Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science


Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science program option may be a good fit for students interested in planning, conducting, and managing fitness, health, and wellness programs in a variety of settings. This program option will also prepare students for graduate research programs in the areas of nutrition, exercise, or health sciences.

Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences is appropriate for students who are preparing to enter professional health schools (e.g., pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-occupational therapy, and pre-chiropractic). Students will earn a bachelor’s degree in Education and Health Sciences (B.S.) with the Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science option. With additional required and recommended courses, students may simultaneously meet entrance requirements for professional health programs.

Majoring in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science may also help students prepare or qualify for nationally-recognized certification examinations, such as the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and/or Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as the Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

UNL Points of Distinction

  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Integrated approach to healthy lifestyles
  • Qualification for Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) 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

Facilities

The Human Performance Laboratory (Mabel Lee Hall, room 141) and the Body Composition Laboratory (Mabel Lee Hall, room 151) are directed by Dr. Terry J. Housh. These laboratories are equipped with an underwater weighing tank, spirometers, metabolic carts, isokinetic dynamometers, analog/digital converters for surface electromyography and mechanomyography, cycle ergometers, treadmills, and resistance training machines and free weights.


The Neuromuscular Research & Imaging Laboratory (Leverton Hall, room 211) is directed by Dr. Joel T. Cramer and is equipped with a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometer (DXA), ultrasound, isokinetic dynamometer, peripheral nerve stimulator, analog/digital converters for surface electromyography and mechanomyography, and resistance training machines and free weights.

 

The Sports and Exercise Nutrition Lab (Leverton Hall, room 207) is directed by Dr. Karsten Koehler. The lab is equipped to conduct a variety of clinical and metabolic measures at rest and during exercise. Available equipment includes a metabolic cart, a state-of the art bicycle ergometer, a research grade treadmill, bioimpedance analyzer, a wet-lab area for processing and storage of biological specimen, a hematology analyzer, and clinical data assessment workstations.


The Wellness Assessment Laboratory (Leverton Hall, room 108) is directed by Dr. Shinya Takahashi.  The lab is equipped with a portable force plate, a bioelectrical impedance (BIA) machine, anthropometric measurement devices, a reflectance photometry blood analysis machine, tri-axial accelerometers, a treadmill, a cycle ergometer, free weights and a power rack.

Careers

  • Medicine
  • Physical therapy, physician's assistant and other health professions
  • Research and graduate programs
  • Sports nutrition
  • Exercise physiology
  • Corporate fitness and wellness
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Personal training

Application to this program

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Sample 4-Year Plan