The minor in nutrition is intended to increase knowledge of nutrition issues for students from all disciplines. Students pursuing degrees related to nutrition, health, and education may be interested in completing this minor.

Note: This minor is not equivalent to the registered dietitian license and does not provide a license to practice therapeutic nutrition.


To complete the minor, students are required to pass at least 15 credits of undergraduate coursework. At least 6 credits must be completed at Mason, and no more than 3 credits of C- or D in the minor are accepted.

Students should be familiar with university-wide requirements for minors described in AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: NUTR

Minor Requirements

Total credits: minimum 15

Students are required to take an introductory nutrition course such as NUTR 295 Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core) before beginning coursework in this minor.

Required Courses

NUTR 420Strategies for Nutrition Education 13
NUTR 421Community Nutrition 13
NUTR 422Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle3
NUTR 423Nutrition and Chronic Illnesses3
Total Credits12


Select at least three credits from the following list:3-4
Chemistry for Changing Times (Mason Core)
General Biochemistry I
Nutrition and Weight Management: Obesity, Anorexia, and Bulimia
Food and Culture
Global Health (Mason Core)
Health and Environment
Health Program Planning and Evaluation
Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)
Social Psychology (Mason Core)
Other course as approved by advisor
Total Credits3-4