Completion of Academic Minor
Why study Nutrition Sciences?
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; and
- 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 requires completion of only 18 semester credit hours of coursework. The curriculum also offers flexibility to select electives based on your area of interest. Some courses are offered online and three courses count as UC’s general education requirements:
- NUTR 1030: Personal Nutrition (NS)
- NUTR 1040: Food and Culture (SCE)
- NUTR 1050C: Eating for Sports Performance (NS)
Admission requirements to declare the minor include:
- Enrollment in a baccalaureate degree program at the University of Cincinnati
- Enrollment in a declared major at the University of Cincinnati
- A minimum University GPA of 3.0
If you are ready to declare Nutritional Sciences as your minor, please fill out the Declaration of Intent form.
Declaration of intent for minor programs must be submitted before the 15th day of the semester. Declarations submitted after the 15th day of a semester will take effect the first day of the next semester.
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 provide one-on-one counseling in nutrition. To provide one-on-one counseling in nutrition, you will need the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. For additional information visit the Pathways to the RDN webpage.
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