Nutrition, minor

Program Overview

How can we use nutrition to optimize athletic performance? How do dietary patterns differ across cultures? How does socioeconomic status impact food availability and dietary patterns? How do government policies impact consumer food options and choices? How can I create a food related business that is profitable and serves my community? If these types of questions intrigue you, or you are interested in developing a healthy, balanced lifestyle and helping others do the same, consider adding a nutrition minor.

The minor program in nutrition from PLNU features a comprehensive study of the fundamental principles of food, nutritional requirements, physiology, business, and community. Students choose from 1 of 3 emphases including: Sports Nutrition, Community Nutrition, or Food Services. You'll also benefit from taking courses that aim to strategically combine theory with practical application centered around professional preparedness.

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Matt Arnold

Matt Arnold wants to work in many areas of the food service industry from being a cook to management in restaurants with different atmospheres and cuisines before reaching his goal of opening his own restaurant.

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Course List

For information about the courses required for the Nutrition, minor program, view the PLNU Catalog. 

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Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

With an increasing global awareness of how decisions around food directly affect health and well-being, there is a greater demand for professionals with in-depth knowledge about nutrition. Department of Kinesiology graduates are sought out because of their deeply rooted passion for serving people and promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

A minor in nutrition can be a useful complement to a variety of careers, including:

  • Hospital Dietitian
  • Food Preparation Facility Manager
  • Nutritionist
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Food Science Researcher
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