Nutrition Minor

Student Profiles

Kain Ip, University of Washington Nutrition Minor, Medical Anthropology MajorSummer Godfrey, University of Washington Nutrition Minor, Medical Anthropology & Global Health MajorNikki Zielinski, Nutritional Sciences Minor at the University of WashingtonJasmine Gutierrez, Nutritional Sciences Minor at the University of Washington

About the Minor

The Nutrition Minor, offered to undergraduate students from all majors, provides students with a foundation of knowledge in nutritional sciences, food studies, food systems, and population health. Students 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 Nutrition?

The Nutrition Minor complements many majors. The background and skills provided by the minor curriculum assist students in separating fact from fiction when faced with constantly changing nutrition research, information, and products. Students can access evidence-based information and be informed consumers themselves, while also applying these skills to their main area of study.

The minor:

  • Provides a foundation in the applied science of nutrition that incorporates elements of basic and nutritional science, food systems, disease prevention, and public health policy.
  • Provides core nutrition and food classes to complement basic science for students majoring in biology or chemistry or preparing for pre-health and other pre-professional disciplines.
  • Provides coursework to students majoring in liberal arts degrees who are interested in this burgeoning field, but currently have limited exposure to nutritional sciences.
  • Expands 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.