutrition, political science, public policy, sociology, sciences like biology and chemistry, statistics, composition or writing, and distribution of general education courses, as well as coursework that develops analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Transfer students should have no difficulty completing a Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health major within two years at the University. The Washington community colleges Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree provides great preparation for the major and key courses, such as introduction to nutrition, economics, statistics, and physiology, are readily available.

Do any of my classes from community college/transfer credits count?

Probably. Basic human nutrition courses completed at other schools often transfer to satisfy the NUTR 200 requirement. Additional academic and college-level courses are evaluated for transfer by UW Admissions and are applied to general education and areas of knowledge requirements. See the UW Equivalency Guide for information about how community college courses will transfer to UW and read the Office of Admissions’ Transfer Credit Policies page for additional information.

What will students learn in this major?

Graduates of the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Major will have developed competency in food systems, nutrition, public health, social and economic equity, and sustainability, as well as strong liberal arts preparation in intellectual and practical skills like inquiry, analysis, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

When can I declare the major?

Applications are due the third Friday of each quarter. Applications are reviewed to confirm minimum requirements are met and ensure the degree can be completed within the University’s maximum time frame. Learn more about the admissions process.

Will this major prepare me for a clinical nutrition graduate degree?

The major is not a clinical nutrition or dietetics degree and will not, alone, prepare students for that career path. Beginning in 2024, students who want to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam must earn a graduate degree. The Nutritional Sciences Option in the Public Health Major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree by providing an organized pathway of courses for students that will help in their preparation for graduate studies in nutrition or dietetics, whether at the UW or with another Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited graduate program.