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Exercise Science-PreHealth Professions Concentration/Nutrition MS

(HEGIS: 08.35 PHYSICAL ED METHODOLOGY, CIP: 26.0908 Exercise Physiology)

Why study Exercise Science-PreHealth Professions Concentration/Nutrition MS at UB?

This dual-degree program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and a Master of Science degree in nutrition. Students will study how exercise and nutrition contribute to the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. The BS/MS program offers students the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the contributions of nutrition and physical activity on human health and wellness. The BS/MS is excellent preparation for advanced graduate or professional degree programs in health professions. Graduates may find career opportunities in exercise and nutrition-based clinical research, health and wellness organizations, universities, corporations, hospitals, government, or start their own private consulting business. This combined degree program does NOT allow students to be eligible to become a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN). Students seeking the RDN credential will need to complete the prerequisites for the Clinical Nutrition MS. The Nutrition Science BS is a good option for students seeking the RDN credential as it allows students to complete the prerequisites as part of the undergraduate degree. Please speak with your academic advisor for assistance.

Learning Outcomes

The BS/MS in Exercise Science and Nutrition prepares graduates for entry-level and managerial positions in the areas of fitness, health and wellness, prevention of injury and rehabilitation through exercise and physical activity. Students learn to enhance health and wellness through the principles of exercise and nutrition science.

Skills gained in this program include: Managing, organizing and meeting deadlines, analyzing, critical thinking, teaching, interpreting, communicating, persuading/influencing, coordinating, planning, problem solving, and coaching people.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the basic principles of exercise science and nutrition to optimize health and wellness
  • Demonstrate problem solving, professionalism, and communication
  • Conduct research related to exercise and nutrition sciences
  • Describe how exercise and nutrition contribute to disease prevention and management
  • Develop physical activity and nutrition programs for individuals and communities

The Learning Environment

Students will complete courses in human anatomy, human physiology, fitness assessment, exercise programming, exercise physiology and human nutrition. Class size varies in undergraduate courses with lab and recitation sections kept to a maximum of 25 students per section. Labs allow students to practice skills such as ECG interpretation, vital sign monitoring, health risk appraisal, fitness assessment, exercise testing and prescription, and exercise instruction. Students are encouraged to work with faculty on independent study projects. Students are required to complete a 3-credit practicum in year 4 of the program to gain hands-on experience in exercise science.

About Our Facilities

Undergraduate Students will complete lab-based coursework in the Exercise Physiology and Strength and Conditioning labs designed to enhance the teaching and training of the clinical and applied aspects of exercise physiology. The labs are located in Kimball Tower and serve to prepare students for national certifications in exercise assessment, prescription and programming. Students have opportunities to work with faculty in departmental laboratories including the Emergency Responder Human Performance lab, Center for Research and Education in Special Environments (CRESE), the Nutrition and Health Research lab, and the Center for Health Research. CRESE is one of the only research centers in the world that allows scientists to study extreme environments. The full CRESE team includes scientists from three schools: Public Health and Health Professions, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

About Our Faculty

The department of Exercise and Nutrition Science includes 11 tenured/tenure track faculty members, 9 clinical faculty members, and 7 affiliated faculty members. Faculty research interests include environmental physiology, occupational health and safety, thermal stress, obesity, ingestive behavior, dietary impact on health and chronic disease, and neural control of energy balance. Over 150 classes a year are taught by ENS faculty with the support of teaching assistants and experience adjunct faculty who are experts in their discipline.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Exercise Science department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Career Choices

Graduates are prepared for positions that focus on fitness, health and wellness, disease prevention and management, and exercise nutrition. This combined degree program does NOT allow students to be eligible to become a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN). Students seeking the RDN credential will need to complete the prerequisites for the Clinical Nutrition MS. The Nutrition Science BS is a good option for students seeking the RDN credential as it allows students to complete the prerequisites as part of the undergraduate degree. Please speak with your academic advisor for assistance.

Alumni of the program have found employment in the following fields:

  • Research
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation (hospitals, clinics)
  • Chiropractic*
  • Corporate fitness and worksite wellness
  • Health and wellness coaching
  • Health promotion
  • Private/commercial fitness
  • Community fitness/wellness
  • Medicine*
  • Personal fitness training
  • Physician’s Assistant*
  • Exercise/Sports Nutrition
  • Strength and conditioning (collegiate and professional level)

*Requires further education at the professional or graduate level

Work settings include:

  • Corporate and commercial health and fitness centers
  • Community health and wellness centers
  • Sports training centers and professional sports teams
  • Private training/fitness studios
  • Educational institutions
  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Health-related non-profit organizations

Academic Advising

The Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) is the centralized advisement unit in the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP). The office provides advisement services to all undergraduate students in the school. The overarching mission of the Office for Academic and Student Affairs is to provide academic advising and retention efforts that strengthen and enhance the diversity of the student body.

Graduate students are advised by the Graduate Program Director and Graduate Program Assistant.

Academic Advising Contact Information

To contact OASA, call 716-829-5000 or email OASA. The office is located in 104 Kimball Tower.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students may apply for a summer scholarship to help offset the cost of Gross Anatomy, a course taken between the third and fourth year of the program. Summer scholarships are based on financial need and academic performance. Students in the fourth year of the program may also apply for the Outstanding Senior Award, a financial award based on leadership, service, and scholarship. Honoring the first dean of the School of Health Related Professions, the J. Warren Perry Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences or the Department of Rehabilitation Science. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and professional potential.

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Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:03:26