Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science

Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science Bachelor of Science (BS)

The nutrition, exercise and health science program may be a good fit if you are interested in planning, conducting and managing health-related fitness and wellness programs in a variety of settings. We offer an integrated approach to healthy lifestyles and access to top faculty.

This program is also an appropriate vehicle for premedical, predental, prechiropractic and prephysical therapy majors who may be able to obtain a degree in nutrition and simultaneously meet entrance requirements for a professional program.

With additional course work beyond the requirements of this specific program, you can also meet requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics.

Majoring in nutrition, exercise and health science can also help you prepare to qualify for Health Fitness Specialist Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and/or other nationally recognized certification examinations, including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)


  • Nutrition / fitness
  • Sports nutrition
  • Corporate wellness
  • Private health clubs
  • Community health promotion programs

Application to this program


Bachelor of Science 4-Year Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
LIFE 120 Fundamentals of Biology I 3 cr
LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I Laboratory 1 cr
MATH 102 or MATH 103 or MATH 106 2-5 cr
NUTR 100 Nutrition, Exercise and Health 3 cr
PSYC 181 Introduction to Psychology 4 cr
FITN 180 Intro to Personal and Group Exercise 1 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
LIFE 121 Fundamentals of Biology II 3 cr
LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory 1 cr
NUTR 150 Foundations in Nutrition and Health Promotion 1 cr
NUTR 250 Human Nutrition and Metabolism 3 cr
ACE 1 3 cr
ACE 2 3 cr
Total Credits 14

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
BIOS 213 Human Physiology 3 cr
BIOS 213L Human Physiology 1 cr
CHEM 109 General Chemistry I 4 cr
NUTR 244 Scientific Principles of Food Preparation 3 cr
ACE 5 3 cr
Elective 1 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
BIOS 214 Human Anatomy 5 cr
CHEM 110 General Chemistry II 4 cr
NUTR 253 Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition 3 cr
ACE 7 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr
CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1 cr
NUTR 344 Food and Nutrition for Healthy Living 3 cr
NUTR 384 Biomechanics of Human Movement 3 cr
STAT 218 or EDPS 459 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 16
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
BIOC 321 Elements of Biochemistry 3 cr
BIOC 321L Laboratory for Elements of Biochemistry 1 cr
FITN 222 Intro to Personal Training 2 cr
NUTR 401 Health Behavior 3 cr
NUTR 484/884 Physiology of Exercise 3 cr
ACE 8 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
NUTR 453 Nutrition and Fitness Communication Strategies 3 cr
NUTR 455 Advanced Nutrition 3 cr
NUTR 486/886 Exercise Testing and Exercise Programming in Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation 4 cr
Electives 6 cr
Total Credits 16
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
NUTR 402 Health Information: Science, Media, and the Consumer 3 cr
NUTR 488 Practicum in Exercise and Health Behavior Planning 3 cr
Electives 6-9 cr
Total Credits 12


This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic adviser. Advisers also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.