Nutrition, Fitness, and Health
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 major provides an in-depth study into the combined areas of physical fitness and nutrition. Students develop critical thinking ability; a broad perspective in nutrition, food chemistry, metabolism, and public health nutrition; and good communication skills. Students have the opportunity to complete clinical experiences in a variety of settings including the Cordova Recreational Sports Center, A.H. Ismail Center and with our varsity athletes.
By adding 8-16 credits to the plan of study, students also can meet the academic requirements of the Nutrition and Dietetics major as set by the American Dietetic Association to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietary Nutritionist (RDN). Many students opt to complete this double major.
With a focus on nutrition and exercise science, this program also provides excellent preparation for professional and graduate school, especially in physical therapy and occupational therapy; these students may also consider a double major with Nutrition Science.
See examples of clinical/research space.
Plan of Study
Related Career Interests
Careers in Nutrition, Fitness, and Health
- Worksite wellness programs
- Commercial fitness clubs
- Community fitness center
- Corporate fitness
- Weight management programs
- Sports nutrition programs
- Personal training
- Fitness equipment industry
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Strength and conditioning coaching
- Health promotion
Transfer to Nutrition, Fitness, and Health
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Also: Completion of at least one semester of college-level chemistry or biology with a grade of C or higher.
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