Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science

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

Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Science (NEHS) is a very popular option within the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences that incorporates an evidence-based approach to the health-, metabolic-, and performance-related principles that underlie the integration of nutrition and exercise.

The NEHS option leads to a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Education and Human Sciences and is designed for students with diverse interests related to nutrition and exercise including:

  • planning, conducting, and/or management of corporate or agency fitness, health, and wellness programs in a variety of settings
  • preparing for Allied Health professions such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, physician's assistant, occupational therapy, athletic training, and chiropractic programs
  • attending graduate programs in the areas of nutrition, exercise science, or health promotion (For additional examples of potential Career and Employment opportunities available to students in Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences, visit

The NEHS option also provides the scientific foundations to help students qualify and prepare for many nationally recognized certification examinations to further enhance their marketability. (For examples of Certifications in Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences, visit 

UNL Points of Distinction

  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Integrated approach to healthy lifestyles
  • Qualifications for nationally recognized certification examinations from:
    • American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM)
    • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
    • International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN)
    • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
    • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
    • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
    • USA Weightlifting


The Human Performance Laboratory and the Body Composition Laboratory (both located at Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall) 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, resistance training machines, and free weights.

The Wellness Assessment Laboratory (Leverton Hall, Room 211 and online at is directed by Dr. Shinya Takahashi. The lab is equipped with a portable force plate, a bioelectrical impedance (BIA) machine, anthropometric devices, a reflectance photometry blood analysis machine, tri-axial accelerometers, a treadmill, a cycle ergometer, free weights, and a power rack.

The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to creating an environment that is welcoming to all; where each person feels accepted, valued, and safe. To learn more,  visit


  • Medicine
  • Physical therapy, physician 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


Sample 4-Year Plan