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.
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.
& BIO_SC 1020
|General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
and General Biology Laboratory
|or BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory|
|BIOCHM 3630||General Biochemistry||3|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 2030||Survey of Organic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 2130||Organic Laboratory I (recommended)||2|
|MPP 3202||Elements of Physiology||5|
|PTH_AS 2201||Human Anatomy Lecture||3|
|PTH_AS 2203||Human Anatomy Laboratory (recommended)||2|
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning||3|
|or ESC_PS 4170||Introduction to Applied Statistics|
Emphasis Core Requirements
|NEP 2340||Human Nutrition I||3|
|NEP 2380||Diet Therapy for Health Professionals||3|
|NEP 2450||Nutrition Throughout the Life Span||3|
|NEP 4970||Nutrition Capstone: Sports Nutrition||2|
|HTH_PR 4250||Human Kinesiology||3|
|NEP 1340||Introduction to Exercise and Fitness||3|
|NEP 1485||Career Exploration in Exercise Science||1|
|NEP 3450||Activity Throughout the Lifespan||3|
|NEP 3550||Corporate, Community, and Personal Fitness||3|
|NEP 3850||Physiology of Exercise||3|
|NEP 4200||Sports Performance and Conditioning||3|
|NEP 4860||Exercise Prescription||3|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|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.|
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.
|GN_HES 1100||1||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|BIO_SC 1500 or 1010 and 1020||5||CHEM 1320||4|
|MATH 1100||3||NEP 1485||1|
|NEP 1340||3||Hist or Pol Sc||3|
|HES Foundation Course||3||Humanities||3|
|CHEM 2030||3||BIOCHM 3630||3|
|CHEM 2130 (recommended)||2||MPP 3202||5|
|COMMUN 1200||3||NEP 2340||3|
|PTH_AS 2203 (recommended)||2||Social/Behavioral (recommend NEP 2222)||3|
|Social/Behavioral (PSYCH 1000)||3|
|NEP 2380||3||NEP 2450||3|
|NEP 3450||3||NEP 3550||3|
|NEP 3850||3||NEP 4200||3|
|HTH_PR 4250||3||NEP 4860||3|
|NEP 4970||2||Supporting Area||3|
|HES Foundation Writing Intensive||3-4|
|Total Credits: 120-121|
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 http://www.transfer.org. 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.
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 Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) by calling (573)884-9700.
- 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.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.