Food Systems, Nutrition, & Health

School of Public Health

Food Systems, Nutrition and Health provides students with a foundation of knowledge in nutritional sciences, food systems, food studies, and population health. Through an examination of food and nutrition policies and practices that affect sustainable diets and long-term health, students will gain a multidisciplinary perspective of the food environment, including the interplay of food and nutrition, human behavior, business, culture, and the environment.

Major category: Minimum Requirements

Topic: Social sciences, Health, Natural sciences

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admission to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline:
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major has minimum admission requirements.

Suggested first- and second-year courses: biology, chemistry, composition or writing, and courses that satisfy the interdisciplinary breadth requirement for the major.

  1. NUTR 200 NSc – Nutrition for Today
  2. English composition (5 credits) with minimum 2.0 grade
  3. Minimum 45 college credits required
  4. Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA required
  5. Upon completion of the above, students may declare the major every quarter

Departmental application is due the third Friday of each quarter. See department website for more information.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • English Composition
  • NUTR 200 NSc – Nutrition for Today (or equivalent)

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 244
Total from Washington community colleges: 52

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 11
3.50 – 3.74: 12
3.25 – 3.49: 12
3.00 – 3.24: 6
2.75 – 2.99: 6
2.50 – 2.74: 5
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes