Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science

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Program Definition

The nutrition, exercise and health science option is designed for those students interested in planning, conducting and managing health-related fitness and wellness programs in a variety of settings. Graduates are prepared to enter a variety of health/fitness/recreation-related positions such as fitness/wellness programs provided by corporations for their employees; fitness health assessment, and cardiac rehabilitation programs provided by hospitals or medical clinics; programs provided by YMCAs, private health clubs and commercial fitness clubs; government or private agencies which provide health or fitness assessment or lifestyle behavior modification programs for employees or other groups of individuals; and community recreation centers, and other health, fitness or lifestyle related endeavors.


UNL Points of Distinction

  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Integrated approach to healthy lifestyles
  • Qualification for Health Fitness Specialist Certification Exam from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and/or other nationally recognized certification examination including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements can be met with additional course work



The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences is located in Ruth Leverton Hall on East Campus. This facility contains:

  • Specialized laboratories for sensory analysis of food, food preparation, and testing
  • Nutrition research laboratories including state-of-the-art equipment
  • Wellness Assessment Laboratory for anthropometrics, body composition, blood lipids and glucose, and fitness assessments


Program Expections

(What's expected of you as an undergraduate student)
  • Only grades of C or above will count toward graduation requirements for department classes
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA to remain in good standing in the College of Education & Human Sciences


Sample of Curriculum

Along with comprehensive education courses the following are requirements for the Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science option:

Nutrition and Health Sciences (39 credit hours) *Only grades of C or above will count toward graduation requirements for NUTR courses
  • NUTR 100 Nutrition, Exercise and Health
  • NUTR 150 Foundations in Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • NUTR 244 Scientific Principles of Food Preparation
  • NUTR 245 Scientific Principles of Food Prep. Lab.
  • NUTR 250 Human Nutrition & Metabolism
  • NUTR 251 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
  • NUTR 344 Food & Nutrition for Healthy Living
  • NUTR 384 Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • NUTR 401 Health Behavior
  • NUTR 402 Facts and Fiction in Fitness & Foods
  • NUTR 403 Physiological Foundations of Health & Disease
  • NUTR 452 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • NUTR 455 Advanced Nutrition
  • NUTR 484 Physiology of Exercise
  • NUTR 486 Exercise Testing and Exercise Programming in Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • NUTR 488 Practicum in Exercise & Health Behavior Planning
Supporting Sciences (24-25 credit hours)
  • CHEM 109 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 110 General Chemistry II
  • BIOS 214 Nursing Anatomy
  • BIOS 213/213L Human Physiology & Lab
  • CHEM 251 Organic Chem. & CHEM 253 Organic Chem. Lab.
  • BIOC 321 Elements of Biochemistry & BIOC 321L

What's in it for you?

With a degree in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science, careers are possible in:

  • Nutrition/Fitness
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Private Health Clubs
  • Community Health Promotion Programs

Contact Us

For more information on undergraduate programs in the Department of Nutrition & Health Sciences, contact:

Karen Kassebaum
(402) 472-0695