Dr. Lilian de Jonge
Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
The minor in nutrition offers a variety of courses for students pursuing undergraduate degrees at George Mason University. The minor is intended to increase knowledge of nutrition issues and complements degrees related to nutrition, health, education, and more. Students enrolled in the nutrition minor can also use the skills to better understand their own nutritional needs and improve their health.
The nutrition minor provides students with a foundation for understanding nutrition education for a variety of populations; community nutrition and the specific health issues faced in different community settings; the nutritional needs throughout a person's life (from pregnancy to the elderly); and nutritional therapy and prevention as it relates to chronic disease.
Students are required to take an introductory nutrition course before beginning the coursework in the 15-credit nutrition minor. The nutrition minor's curriculum, including descriptions of the required courses, is available in Mason's University Catalog.
A minor in nutrition is designed to supplement other coursework and increase a student's knowledge in the nutrition and food studies field. While career opportunities may vary based on the major field of study, previous graduates have gone on to work as nutrition educators, health educators, or in other positions in public health nutrition.