Human Nutrition (HUMNNTR-MN)

Department of Human Sciences
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Completion of the undergraduate Human Nutrition minor could benefit students interested in pursuing careers in food, fitness, hospitality, business, education, nursing and other health-related professions.

The minor in human nutrition consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours and is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the area of human nutrition. The minor is composed of the following courses:

Required Courses (7-8 credits)

  • HUMNNTR 2410 Science of Human Nutrition (4) OR HUMNNTR 2310 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3) OR HUMNNTR 2210 Science of Human Nutrition (3) (Prereq: BIO 1113 or 1101 and CHEM 1210 or 1610 or 1910H and CHEM 1220, or 1620, or 1920H or 1250)
  • HUMNNTR 3506 Nutrition Across the Life Span (3) (Prereq: 2210, 2310, 2410 or ANIMSCI 3130)
  • HUMNNTR 2295 Careers in Nutrition (1)

Elective Courses (Choose 7-8 credits). At least 3 credits must be 3000-level or higher

  • HUMNNTR 2314 Fundamentals of Food (3) (Prereq: 2210, 2310, or 2410)
  • HUMNNTR 2450 Foodservice Sanitation and Safety (1)
  • HUMNNTR 3704 Public Health Nutrition (2) (Prereq: 2210, 2310, or 2410)
  • HUMNNTR 3313 Food in Different Cultures (2) (Prereq: 2210, 2310, or 2410)
  • HUMNNTR 3415 Global Nutrition Issues (2) (Prereq: 2210, 2310, 2410 or ANIMSCI 3130)
  • HUMNNTR 3780H Research Methods in Nutrition (1)
  • HUMNNTR 3998 Undergraduate Research in Human Nutrition (repeatable) (1-2)
  • HUMNNTR 4504 Nutrition Education and Behavior Change (3) (Prereq: 2310 or 2410)
  • HUMNNTR 4609 Macronutrients (3) (Prereq: C- of above in 2310, 2410, or ANIMSCI 3101; and BIOCHEM 2210 and CHEM 2310, or BIOCHEM 4511, or MOLBIOC 3311 and 3312; and EEOB 2520, or PHYSIO 3101 and 3102, or PHYSIO 3200)
  • HUMNNTR 4610 Micronutrients and Phytochemicals (3) (Prereq: 4609 and C- of higher in 2310 or 2410 and Med Diet, Animal Sciences, or HPNES major)
  • HUMNNTR 5100 Integrating Nutrition into the Contemporary Marketplace (3) (Prereq: 2210, 2310, or 2410 and 2295)
  • HUMNNTR 5705 Nutrition and Physical Performance (2) (Prereq: 4609)

Human Nutrition minor program guidelines

Credit hours required: A minimum of 15 credit hours. 1000- level courses shall not be counted in the minor. At least 6 credit hrs must be upper-level hours as defined by the College of Education and Human Ecology.

Transfer and EM credit hours allowed: A student is permitted to count up to 6 total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination toward the minor. 

Overlap with the GE: A student is permitted to overlap up to 6 credit hours between the GE and the minor.

Overlap with the major and additional minor(s):

  • The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
  • The minor must contain a minimum of 12 hours distinct from the major and/or additional minor(s).

Grades required:

  • Minimum C- for a course to be listed on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA required for the minor.
  • Course work graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the minor.
  • No more than 3 credit hours of coursework graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory may count toward the minor.

X193 credits: No more than 3 credit hours.

Minor approval: Minor program approval is not required, as long as there is no variation from the minor program sheet. Any variations from the minor as indicated must be approved by the EHE Office of Undergraduate Education located in A100 PAES Building (614-292-9261). A student’s primary advisor can add the minor with the program code at the top of this sheet.

Filing the minor program form: The minor program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school advisor.

Changing the minor: Once the minor program form is filed in the college office, any changes must be approved by the academic unit offering the minor.

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Note: Students exact curriculum may vary depending upon program of study determined by student and advisor.