Health and Wellness Minor

Health and Wellness Minor Contact
Katharine Heida and Stefan Olendrowicz


The goal of the interdisciplinary minor in health and wellness is for students to have concentrated study in the area that can complement their major with a series of courses from outside their discipline. The minor centers on a three-course core, covering the cultural, psychological, and physiological aspects of health and wellness, respectively, and two upper-division electives, selected from a list of chosen courses from various disciplines across campus for students to tailor a focused course of study in human well-being. After completing the minor, students shall be able to:

  • Analyze health and wellness via a cultural lens with sociocultural factors such as race, class, sex, and gender.
  • Apply different research methods for examining health and wellness issues.
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative methods in health and wellness research.
  • Develop sound research skills to be able to read, to interpret, and to implement research in health and wellness.
  • Evaluate cultural systems that give rise to inequities in health and wellness and assess how health and wellness can be constructed culturally and may be potentially biased.
  • Gain knowledge in the dimensions of wellness – physical, occupational, social, spiritual, intellectual, and emotional – and develop strategies within each dimension of wellness to modify lifestyle and to learn, to implement, and to adopt healthy behaviors.
  • Make behavior changes that promote health and well-being; and identify and implement healthy behaviors that enhance the quality of life throughout the lifespan.
  • Promote health and wellness through the implementation of behavioral change and lifestyle medicine.
  • Explore career options in health and wellness, including allied areas such as fitness- and sports-related endeavors.

General Requirements

  1. All upper-division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for a letter grade.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper-division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  4. No more than one upper-division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student’s major and minor programs.
  5. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to be graduated. If the student cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, the student must see a College of Letters & Science advisor.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling.

Lower-Division Required Courses:

DeptCourseCross listingCourse NameUnits
NUSCTX 10 or 10S Introduction to Human Nutrition 3
PHYS ED 1-5 Various Activity Courses (two 0.5 unit courses) 1
PHYS ED 32 Fitness for Life 3
PSYCH * 1 General Psychology 3
PSYCH * W1 General Psychology 3
PSYCH * 2 Principles of Psychology 3

* Choose one of the PSYCH courses.

Upper-Division Courses

Three core courses are required; two courses are electives.

A minimum of five, upper-division courses must be completed that total at least 15 units. Three of the courses must be taken from UC Berkeley. Some courses may have additional prerequisites or require the permission of the instructor.

Upper-Division Required Core Courses

DeptCourseCross listingCourse NameUnits
PHYS ED 121 Health, Wellness, and Culture: A Critical Perspective 3
PHYS ED 177 Wellness for Life 3
PSYCH 162 or C162 Human Happiness 3

Upper-Division Elective Courses

Select two of the following courses, for a minimum of six units. The courses below may be counted in any semester they are offered. One course may be replaced by completing a minimum of three units of thesis, internship (field study), group study, or independent study and research (i.e., 196 Thesis, 197 Field Study, 198 Directed Group Study, or 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research; these courses normally would have a prefix of PHYS ED or PSYCH, but prefixes from other departments are allowed with written approval from the program’s director).*

