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When it comes to our health, we are what we eat.

In the Nutritional Sciences Minor, you will add depth to an existing major by exploring this concept and learning how the human body transforms our good into useable energy — as well as studying bodily changes like illness, disease, pregnancy, and exercise impact digestion and healthy living.

Learn from faculty who are leaders in the field and explore cutting-edge nutritional science and the practical applications to promote positive lifestyle changes in others. This minor will give you a valuable background in nutrition to complement your major degree requirements and long-term career plans in a variety of fields.


The Nutrition minor requires 18 credits of nutrition course work—11 of which come from required course work, and the remaining 7 from additional Nutrition courses offered by the department. According to University policy, you must be officially enrolled in a major before you enroll in a minor, and you must maintain a grade of C or better for all courses in the minor.

Required Courses (11 credits)

NUTR 251 Introductory Principles of Nutrition (3 credits)

NUTR 358 Assessment of Nutritional Status (2 credits)

Prerequisites: NUTR 251

NUTR 445 Nutrient Metabolism I (3 credits)

Prerequisites: NUTR 251, NUTR 358, BIOL 141, CHEM 101/110, CHEM 202, BMB 211

NUTR 446 Nutrient Metabolism II (3 credits)

Prerequisites: NUTR 445

Additional Courses (7 credits)**

Students may choose from any of the Nutritional Sciences courses, including NUTR 496, Independent Study.

**Some courses are only offered in the fall or spring semesters. See Penn State's Schedule of Courses for availability. Also check the University Bulletin to determine which courses require prerequisites, and see the Penn State Minor Policy for additional considerations regarding minors at Penn State.