BSHES in Nutritional Sciences with Emphasis in Nutrition and Fitness

Degree Program Description

Graduates of this program are prepared for employment in fitness and community nutrition or to continue in graduate studies in a variety of areas, including exercise science. Many students move into the health professions fields from this degree or seek out additional certifications. This is a rapidly expanding area with opportunities in corporate and commercial industries, government and non-profit sectors. Typical employment responsibilities include fitness assessment, lifestyle intervention education, health and wellness, exercise supervision and program administration.  Students also use this degree as a base to apply to programs in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physicians Assistant or Graduate School.  Our graduates are also qualified to sit for the following certifications without any additional courses beyond our core requirements: ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C), ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM CPT), ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor (ACSM GEI), NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

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Major Program Requirements

Students desiring to declare Nutrition and Fitness as a major are required to have earned a minimum overall GPA of 2.65, including completion of the following courses or their equivalents with a minimum grade as noted: "C" or higher in Biology (BIO_SC 1010/BIO_SC 1020 or BIO_SC 1500), MPP 3202 Elements of Physiology and PTH_AS 2201 Human Anatomy Lecture and NEP 1340 Introduction to Exercise and Fitness.  And a "C-" or higher in CHEM 1320 College Chemistry I, CHEM 2030 Survey of Organic Chemistry and MATH 1100 College Algebra.

BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
MATH 1100College Algebra3
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
NEP 1340Introduction to Exercise and Fitness3
PTH_AS 2201Human Anatomy Lecture3

Prior to achieving these requirements, students will be considered “Pre-Nutrition and Fitness” and are not eligible to take upper-level Nutrition and Fitness courses.  Students must complete all university requirements, including general education, in addition to the degree requirements below.

Science Foundation

BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
BIOCHM 3630General Biochemistry3
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 2030Survey of Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 2130Organic Laboratory I (recommended)2
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
PTH_AS 2201Human Anatomy Lecture3
PTH_AS 2203Human Anatomy Laboratory (recommended)2
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or STAT 1400 Elementary Statistics for Life Sciences
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics

Emphasis Core Requirements

Nutritional Sciences
NEP 2340Human Nutrition I3
NEP 2380Diet Therapy for Health Professionals3
NEP 2450Nutrition Throughout the Life Span3
NEP 4970Nutrition Capstone: Sports Nutrition2
Exercise Physiology
HTH_PR 4250Human Kinesiology3
NEP 1340Introduction to Exercise and Fitness3
NEP 1485Career Exploration in Exercise Science1
NEP 3450Activity Throughout the Lifespan3
NEP 3550Corporate, Community, and Personal Fitness3
NEP 3850Physiology of Exercise3
NEP 4200Sports Performance and Conditioning3
NEP 4860Exercise Prescription3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
Supporting Area
A minimum of three different classes must be taken from the following list of courses. Only one course can be taken outside of the NEP area. Be sure to check for course prerequisites before enrolling. 9
Electives to equal 120 credit minimum
Organic chem lab, anatomy lab and 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
GN_HES 11001ENGLSH 10003
BIO_SC 1500 or 1010 and 10205CHEM 13204
MATH 11003NEP 14851
NEP 13403Hist or Pol Sc3
HES Foundation Course3Humanities3
 15 14
Second Year
CHEM 20303BIOCHM 36303
CHEM 2130 (recommended)2MPP 32025
COMMUN 12003NEP 23403
PTH_AS 2203 (recommended)2Social/Behavioral (recommend NEP 2222)3
PTH_AS 22013 
Social/Behavioral (PSYCH 1000)3 
 16 14
Third Year
NEP 23803NEP 24503
NEP 34503NEP 35503
NEP 38503NEP 42003
Statistics Course3Elective3
Humanities3Supporting Area3
 15 15
Fourth Year
HTH_PR 42503NEP 48603
NEP 49702Supporting Area3
Supporting Area3Electives9
HES Foundation Writing Intensive3-4 
 16-17 15
Total Credits: 120-121

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Degree Audit

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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 would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success 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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