Minor in Nutrition Sciences

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The goal of the nutrition minor is to provide students in a variety of majors at the University of Cincinnati with a strong foundation of the basic principles of food and nutrition. To fulfill this goal, the minor will prepare students to be able to:

  • explain basic principles of human nutrition
  • make sound decisions about food to enhance overall health
  • recognize the importance of exercise and fitness as it relates to health and wellness
  • demonstrate familiarity with nutritional issues of various life stages.

The nutrition minor program is designed for students interested in health care or those enrolled in a variety of different undergraduate majors that have fulfilled the prerequisites needed to complete the minor curriculum. Students may find the nutrition minor beneficial for broadening future employment opportunities and for improving their personal nutrition, health, and lifestyle outcomes.

The nutrition minor provides students with a strong foundation of the basic principles of nutrition and offers the flexibility to select electives based on their areas of interest.

It is important to note that those obtaining the nutrition minor will not be qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy.

The nutrition minor is designed to benefit those preparing to work in medical and health-related professions. Future physicians, nurses, dental professionals, psychologists, researchers, occupational and physical therapists and others will find that the nutrition minor will enable them to become more effective practitioners. In addition, those who work in corporate wellness, personal training, wellness centers, and fitness facilities will enter the job market with a more well-rounded educational profile that enhances the information and service they provide to their clients. It is important to note that those obtaining the nutrition minor will not be able to do one-on-one counseling in nutrition.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

The nutrition minor requires completion of 18 semester credit hours of coursework. Some courses are offered online. 

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

If you are ready to declare Nutritional Sciences as your minor, please fill out the declaration of intent form.

Note: Declarations submitted after the 15th day of a semester will take effect the first day of the next semester. Students must have a minimum university GPA of 3.0 and be enrolled in a declared major program.

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Katie Mosure

Senior Academic Advisor , Office of Student Affairs