Nutrition Major: Nutrition and Wellness Option (B.S.)

Nutrition Major: Nutrition and Wellness Option (B.S.)

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At UNH, you have three curriculum options (Dietetics Option, Nutrition and Wellness Option, Nutritional Sciences Option) for pursuing a bachelor's degree in nutrition. Students typically declare an option within the nutrition major no later than the second semester of their sophomore year.

Read more about our Nutrition and Wellness option below.

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
University of New Hampshire
Kendall Hall
129 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-2130

Curriculum & Requirements

Nutrition is the study of how nutrients and food components function at molecular, cellular, and whole-body levels to impact human health and disease. Students are grounded in fundamental sciences as they develop nutrition-specific competencies in nutrition and health, foods, nutritional assessment, wellness, life cycle nutrition, and/or metabolic biochemistry.

The nutrition program prepares students for entry-level positions in health care, education, or the biotechnology industry, or entry into post-baccalaureate professional programs. Nutrition faculty have expertise in clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, and food science, as well as assessing risk factors of chronic disease risk (i.e. obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular, cognitive) in diverse populations (pediatric, young adult, older adult).

Students who complete the Nutrition and Wellness option are prepared for jobs in agencies or businesses that have an emphasis on health and wellness, including schools, fitness centers, and non-profit or community organizations.

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
or PSYC 401
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
NUTR 403 Culinary Arts Skills Development 4
OT 513 Stressed Out: The Science and Nature of Human Stress 4
Inquiry course 4
NUTR 506 Nutrition and Wellness 4
BMCB 501 Biological Chemistry 4
Select one of the following: 4
BIOL 528
Applied Biostatistics I
PSYC 402
Statistics in Psychology
SOC 402
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
EXSC 620
or HPE 648
Physiology of Exercise
or Current Issues in Teaching Health
NUTR 650 Life Cycle Nutrition 4
ENGL 502
or ENGL 503
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
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course or Elective 4
Elective (any course) 3-4
NUTR 720 Community Nutrition 4
700-level Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 3-4
 Total Credits128-130

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
BIOL 528
Applied Biostatistics I
PSYC 402
Statistics in Psychology
SOC 402
Science Core Courses
CHEM 411Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences4
BMS 501Microbes in Human Disease4
BMCB 501Biological Chemistry4
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 403Culinary Arts Skills Development4
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
HMP 401United States Health Care Systems4
HMP 501Epidemiology and Community Medicine4
EXSC 620Physiology of Exercise4
or HPE 648 Current Issues in Teaching Health
700-level elective4-5

Nutrition and Wellness Capstone Experience

One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning. The capstone requirement for Wellness students is satisfied through the completion of NUTR 720 Community Nutrition or NUTR 755 Treatment of Adult Obesity during their senior year. 

NOTE: Both NUTR 720 Community Nutrition and NUTR 755 Treatment of Adult Obesity are required courses; one of these courses must be taken during the student's senior year to fulfill the university's capstone requirement.

  • Demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature to make ethical, evidence-based conclusions and decisions.
  • Use current information technologies to locate and apply evidence-based guidelines and protocols.
  • Apply critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication and documentation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural competence/sensitivity.
  • Describe basic concepts of nutritional genomics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and how it is used to generate knowledge in nutrition science.
  • Understand basic concepts of statistical analysis.

Explore Program Details

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 welcome applications from UNH students who wish to transfer to the Nutrition Major from other degree programs. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

The following guidelines will be used in review of submissions from UNH students wishing to transfer into the Nutrition Program.

Transfer Requirements for Existing UNH Students

All students wishing to transfer into the Nutrition Program must have:

  1. Earned a minimum of 12 UNH credits
  2. Completed or be enrolled in NUTR 400 and NUTR 401

All students may transfer into one of the following:

  • Nutrition: No Option
  • Nutrition: Nutrition & Wellness
  • Nutrition: Nutritional Sciences

Students interested in transferring into the Nutrition: Dietetics Option, must also meet the following 3 requirements:

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.2
  2. Minimum earned grade in introductory nutrition (e.g. NUTR 400) = B
  3. Minimum earned grade in one semester of chemistry w/lab or anatomy/physiology with lab = C+

To facilitate a change of major into Nutrition, students will submit an application requesting the transfer from another degree program.


Students admitted to the Nutrition major at UNH are required to declare, and be formally admitted into, one of the following options:

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). The Fall and Spring semester deadlines are September 15th and February 15th, respectively.

Option Application for Current Nutrition Majors

CHANAS is a wonderful venue for those interested in undergraduate and graduate research projects. Each semester UNH students work as research assistants for the project and, in the process, gain valuable research and clinical skills. 


Advising is available for UNH students, alumni, and post baccalaureates pursuing health professional careers.

The Pre-Health Advising Office provides support throughout the process of preparing for health professions school from advising on the courses they should take to helping navigate through the complex steps of the application process.

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