Nutrition Minor

Minoring in Nutrition will give you an opportunity to explore the world of eating and living healthy.

This minor helps you understand the basics of nutritional health and why it is important to study in today’s society. A Nutrition minor supports communication skills and analytical and critical thinking.

Benefits of a Nutrition Minor

  1. Explore nutrition and better understand the connection to healthy living
  2. Study current health issues within our society and how they affect nutrition

Nutrition Minor Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

The Nutrition Minor is offered by the Department of Natural Sciences.

Because nutrition plays a critical role in human health, the Nutrition Minor is useful for anyone interested in living a healthy life. The minor is especially valuable for Exercise & Sports Science, Health Science, and Health Psychology majors.

The minor can be earned by completing a total of 20 credits of selected courses offered through multiple departments.

Complete the following courses (12 cr):

Code Course Credits

BIO 1030

Introduction to Nutrition

OR AHS 1620 - Nutrition for Optimal Health and Wellness 3 cr

An introduction to the science of nutrition and the scientific bases for the evaluation of diets. The role of nutrition in health, disease, and aging is emphasized.

This course fulfills a Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Every semester


BIO 3410

Nutrition Assessment

The goal of this course is to introduce students to dietary, biochemical, and anthropometric methods for assessing nutritional status of individuals and groups. The purpose and basic concepts of nutritional assessment will be covered, with applications of these concepts in the nutritional care of clients in clinical, community, and research settings.

Prerequisite: BIO 1030

Spring, odd years


PED 4020

Applied Nutrition and Weight Control

Principles of human nutrition, the metabolism of nutrients during rest and exercise modes; the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and vitamins during rest and exercise; the role of exercise in the energy balance system for weight control; a study of various fad diets for weight control; and the concepts of overweight and obesity will be studied. An individualized project will be included.

Prerequisite: BIO 2012 or consent of instructor.



PSY 3130

Health Psychology

Examination of the biopsychosocial model of health and disease. Topics will include: overviews of behavioral interventions and biofeedback, stress and stress management, pain and pain management, cancer, asthma, weight control and obesity, eating disorders and adherence to medical regimens.

This course fulfills the Social and Behavioral Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: PSY 1012 or instructor permission



And complete a minimum of 8 credits from the following courses (8 cr):

Code Course Credits

AHS 4260

Nutrient Metabolism and Athletic Performance

The course focuses on the mechanisms of energy production and expenditure involved in cellular metabolism with a special emphasis on carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism. Relationships between optimal nutrition and sports and exercise, thermoregulation and fluid balance, and ergogenic aids on physical performance will be covered.

Prerequisite: AHS 3150 and CHE 1041 or CHE 1051



ANT 3210

Anthropology of Food

The relationship between food, culture, and society, and its role in historical and contemporary cultures is now recognized as a serious field of research and scholarship, especially in anthropology and related fields. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, including culinary history, archeology, economics, diet and nutritional studies, as well as cooking demonstrations, guest cooks, and dining, the course will examine the function and meaning of food and cuisine as a way to understand cultural invention and identity, social organization, conflict, and social change.

Fee Lab Fee $50.



BIO 2010

Cell and Molecular Biology

This course provides science majors with the fundamentals of cell and molecular biology. Students study the basics of molecular biology, the flow of genetic information through the cell, its structure, function, metabolism, and regulation. The lab portion of the course will focus on mastery of standard cell and molecular biology techniques while exploring course concepts. This course is intended for science majors and minors only and will not satisfy the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding frame of reference.

Lecture and Lab

Prerequisite: Completion of BIO 1121 and CHE 1041 or CHE 1051 with a "C" or better.

Fee Lab fee $50



CHE 2111

Organic Chemistry I

An introduction to the chemistry of organic compounds. Emphasis is on organic functional groups and their chemical properties, nomenclature and molecular structure. The laboratory introduces students to basic organic laboratory techniques of synthesis, purification and characterization. Lecture (3 hrs.) and lab (4 hrs). Students are strongly recommended to take Organic Problem Solving I (CHE 2113) together with this course.

Prerequisite: CHE 1042 or CHE 1052 with a grade of C or better.

Fee Lab fee $50.



CHE 3011

Biochemistry I

This course provides an introduction to the major classes of biological molecules and their structure, function and metabolism in living systems. Students examine the structure of proteins, their function and their binding to other molecules. Enzymes and their kinetics and mechanisms are covered in detail. This course provides the linkage between the inanimate world of chemistry and the living world of biology.


Prerequisite: CHE 2111 with a grade of "C" or better. CHE 2112 is strongly recommended.



HED 2010

Current Health Issues

Exploration of the aspects of life that have a great impact on your health, in order to develop the decision making skills needed to make intelligent, informed health care choices throughout life. Examines the concept of health and the role and responsibility of individuals for their health. Emphasizes wellness and health promotion and their relationship to the quality of life.

Every semester


PED 1015

Introduction to Health and Physical Activity Promotion

This course is an introduction to health and physical activity promotion in society, communities and schools. Discussion of health and physical activity promotion history, philosophy and ethics, career opportunities, recreation, and athletics are included.



PED 2370

Community Health

A study of current community and world health issues to include an overview of epidemiology, communicable disease, environmental health, health services and consumerism.