BS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with Emphasis in Human Physiology and Translational Sciences

Degree Program Description

This degree program is highly multidisciplinary, integrating human physiology, nutrition, pathophysiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, biology, sociology/psychology, and related areas to gain both a broad and a deep understanding of the determinants of human health and disease. Due to the department's unique configuration (only department on campus that spans three colleges - School of Medicine, College of Human Environmental Sciences, and College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources), students in this program have access to many researchers and resources represented from each unit. Students selecting this area of study will be well-prepared for health-related careers such as Medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physician's Assistant, as well as for graduate study in Biomedical/Translational Sciences.

The department also offers significant opportunities for undergraduate research, including an opportunity to apply for paid undergraduate research internship opportunities that span the academic year. 

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Major Program Requirements

To transfer into the emphasis area: Human Physiology and Translational Science in the nutrition and exercise physiology program after their first semester on campus, students are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 2.65 and be enrolled in at least one required biology, chemistry, physics, or biochemistry course or one required NEP course. All NEP courses require a grade of C or higher. 

Students must complete all university requirements, including general education, in addition to the degree requirements below.

Science Foundation
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2110
CHEM 2130
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Laboratory I
5
PHYSCS 1210
PHYSCS 1220
College Physics I
and College Physics II
8-10
or PHYSCS 2750
PHYSCS 2760
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Math and Statistics
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3-5
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Introduction to Applied Statistics
Communications Requirement
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
or AGSC_COM 2220 Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Core Curriculum
BIO_SC 2200General Genetics4
BIO_SC 2300Introduction to Cell Biology4
BIOCHM 4270Biochemistry3
BIOCHM 4272Biochemistry3
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
or BIO_SC 3700 Animal Physiology
MPP 4204Medical Pharmacology4
NEP 2340Human Nutrition I3
NEP 2450Nutrition Throughout the Life Span3
NEP 4400Pathophysiology of Diseases Affecting Metabolic Health3
NEP 4950Capstone: Research in Nutritional Sciences2
NEP 4951WNutrition Research Communication - Writing Intensive1
Select 1 option from the two below for your remaining classes
Option 1
NEP 4340Human Nutrition II Lecture3
NEP 4360Nutritional Assessment3
Option 2
NEP 1340Introduction to Exercise and Fitness3
NEP 3450Activity Throughout the Lifespan3
NEP 3850WPhysiology of Exercise - Writing Intensive3
Professional Electives (a minimum of 10 credit hours)
BIOCHM 4974Biochemistry Laboratory5
BIO_SC 4976Molecular Biology3
CHEM 3200Quantitative Methods of Analysis with Lab4
F_S 4310Food Chemistry and Analysis4
F_S 4370Food Microbiology3
MATH 1700Calculus II5
or MATH 2100 Calculus for Social and Life Sciences II
MICROB 3200Medical Microbiology and Immunology4
MPP 4202Medical Physiology4
NEP 2460Eating Disorders3
NEP 3131International Nutrition and Exercise Physiology3-6
NEP 3360Nutritional Assessment Lab2
NEP 4330Human Nutrition II Laboratory2
NEP 4370Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
NEP 4550Exercise is Medicine2
NEP 4590Community Nutrition3
PTH_AS 2201Human Anatomy Lecture3
Electives to equal 120 credit minimum
Additional courses may be required to meet college requirements or career objectives. On-campus research internships are available and highly recommended.

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available. 

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GN_HES 11001BIO_SC 15005
CHEM 13204CHEM 13304
ENGLSH 10003COMMUN 1200 or AGSC_COM 22203
Hist or Pol Sc3Social/Behavioral Science (Psychology class recommended) 3
MATH 1400 or 15003-5 
 14-16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO_SC 22004BIO_SC 23004
CHEM 21003CHEM 21103
NEP 1340 (or Elective)3CHEM 21302
Writing Intensive Course3NEP 23403
Humanities (recommend PHIL 2440 Medical Ethics)3Social/Behavioral Science (Sociology course recommended)3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOCHM 42703BIOCHM 42723
MPP 3202 or BIO_SC 37005ESC_PS 41703
NEP 4360 or 34503NEP 24503
PHYSCS 12104PHYSCS 12204
 Professional Elective3
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
NEP 4340 or 3850W3NEP 44003
NEP 49502NEP 4951W1
MPP 42044General Elective3
Professional Electives3Professional Electives4
Elective3Humanities3
 15 14
Total Credits: 120-122

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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