Nutrition and Health Sciences

Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science Option

This unique integration of nutrition and exercise programs emphasizes an evidenced-based approach to learn about how our health, metabolism and performance can be improved. The program provides the scientific foundations to prepare you for many nationally recognized certification examinations, as well as admission to health professional graduate programs such as physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, chiropractic, athletic training, dietetics and more.

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Program Features

Innovative Curriculum

Engage in rigorous curriculum combining multiple sciences along with nutrition and exercise courses while having flexible elective hours built in. This program provides comprehensive preparation for study at the graduate level.

Research and Outreach Opportunities

Conduct research alongside expert faculty on several nutrition, exercise, and health topics. Research opportunities are available in the areas of muscle function and sports nutrition as well as aerobic and resistance exercise responses. 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 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

Learn about fundamental aspects of nutrient chemistry, function and metabolism related to health and diseases.

NUTR 384 Biomechanics of Human Movement

Learn about anatomical and mechanical aspects of human movements.

NUTR 455 Advanced Nutrition

Learn about advanced-level of biochemical and physiological aspects of human nutrition.

NUTR 484 Physiology of Exercise

Learn about acute and chronic physiological responses to the human body.

NUTR 486 Exercise Testing and Exercise Programming in Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation

Learn about exercise testing methods for aerobic exercise, resistance exercise, and health-related outcomes.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Husker Athletics
  • Local physical therapy clinics
  • Local healthcare systems


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

Graduate Schools

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • M.S. Athletic Training, Nebraska
  • M.S. Professional Studies in Dietetics specialization, Nebraska
  • M.S. Nutrition and Health Science, Nebraska
  • BSN, Nursing, 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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Dijon DeLaPorte
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Director of Recruitment