Nutrition Major: Nutrition and Wellness Option B.S.

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Nutrition Major: Nutrition and Wellness Option B.S.

At UNH, you have three curriculum options (Dietetics Option, Nutrition and Wellness Option, Nutritional Sciences Option) for pursuing a bachelor's degree in nutrition. Most students declare an option within the nutrition major during the second semester of their sophomore year.

Below read more about our Nutrition and Wellness option.

What is nutrition and wellness?

Nutrition and wellness is a flexible program that provides students with a foundation in chemistry, anatomy, physiology and microbiology, while also including courses on stress, wellness and exercise science. Students gain real-world experience providing hands-on nutrition and health guidance. To help align their degree program with career goals, students are strongly encouraged to pursue a minor in areas such as kinesiology, business or health management, or a dual major in EcoGastronomy. 

Why study nutrition and wellness at UNH? 

The nutrition and wellness program at UNH prepares students for employment in a variety of wellness and health promotion settings including schools, fitness centers, nonprofit organizations and community agencies. Students have exceptional opportunities within a dynamic curriculum that includes specific courses in weight management, sports nutrition and the physiological impacts of stress, as well as applied research and community engagement. We also offer the UNH-in-Italy program, which allows students to experience the medieval city of Ascoli Piceno while studying diet, nutrition and food culture in another part of the world. 

Potential careers 

  • Community agencies 
  • Nonprofit organizations 
  • Nutrition education 
  • Schools and fitness centers 
  • State and local government agencies 
  • Wellness promotion


Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
Kendall Hall
129 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

Students choosing the Nutrition and Wellness option take: (i)  four Foundation courses; (ii) three Science Core courses; (iii) four Nutrition Core courses; and (iv) thirteen courses in Nutrition and other subject areas. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors.  In addition, all other university academic requirements, including those for the Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirement, must be completed.

Nutrition and Wellness students are strongly encouraged to complete a minor or concentration depending on career goals and interests.

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Nutrition and Wellness

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NUTR 400 Nutrition in Health and Well Being 4
NUTR 401 Professional Perspectives on Nutrition 1
BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
SOC 400
Introductory Sociology
or Introduction to Psychology
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
NUTR 476 Nutritional Assessment 4
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HMP 401 United States Health Care Systems 4
Discovery course 4
Second Year
CHEM 411 Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences 4
HMGT 403 Introduction to Food Management 4
Select one of the following: 4
Applied Biostatistics I  
Statistics in Psychology  
Inquiry course 4
NUTR 506 Nutrition and Wellness 4
BMCB 501 Biological Chemistry 5
OT 513 Stressed Out: The Science and Nature of Human Stress 4
Elective (WI) 4
Third Year
NUTR 546 Nutrition in Exercise and Sports 4
NUTR 610 Nutrition Education and Counseling 4
BMS 501 Microbes in Human Disease 4
Discovery Course 4
NUTR 650 Life Cycle Nutrition 4
ENGL 502
Professional and Technical Writing
or Persuasive Writing
HMP 501 Epidemiology and Community Medicine 4
Discovery Course 4
Fourth Year
NUTR 755 Treatment of Adult Obesity 3
NUTR 758 Practicum in Weight Management 2
KIN 620
Physiology of Exercise
or Current Issues in Teaching Health
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 3-4
NUTR 720 Community Nutrition 4
700-level Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 2-4
 Total Credits128-131

A minimum grade of C-minus or better must be earned in all NUTR courses required by the major.

Foundation Courses
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
SOC 400Introductory Sociology4
or PSYC 401 Introduction to Psychology
Choose ONE statistics course4
Applied Biostatistics I
Statistics in Psychology
Science Core Courses
CHEM 411Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences4
BMS 501Microbes in Human Disease4
BMCB 501Biological Chemistry5
Nutrition Core Courses
NUTR 400Nutrition in Health and Well Being4
NUTR 401Professional Perspectives on Nutrition1
NUTR 476Nutritional Assessment4
NUTR 650Life Cycle Nutrition4
Nutrition and Wellness Courses
NUTR 506Nutrition and Wellness4
NUTR 546Nutrition in Exercise and Sports4
NUTR 610Nutrition Education and Counseling4
NUTR 720Community Nutrition4
NUTR 755Treatment of Adult Obesity3
NUTR 758Practicum in Weight Management2
OT 513Stressed Out: The Science and Nature of Human Stress4
ENGL 502Professional and Technical Writing4
or ENGL 503 Persuasive Writing
HMGT 403Introduction to Food Management4
HMP 401United States Health Care Systems4
HMP 501Epidemiology and Community Medicine4
KIN 620Physiology of Exercise4
or KIN 648 Current Issues in Teaching Health
700-level elective4-5
NUTR Capstone
The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning. The capstone requirement may be satisfied through NUTR 720 Community Nutrition or NUTR 755 Treatment of Adult Obesity, a created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, or other special student activity).

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Students admitted to the Nutrition major at UNH are required to declare, and be formally admitted into, one of the following options: Dietetics, Nutritional Sciences, or Nutrition and Wellness. Option descriptions can be found at  Nutrition majors designate an option once they have successfully completed: 1) NUTR 400, 2) NUTR 401, & 3) BMS 507 or CHEM 403 (CHEM 411 for Wellness).

Procedure for Designating an Option in Nutrition

Initial Admission to the major as a First-year or Transfer Student

Students entering the University as first-year or transfer students may declare Nutrition as part of the UNH admission process.  First-year and transfer students who are admitted directly into Nutrition will be assigned an academic faculty advisor who will work with you throughout your course of study.

Declaring the Major as a Continuing Student within UNH

We take pride in delivering a high quality nutrition program with top notch advising and class sizes that allow for excellent interaction with faculty and peers.  To maintain these standards, we have developed policies for accepting internal transfer students into the major:

  • There are two deadlines for admission to the Nutrition major each academic year: October 1 and March 1.  Decisions will be e-communicated no later than November 1 and April 1, respectively.  Qualified students will be admitted to the Dietetics Option on a competitive and space available basis. 
  • All students interested in applying must view the Nutrition Major Information Session video, a recorded presentation that reviews the Internal Transfer Admission Policy and Application, the three Options within the program, careers opportunities, and how to apply for admission to the program.   At the conclusion of the recording instructions are provided to verify participation.  

Transfer Requirements for Existing UNH Students

UNH Nutrition Program Admission Requirements* by Option

When were you admitted to UNH? Before Fall 2016** Fall 2016 or Later
Dietetics Option
GPA Requirement > 3.0 > 3.2
NUTR 400 > B
NUTR 401 Enrolled
BMS 507 or CHEM 403 (**CHEM 411) > C+
Nutrition Sciences AND Nutrition & Wellness Options
NUTR 400 Enrolled > C-
NUTR 401 N/A Enrolled
BMS 507 or CHEM 403 (NutSci)/411(Wellness) N/A > D-

Prior to application, all students must have 1) viewed/attended info session; and 2) earned > 14 UNH credits. Applications are due Oct. 1 for Fall semester and March 1 for Spring semester.


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