Nutrition Education


  • Mission Statement

    The department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (ENS) supports and enhances the mission of the university through learning, access, and community partnerships in exercise and nutrition sciences. We provide effective instruction, exploratory research, and engaged service to prepare exercise, fitness, and nutrition professionals for the workforce and graduate studies to promote optimal health, human performance, and overall well-being. Nutrition students will learn all aspects of nutrition, from diet design to current issues, and prepare for graduate students or a wide range of careers. The Nutrition Education faculty members are committed to providing students with quality academic experiences. Our curriculum develops diverse skills, knowledge, and competencies in nutrition.

    The Nutrition Education program has the dual purposes of preparing students for graduate study in nutrition or a related field and/or for employment through collaborative program efforts (integrated academic programs and institutional entities with varied course delivery methods and high impact practices) to ensure timely degree completion. The Sport's Nutrition graduate will be prepared to enter a coordinated Master's program to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and will have demonstrated competence and knowledge in chemistry, anatomy, physiology, diet analysis and design, sports and fitness nutrition, diet therapy, nutrition assessment, life cycle nutrition, advanced nutrition and human metabolism, research, and related exercise science topics with cultural application and sensitivity for individuals and athletes. The Integrative Nutrition graduate will support the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups and have demonstrated competence and knowledge in diet analysis and design, life cycle nutrition, fitness nutrition, sustainable cooking, and related exercise science, health, child and family studies, botany, microbiology, physical education, recreation, and/or psychology topics with cultural application and sensitivity. Students will achieve the program's well-defined learning outcomes (based largely on the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior's competencies) and through community service and/or directed research will promote wellbeing and add to the nutrition science knowledge base.