Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences

Nutrition Minor

About The Program

This minor is designed to prepare graduates to serve as part of a health care team in a wide variety of settings, and to educate professional practitioners who provide evaluative services that assist individuals in maintaining a better quality of life.

A minor in nutrition can expand the student's knowledge and insight acquired in some aspect of their major. Students majoring in any area of public health, health education or social sciences who have an interest (personal or professional) in nutrition are welcome to minor in Nutrition.

Students majoring in exercise physiology have minored in nutrition as a way to better understand the relationship between athletic performance or increased physical activity and proper nutrition and to bolster the exercise physiologist's work in preventing a host of chronic diseases including obesity.

Students majoring in health education have minored in nutrition as a way to knowledge the knowledge they will pass on to the general public about nutrition and health outcomes. Students majoring in psychology have also minored in nutrition as a way to investigate more fully the relationship between psychological factors and eating disorders.

Career Opportunities

Many different fields of expertise can be enriched with a minor in Nutrition. This additional academic focus can increase opportunities for jobs or graduate school. exercise physiologist will be able to work as athletic trainers or go on to graduate programs in sports, exercise and nutrition. Students graduating from health education can also work as nutrition educators in fitness corporations or in social services.

Also having a minor in nutrition can prepare a student for a career in the nutritional sciences, nutrition education or biomedical sciences.

Admissions and Degree Requirements  

Students interested in minoring in nutrition must first obtain the authorization of the Department. They must present 21 credits in nutrition, at least six of which must be from the wide variety of upper level nutrition courses available.

Prerequisite courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Physiological Chemistry and Human Nutrition.