NEP Degree Programs
Undergraduate students will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with the following emphasis areas:
- Physical Activity, Nutrition and Human Performance
This emphasis prepares graduates for employment in fitness assessment, lifestyle intervention education, health and wellness, exercise supervision and program administration or to continue in graduate studies in a variety of areas, including exercise science. Many students move into the health professions fields (physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant) or seek out additional certifications. This is a rapidly expanding area with opportunities in corporate and commercial industries, government and non-profit sectors.
- Human Physiology & Translational Sciences
This science-based program is highly multidisciplinary, integrating human physiology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, biology and the social/psychological sciences to study the modifiable influences of nutrition and physical activity on human health and disease. Students will be well prepared for health-related careers such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician’s assistant, as well as for graduate study in biomedical/translational sciences.
- Nutrition and Foods/Dietetics
The Dietetics Coordinated Program prepares students to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RD/N). RDNs specialize in applied nutrition and work in a variety of practice settings, such as hospitals and clinics, schools, grocery stores, business and industry, private practice and public health clinics. Where there is food, there are dietitians. The Dietetics program is a five-year program where students complete:
- A Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Nutrition and Foods (only students admitted to the Coordinated Program can complete the coursework and earn this degree)
- A Master of Science in Dietetics
- All coursework and supervised practice (fieldwork) necessary to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD Exam).
Our graduate program at the University of Missouri is nationally and internationally known in several research areas in the field of nutrition and exercise physiology.
Through cutting-edge research and an outstanding educational experience, we prepare students for careers in the health professions, health sciences and academia.
Our program has evolved over the years to focus on the interrelationships between nutrition and/or physical activity/inactivity and the role in health and disease.
Graduate students receive either a Master of Science or PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and can choose from the following emphasis areas: