Nutrition Major: Health and Wellness Option (B.S.) (2024)

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

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The nutrition program celebrated 100 years of graduates in 2022 and commemorated the milestone with special events and stories throughout the year. Learn more here.

At UNH, you have three curriculum options (Dietetics Option, Health 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 thesecond semester of their sophom*oreyear.

Read more about our Health and Wellness option below.

What is health and wellness?

Health 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 health and wellness at UNH?

The health 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


Gretchen Arnold

Program Coordinator | Nutrition

Clinical Associate Professor


Phone: (603) 862-3083

Office: Agriculture, Nutrition & Food Systems, Kendall Hall Rm 125, Durham, NH 03824
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    Noah Hopkins '24

    Harnessing his own experience to build a career helping others

    Noah Hopkins ’24 is a nutrition and wellness major from Bath, Maine. A type 1 diabetes diagnosis when he was 4 years old has fueled Noah’s interest in health and nutrition, and his experience at UNH is preparing him for a career helping people living with the disease.

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    N.H. Governor Recognizes Nutrition Program Milestone

    Issues Commendation for 100 Years of Graduates

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    Bobby Kasmire '23

    "Food is supposed to be fun"

    Bobby Kasmire is a nutrition major: nutrition and wellness option from Southbury, Connecticut.

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    Precious Chigwada '24

    Hitting the ground running in her first year

    Precious Chigwada ’24 is a nutrition: dietetics major from Newmarket, New Hampshire who is busy enjoying her classes, taking advantage of exciting opportunities within her major and preparing for a successful career as a registered dietitian.

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    Sophie Kenny '19, '20G, '22G

    Diving into Diet and Mental Health

    Sophie Kenny '19, '20G, '22G earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition: nutrition and wellness and a graduate certificate in the didactic program in dietetics from UNH and is now a master’s student in nutritional sciences at the university.

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Curriculum & Requirements

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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, research, or the biotechnology industry, or entry into post-baccalaureate professional programs. Nutrition faculty have expertise in clinical nutrition, telehealth, epidemiology, 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 Health and Wellness option are prepared for jobs in agencies or businesses that have an emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion, including schools, employee wellness agencies, fitness centers, and non-profit or community organizations.

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Nutrition and Wellness

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
NUTR400 Nutrition in Health and Well Being 4
NUTR401 Professional Perspectives on Nutrition 1
BMS507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4

or PSYC401

Introductory Sociology

or Introduction to Psychology

ENGL401 First-Year Writing 4
NUTR476 Nutritional Assessment 4
BMS508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HMP401 United States Health Care Systems 4
Discovery course 4
Second Year
CHEM411 Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences 4
NUTR403 Culinary Arts Skills Development 4
Inquiry course 4
Elective 4
NUTR506 Nutrition and Wellness 4
BMCB501 Biological Chemistry 4
Select one of the following: 4


Applied Biostatistics I


Statistics in Psychology


Elective (WI) 4
Third Year
NUTR546 Nutrition in Exercise and Sports 4
NUTR610 Nutrition Education and Counseling 4
BMS501 Microbes in Human Disease 4
NUTR Elective or Discovery Course 4
NUTR650 Life Cycle Nutrition 4
NUTR Elective or Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 4
Elective (any course) 4
Fourth Year
NUTR755 Concepts and Controversies in Weight Management 3
NUTR758 Practicum in Nutrition and Wellness 2
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course or Elective 4
600-Level or 700-Level Elective or Elective (any course) 3-4
NUTR720 Community Nutrition 4
600-level or 700-level Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 3-4
Total Credits128-130

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits

Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH

Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*

Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements

Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

A minimum grade of C-minus or better must be earned in all NUTR courses required by the major.

Course List
Code Title Credits
Foundation Courses
BMS507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
SOC400Introductory Sociology4
orPSYC401 Introduction to Psychology
Choose ONE statistics course4


Applied Biostatistics I


Statistics in Psychology


Science Core Courses
CHEM411Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences4
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
BMS501Microbes in Human Disease4
BMCB501Biological Chemistry4
Nutrition Core Courses
NUTR400Nutrition in Health and Well Being4
NUTR401Professional Perspectives on Nutrition1
NUTR476Nutritional Assessment4
NUTR650Life Cycle Nutrition4
Nutrition and Wellness Courses
NUTR403Culinary Arts Skills Development4
NUTR506Nutrition and Wellness4
NUTR546Nutrition in Exercise and Sports4
NUTR610Nutrition Education and Counseling4
NUTR720Community Nutrition4
NUTR755Concepts and Controversies in Weight Management3
NUTR758Practicum in Nutrition and Wellness2
HMP401United States Health Care Systems4
NUTR Elective4
600-level or 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 ofNUTR720 Community Nutrition or NUTR755 Concepts and Controversies in Weight Managementduring their senior year.

BothNUTR720and NUTR755are required courses; one of these courses must be taken during the student's senior year to fulfill the university's capstone requirement.

  • Locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature to make ethical, evidence-based conclusions and decisions.
  • Apply critical thinking skills.
  • Deliver effective and professional oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrate cultural humility, awareness of personal biases and an understanding of cultural difference they contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Articulate aspects of nutrition and wellness for various populations across the lifespan.
  • Discuss the impact of policies and guidelines on food and nutrition services.

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  • Gretchen Arnold

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Program Coordinator | Nutrition


    Phone: (603) 862-3083

  • Sherman Bigornia



    Phone: (603) 862-2413

    Research Interests

  • Jennifer Chadbourne



    Phone: (603) 862-2231

  • Maria Carlota Dao

    Assistant Professor


    Phone: (603) 862-4723

    Research Interests

  • Maggie Dylewski Begis


    Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics


    Phone: (603) 862-4524

  • Noereem Mena

    Assistant Professor


    Phone: (603) 862-1394

    Research Interests

  • Jesse Stabile Morrell


    Associate Chair

    Director | UNH in Italy


    Phone: (603) 862-2547

    Research Interests

  • Amy Taetzsch


    Director of Masters of Science with Dietetic Internship


    Phone: (603) 862-3280

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.

Change of Major Requirements for Existing UNH Students

We welcome UNH students who wish to declare the Nutrition Major or change their majorfrom other degree programs. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; see below for entry requirements.

What Are the Steps to CHANGE My Major?

To facilitate a change of major into Nutrition, students should complete two steps*:

1) Submit an application requesting the transfer from another degree program. This online application is then reviewed by the program coordinator. Students are assigned an academic faculty advisor who will work with you throughout your course of study.

2) Request to change your major in Webcat. Atutorial for the process of changing a majoris available.


Current UNH students wishing to change their major and join 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+

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

  • Dietetics
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Health and Wellness

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.


Nutrition Departmental Honors

Nutrition Minor

Field Experience (NUTR 600)

UNH-in-Italy Study Abroad

Nutritional Sciences MS

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.

Register with Pre-Professional Health Office


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