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NW-BS - Nutrition and Wellness


Official Name of Program

Nutrition and Wellness

Plan Code


Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

BS - Bachelor of Science



NYSED Program Code

42030 - NW-BS

CIP Code


The Nutrition and Wellness (NW) major is a 40-credit program in the Department of Urban Public Health that provides the wellness focus through nutrition courses, without the emphasis on science requirements. This is a diverse and comprehensive program that prepares students to apply nutrition knowledge towards the improvement of health of populations locally and around the world in non-clinical settings such as farmer's markets, after school programs, and other community sites. The curriculum gives students the opportunity to take a variety of courses such as nutrition through the life cycle, cultural foods, community nutrition, and research methods to name but a few, and acquire knowledge and skills in developing nutrition education to promote health and well-being for diverse communities and populations, in addition to individuals.

The Nutrition and Wellness degree will enable students to actively engage in ever-changing health and wellness environments, whether it be public or private. It prepares students for interesting and challenging career opportunities that allow them to focus on the role of food and nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention by developing education resources for diverse populations, as well as implementing programs and policies in various public and private settings like grocery store chains, health clubs, youth centers, corporate wellness, etc.

Students are admitted to the major both fall or spring semesters and must submit our online NW major application (see admissions section.) Our Fall application opens early September and the Spring application late January.Students may enter junior or senior year upon completion of prerequisites. Major classes are held at the Department of Urban Public Health (UPH) at Hunter's Silberman campus, 2180 Third Avenue (at 119th Street), and typically meet once a week in the mornings or afternoons Monday-Thursday.

Note:The NW at Hunter College is a general Nutrition BS degree, and is not a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) that enables students to work toward the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. At Hunter, this RDN preparation is offered·at the graduate level (MS IPND Program) or, for a small number of select bachelor's students, through the Accelerated BS/MS Nutrition degree.

NW MAJOR APPLICATION: required for both Hunter & incoming transfer students.