Nutrition and Health Sciences

Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science Option

The nutrition, exercise and health science program incorporates an evidenced-based approach to the health-, metabolic-, and performance-related principles that underlie the integration of nutrition and exercise. The program provides the scientific foundations to prepare you for many nationally recognized certification examinations, as well as admission to athletic training and physical therapy graduate programs.

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Program Features

Innovative Curriculum

Engage in challenging curriculum combining multiple sciences along with nutrition and health courses. This program provides comprehensive preparation for study at the graduate level.

Research and Outreach Opportunities

Conduct research alongside expert faculty on one of several nutrition and health topics. Engage in programming and make an impact across the state through the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases or Nebraska Extension.

Global Experiences

Learn about nutrition, exercise, food and culture in Japan or study the sports medicine practices of ancient Greece during faculty-led global experiences.

Notable Courses

NUTR 100 Healthy Living

Various risk factors and personal behaviors that affect health.

NUTR 150 Career Preparation in Nutrition and Health Sciences

Philosophy and goals of academic programs, curricula, certifications, career opportunities and graduate programs in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences.

NUTR 250 Human Nutrition and Metabolism

Introduction to nutrient function in the body, nutrient chemistry and energy metabolism. Role of nutrients in health and disease.

NUTR 384 Biomechanics of Human Movement

Anatomical and mechanical principles as related to human movement.

CHEM 109A/L General Chemistry (and lab)

Introduction to chemical reactions, the mole concept, properties of the states of matter, atomic structure, periodic properties, chemical bonding and molecular structure.

LIFE 120/L Fundamentals of Biology (and lab)

A systems approach to the study of life at the cellular level, investigating cellular structures, chemical processes, cell metabolism, cell division, gene expression and introducing patterns of inheritance.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Husker Athletics
  • Lincoln Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Nebraska Orthopedic Center – Sports Medicine


  • Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

Graduate Schools

  • M.S. Athletic Training, Nebraska
  • M.S. Nutrition and Health Science, Nebraska
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science option within the Nutrition and Health Sciences major, contact us.

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Contact Name
Dijon DeLaPorte
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment