New Students

Orientation

Welcome New Students!

Congratulations on your admission to UC Davis and welcome to the Department of Nutrition!

If you have not already completed Aggie 101 and reviewed the information for new students provided by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, you should do so before moving on to this page.

If you are a declared nutrition major, you will have an individual appointment with your Major Advisor as part of remote Aggie Advising (June 12 - July 31). During your appointment you will be able to ask specific questions about academic planning. In the meantime, the following recommendations will help you create your first quarter schedule as a nutrition major.

If you are interested in changing your major to a subject other than nutrition, the earliest that you can do this officially is Winter Quarter. In the meantime, contact the advisors for the major you plan to pursue for help with academic planning.

Calendars

First Quarter Schedule Recommendations

Freshmen

Freshmen take 12-14 units your first quarter (approximately 3-4 classes).

  • Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)
  • If you did not fulfill the ELWR, you should take the course that you tested into. This may be an ELWR course or UWP 21/22.

    If you fulfilled the ELWR, you are not required to take an English Composition course your first quarter at UCD.
  • Chemistry
  • Take CHE 2A or WLD 41C as indicated by your Chemistry Placement Exam score.
  • First Elective
  • Choose any non-science class that interests you. You can review course descriptions in the UC Davis General Catalog or Schedule Builder. As a freshman, you should only take courses numbered 1-99. Some options for this elective can be a non-science course in your major, an Arts and Humanities GE, or a Social Sciences GE.

    Don’t take a course that is labeled a Writing Experience (WE) GE if you have not fulfilled the ELWR.
  • Second Elective (optional)
  • You can choose to take a fourth class if you have not exceeded the 14 unit maximum recommended.

    Choose any non-science class that interests you. You can review course descriptions in the UC Davis General Catalog or Schedule Builder. As a freshman, you should only take courses numbered 1-99. Some options for this elective can be a non-science course in your major, an Arts and Humanities GE, or a Social Sciences GE.

    Don’t take a course that is labeled a Writing Experience (WE) GE if you have not fulfilled the ELWR.

Transfers

Transfer students take 12-14 units your first quarter (approximately 3-4 classes).  If you are a declared nutrition major entering UC Davis for the first time in Fall Quarter, your Major Advisors will verify which courses they accepted towards your nutrition major requirements before registration for Fall begins (Aug. 10-19). Keep an eye out for this notification sent to your UC Davis e-mail address from OASIS.

  • Prerequisite Science Courses
  • If you did not complete your General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Cellular Biology courses before transferring, plan to take these courses at UCD your first year.
  • Courses listed in Fall Quarter of Junior Year on the Sample 4-Year Plan of the nutrition major you plan to complete
  • If you completed your General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Cellular Biology courses before transferring, you are ready to start the Fall Quarter classes listed in Junior Year on the Sample 4-Year Plan of the nutrition major you plan to complete.

Reminders

  • You do not need to be in a specific major to take a class, you only need to meet the prerequisites. If a class is closed to specific majors in Pass 1, you can attempt to register for the class during Pass 2 or Schedule Adjustment.
  • Courses that are offered in early mornings, late afternoons or evenings will have less demand. If you really want to take a specific class in Fall Quarter, look to these sections to improve your chances of finding a seat.
  • Registration continues through the first 2 weeks of instruction. If you’re trying to add a popular class, you may have to wait until your Pass 2 appointment to be able to get on a waitlist.

Major Advising

Advising Appointments

If you have follow-up questions for your Major Advisor after your initial advising appointment, please feel free to contact them directly beginning Aug. 3.

In-person appointments are not available during the partial closure due to COVID-19.

Student with last names beginning with A - Lh are assigned Major Advsior:
Martha Amesquita
3202 Meyer Hall, (530) 752-2512, nutritionadvising@ucdavis.edu
Schedule an advising appointment

Students with last names beginning with Li - Z are assigned Major Advisor:
Jason Wong
3202 Meyer Hall, (530) 752-7094, nutritionadvising@ucdavis.edu
Schedule an advising appointment

Drop-In Peer Advising

Peer Advisors in our office are typically juniors or seniors studying nutrition. They can answer general questions and can give you an insight on what it’s like to study nutrition at UC Davis. Peer Advisors will also refer you to other advisors on-campus as needed.

In-person appointments are not available during the partial closure due to COVID-19. If you would like a phone or remote appointment with a Peer Advisor, please e-mail nutritionpeer@ucdavis.edu.

Advising Hours:
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
3202 Meyer Hall
(530) 752-4657
nutritionpeer@ucdavis.edu
Schedule an advising appointment

How to get Involved

New Student Resources

Clinical Nutrition Major
Nutrition Science (Nutritional Biology Option) Major
Nutrition Science (Nutrition in Public Health Option) Major
Pre-Health Students

While the nutrition majors are excellent preparation for a career in the health professions, a specific major isn’t required to attend a professional school after graduation. There are specific courses that you should take before applying to a professional school. If you would like to compare these requirements to your major requirements, visit Health Professions Advising for a list of prerequisite courses and additional information.