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Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Department of Kinesiology

Human Nutrition Minor
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The Human Nutrition Minor examines the effects of diet and food on health and disease in human individuals and at the population level. Fundamental and applied knowledge in human nutrition is deemed crucial for a variety of health professions. The study of nutrition includes investigations of cellular metabolism and physiological responses to nutrients, the impact of diet on chronic disease risk, and examinations of food choices in populations.  As such, the study of nutrition is multidisciplinary, but at the core requires a fundamental understanding of biochemistry and physiology. The kinesiology core includes physiology, biochemistry, and nutrition courses and the minor is designed to provide these fundamentals followed by the application of the basic concepts of nutrition to various aspects of health and disease.

The Human Nutrition Minor is open to University of Waterloo students who wish to obtain some specialization in nutrition.


* Transfer course equivalency, topic of independent study, research projects and essay courses, must be approved in advance by the course supervisor and associate chair, undergraduate studies. 

Degree Requirements 

  1. Students must be in an honours or three- or four-year general program at the University of Waterloo.  
  2. Normally, a maximum of 2.5 units (5 courses) obtained on a Letter of Permission or in transfer credit may be applied toward fulfillment of the Human Nutrition Minor course requirements. These courses must be equivalent to courses listed in the course requirements (including any prerequisites) as assessed by the department offering the replaced course.
  3. Successful completion of 5.0 units from the following requirements:


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