Nutrition, Fitness, and Health

Eating right and exercising is not just a habit, it's your life philosophy. If you'd like to pass on your personal experiences with healthy living and help others make positive lifestyle changes, consider the nutrition, fitness, and health program.

Traditionally, professionals have been trained in only one discipline, but key components of fitness are both physical activity and nutrition. The nutrition, fitness, and health option is one of the few programs in the country that combines coursework in exercise physiology and fitness programming with a science-based nutrition curriculum. Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a Bachelor of Science degree.

The Nutrition, Fitness, and Health major is designed for students interested in careers in nutrition, fitness or wellness programs in hospitals, colleges or industry.  This degree is also excellent preparation for advanced education, such as medical or graduate school, and physician’s assistant or physical therapy schools.

Potential Job Titles

  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Exercise Specialist in hospital setting – cardiology, rehab, etc.
  • Collegiate level Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Health and Lifestyle Coach
  • Weight Loss Coach
  • Health Educator
  • Assistant/Associate Extension Agent for foods & nutrition education programs
  • Director/Assistant Director of Collegiate level Campus Recreation programs
  • Research Specialist
  • Research Associate/Technician
  • Sports Nutritionist (with double major in Dietetics and RD/RDN credential)
  • Diabetes Health Educator (with Certified Diabetes Educator credential)
  • Personal Trainer

Experiential Learning

  • NUTR 415000: Practicum in Nutrition, Fitness, and Health
    • Application of nutrition and exercise knowledge and skills by performing assessments, interpreting data, designing and implementing programs, documenting progress, and counseling of an adult client.
  • NUTR 24500: Electives in Sports Nutrition and NUTR 34500: Rookie Experience in Sports Nutrition
    • Continued Experience in Sports Nutrition - These courses provide information on sports nutrition and traditional and experience-based learning in a Division I Collegiate sports setting.  Guest speakers present on various aspects of the athletics work setting.

Potential Graduate School Options

  • Nutrition Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Medical School

Sample Degree Requirements & Plan of Study

How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Nutrition, Fitness, and Health, please visit the Change of Degree Objective (CODO) page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Nutrition, Fitness, and Health from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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