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Nutrition, Fitness, and Health

Purdue University in West Lafayette

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 CenterA.H. Ismail Center and with our varsity athletes. Nutrition, Fitness, and Health has earned formal recognition from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for its excellence in undergraduate strength and conditioning education. You will also be eligible to sit for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential upon receiving your degree.

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.

Plan of Study

Nutrition, Fitness, and Health Webpage

Transfer to Nutrition, Fitness, and Health

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Also: Completion of at least one semester of college-level chemistry or biology with a grade of C or higher.

Contact Information

HHS Undergraduate Student Services
(765) 494-8533

College of Health and Human Sciences

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
  •   Strength and conditioning coaching
  •   Health promotion

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