DeptCourseCross listingCourse NameUnits
AGRS 180 Ancient Athletics 4
ANTHRO 115 Introduction to Medical Anthropology 4
ANTHRO 119 Special Topics in Medical Anthropology 4
ANTHRO 140 The Anthropology of Food 4
ANTHRO 189 Special Topics/Cultural Anthropology: Disability, Ethnography and Design 4
ANTHRO C129F The Archaeology of Health and Disease 4
ASAMST 143AC Asian American Health 3
CHICANO 176 Chicanos and Health Care 3
CYPLAN 117AC Urban & Community Health 3
CYPLAN 120 Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability 3
ECON 157 Health Economics 4
ENGLISH 175 Literature and Disability 4
ENGLISH 180A Autobiography: Disability Memoir 4
ESPM 150 Bodies, Difference, and the Environment 4
ESPM 162 Bioethics and Society 4
ESPM C167 Environmental Health and Development 4
GWS 129 Bodies and Boundaries 4
GWS 130AC Gender, Race, Nation, and Health 4
HISTORY 183A Health and Disease 4
HISTORY C191 Death, Dying, and Modern Medicine: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 4
INTEGBI 114 Infectious Disease Dynamics 4
INTEGBI 128 Sports Medicine 3
INTEGBI 139 The Neurobiology of Stress 4
INTEGBI 147 Biology of Aging 3
INTEGBI 152 Environmental Toxicology 4
INTEGBI 169 Evolutionary Medicine 4
INTEGBI 123AL Exercise Physiology with Laboratory 5
INTEGBI 127L Motor Control with Laboratory 3
INTEGBI C125L PHYS ED C165 Introduction to the Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement 4
INTEGBI C129L PHYS ED C129L Human Physiological Assessment with laboratory 3
INTEGBI C143B PSYCH C116 Hormones and Behavior 3
INTEGBI C195 PB HLTH C117 Introduction to Global Health Disparities Research 2
ISF 100K Health and Development 4
LGBT 146 Cultural Representations of Sexuality 4
LGBT 148 Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality 4
MCELLBI 132 Biology of Human Cancer 4
MCELLBI 165 Neurobiology of Disease 3
NUSCTX 103 Nutrient Function and Metabolism 3
NUSCTX 104 Food, Culture, and the Environment 2
NUSCTX 110 Toxicology 4
NUSCTX 145 Nutrition Education and Counseling 2
NUSCTX 160 Metabolic Bases of Human Health and Diseases 4
NUSCTX 166 Nutrition in the Community 3
NUSCTX 108A Introduction and Application of Food Science 3
NUSCTX 108B Application of Food Science Laboratory 1
NUSCTX 161A Medical Nutrition Therapy 4
NUSCTX 161B Medical Nutrition Therapy II 4
NUSCTX C159 Human Diet 4
NUSCTX W104 Food, Culture, and the Environment AC 3
PB HLTH 103 Drugs, Health, and Society 2
PB HLTH 126 Health Economics and Public Policy 3
PB HLTH 129 The Aging Human Brain 3
PB HLTH 150B Human Health and the Environment in a Changing World 3
PB HLTH C155 SOCIOL C115 Sociology of Health and Medicine 4
PB HLTH C160 Environmental Health and Development 4
PB HLTH W108 Women's Health, Gender, and Empowerment 3
PHYS ED 130 History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity 3
PHYS ED 165 INTEGBI 125L Introduction to Biomechanical Analysis of Movement 4
PHYS ED C129 INTEGBI C129 Human Physiological Assessment 3
PSYCH 117 Human Neuropsychology 3
PSYCH 124 The Evolution of Human Behavior 3
PSYCH 125 The Developing Brain 3
PSYCH 130 Clinical Psychology 3
PSYCH 133 Psychology of Sleep 3
PSYCH 134 Health Psychology 3
PSYCH 135 Treating Mental Illness: Development, Evaluation, and Dissemination 3
PSYCH 137 Mind-Body and Health 3
PSYCH 138 Global Mental Health 3
PSYCH 156 Human Emotion 3
PSYCH 169 Love and Close Relationships 3
PSYCH 166A Cultural Psychology 3
PSYCH C116 INTEGBI C143B Hormones and Behavior 3
SOC WEL 148 Substance Abuse Treatment 2
SOCIOL 117 Sport as a Social Institution 4
SOCIOL 115G Health in a Global Society 4
SOCIOL 139H Selected Topics in Social Inequality: Health & Wealth 4
SOCIOL C115 Sociology of Health and Medicine 4
THEATER 114 Performance Research Workshop 4
THEATER 144 Sources of Movement 3
THEATER 148 Movement Improvisation 3
UGIS 110 Introduction to Disability Studies 3
UGIS 112 Women and Disability 3