BS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with Emphasis in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Human Performance

Degree Program Description

**This emphasis has recently undergone a name change to better describe the focus; it was previously known as Nutrition and Fitness.

This program is for students with a passion for health and wellness, evidence-based science, helping other people, and learning how and why physical activity and nutrition impact human performance. Students earning this degree are well-prepared for employment opportunities that include fitness assessment, lifestyle intervention education, health and wellness, exercise supervision and program administration in schools, businesses and hospitals, health education, and promotion and entry-level positions in cardiac and pulmonary or spine rehab. This is a rapidly expanding area with opportunities in corporate and commercial industries, government, and non-profit sectors.

Graduates of this program are qualified to sit for the following certifications without any additional courses or education 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.

In addition to the job opportunities listed above, past graduates of this area have continued their studies in a variety of areas such as graduate school for Exercise Science/Physiology, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician's Assistant, Chiropractic, Nursing, or applied to Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy school.

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Major Program Requirements

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with emphasis in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Human Performance does not require an application or have a pre-program status. Students may declare the major and emphasis area by indicating it when they apply to MU and transition directly into the program. After the first semester at MU, students must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA (term and CUM) to declare the program. The student will need to complete a transfer of division form or if a current student in another program within the department or college of HES, notify their advisor and/or HES Student Services of their wishes. There are specific grade requirements for most courses within the emphasis, these are outlined on the degree requirement sheet and noted on the degree audit. 

C or higher:  BIO_SC 1010/BIO_SC 1020 or BIO_SC 1500, MPP 3202 or BIO_SC 3700, PTH_AS 2201( or the equivalent). All NEP courses (unless noted below)                         

C- or higher: CHEM 1320, CHEM 2030 or CHEM 2100, NEP 3850W

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 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

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

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via 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

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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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