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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(s): Health, Natural and environmental sciences, Social sciences

Degree requirements

Applicant type

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).

Food Systems, Nutrition and Health is a minimum requirements major. You may declare this major after enrolling at the UW and completing the prerequisites. Visit the department website for more information.

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

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

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

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: 195
Total from Washington community colleges: 41

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 5
3.50 – 3.74: 13
3.25 – 3.49: 7
3.00 – 3.24: 6
2.75 – 2.99: 8
2.50 – 2.74: <5
2.49 and below: <5

Career outcomes


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