Nutrition Minor

The Nutrition Minor is designed to accompany majors at Millikin University that prepare students for careers in health and human services or health education and health promotion. The nutrition minor provides students with sound knowledge and practical experience in:

  • identifying nutrition needs across the lifespan,
  • identifying nutrition concerns and challenges in diverse populations, and
  • recognizing financial, sociological, and political factors related to nutrition and nutrition programming.

The Nutrition Minor will prepare the student to be more proactive, efficient and effective in promoting individual health, community health, academic performance, and sport performance through education and mobilization of nutrition-related community resources. Food or animal research, laboratory research, and dietetic program preparation are beyond the scope of this minor.

Learning Outcomes for the Nutrition Minor

Experiences in the minor provide a supportive arena for students to learn and subsequently apply health-related, sport-related, individual and community nutrition concepts into practice to build on the student experience, to promote future professional success, and to promote a personal life of meaning and value through the intrinsic rewards of improving the overall health of the campus and Decatur community.

The Nutrition Minor will broaden the students' education in nutrition and the students' practical experience in applying nutrition concepts. Nutrition is a vital component in health, productivity, and performance and reaches across many professional fields relating to overall health, performance, and education. The Nutrition Minor will help students obtain a more extensive knowledge base and practical skill set.

Required courses for Nutrition Minor

This minor requires a total of 22 credit hours of coursework.

  • CH121/151 General Chemistry (4)
  • BI204 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (4) or BI206 -- Anatomy and Physiology (4)
  • ES328 Health Related Nutrition (3)
  • ES329 Community Nutrition (3)
  • ES330 Practicum in Health Promotions (3)
  • ES440 Sport Nutrition (3)
  • ES443 Community Nutrition and Fitness Practicum (3)

Driver Education Endorsement

To add the Driver Education endorsement to either a secondary or specialist teaching licensure, specific course work is required by the State of Illinois. Specific course work includes a minimum of 24 hours of course work as follows:

Required courses for Driver Education

  • ES130 Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries (3)
  • ES201 Introduction to Driver Education (3)
  • ES202 Introduction to Safety Education (3)
  • ES301 Driver Education Methods (3)
  • ES422 Driver Education Practicum (3)
  • ES423 Advanced Methods in Driver Education (3)

Select any combination of courses to total six credit hours

  • ES140 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid (2)
  • ES160 Personal and Community Health (3)
  • ES200 Drugs in our Society (1)
  • ES402 Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Health Education (3)
  • ES431 Adaptive Physical Education (2)

Health Endorsement

School of Education students may add the Health Endorsement to either a secondary teaching licensure or a specialist-teaching licensure. A minimum of 24 credit hours of health specific course work including 12 credit hours of 300/400 level course work and passing of the Health Content examination is required to add the endorsement to an Illinois teaching license.

Required courses for Health Endorsement

  • ES140 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid (2)
  • ES160 Personal and Community Health (3)
  • ES402 Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Health Education (3)
  • ES428 Topics: Community Health Problems and Practices (3)

Select ten to thirteen credit hours from these courses

  • ES200 Drugs in our Society (1)
  • ES202 Introduction to Safety Education (3)
  • ES321 Health and Pollution (3)
  • ES324 Human Sexuality and Family Life (2)
  • ES325 Growth and Motor Development (2)
  • ES328 Health-Related Nutrition (3)
  • BI102 Human Biology (3)
  • BI102 Biochemistry of Food (3)
  • BI108 Diversity of Life (3)
  • BI130 Environmental Biology (4)
  • BI204 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (4)
  • BI320 Field Ecology for Teachers (4)
  • ED237 Health, Nutrition, and Welfare of Young Children (3)
  • ED314 Physical Development and Health (3)
  • NU102 Medical Terminology (3)
  • IN350 Global Healthcare (3)

Select zero to three credit hours from these courses

  • PS130 Introductory Psychology (3)
  • PS310 Principles of Psychopathology (3)
  • PS340 Lifespan Development (3)
  • CO330 Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • CO331 Relational Communication (3)
  • SO232 Deviant Behavior (3)
  • SO310 Racial and Ethnic Group Relations (3)​