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).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Third Friday of each quarter.
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Courses required for the major:

Upon completion of the following students may declare the major every quarter:

  1. NUTR 200 NSc – Nutrition for Today or equivalent
  2. English composition (5 credits) with minimum 2.0 grade
  3. Minimum 45 college credits required
  4. Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA required
  • See department website for more information.

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