Nutrition and Human Performance The nutrition and human performance program is designed to provide an easy transition into Gannon’s new Master of Science program in sport and exercise science, concentrating on human performance. Nutrition and human performance students will have the opportunity to work closely with the 20 varsity men’s and women’s athletic teams at Gannon. Gannon’s nutrition and human performance students have the opportunity to gain professional experience and put their knowledge and skills to use through a clinical practicum during their senior year. Nutrition and human performance majors gain advanced, applied experience in both nutrition and exercise physiology. The program prepares students for possible certification by national governing bodies such as the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Sports Education Program and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, among others. You Will LearnThe nutrition and human performance program is designed to provide students with comprehensive knowledge of how the body adapts to physical exercise and how nutrients can be used to fuel the body. Students will gain understanding of the many factors that impact physical performance both in competitive and non-competitive settings. The program pays particular attention to providing the student with extensive training in exercise science with significant exposure to nutritional science as it relates to both elite athletes as well as recreational athletes. The program helps to prepare students for graduate studies in Registered Dietician programs and/or certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition as a Certified Sports Nutritionist. Because nutrition and human performance is a major within the sport and exercise science department, this major provides an opportunity for students who are interested in both nutrition and sport science to combine their interest in one academic program, which is a stepping-stone to diverse career choices. A degree from the sport and exercise science department provides a solid base in biological sciences, nutrition and exercise science courses. You Will ExperienceStudents in the nutrition and human performance program have the opportunity to complete internships that are, at minimum, 100 hours in length. These internships are customized based on students’ interests. Internship opportunities include: athletic/sports teams community organizations fitness facilities registered dietician offices You Will AchieveSports nutritionists are employed by various organizations. Given the earning potential of athletes and sports stars, the demand and earning potential for qualified sports nutritionists is likely to increase over the next decade. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following: corporate fitness individual athletes registered dietician sporting organizations You will StudyView Curriculum and Course DescriptionsStudents who choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nutrition and human performance can expect to have significant hands-on opportunities for both exercise testing and prescription, as well as nutritional assessment and dietary programming. Courses taken by a student majoring in nutrition and human performance include: NHP 300: Nutrition in Life Cycle This course deals with the changing nutritional needs of individuals throughout the lifespan. Physiological, societal and economic factors and the availability of nutrition services are considered in meeting the nutritional needs of men, women and children from gestation through adulthood. NHP 350: Advanced Sport Nutrition This course provides an in-depth study of the nutrients as they relate to sports and fitness, and of health-related issues related to human performance. These issues include eating disorders, dietary supplements and various dietary manipulations. NHP 400: Nutritional Assessment This course emphasizes the systematic process of comprehensive assessment of the individual’s nutritional status in health and disease. Anthropometric measurements, laboratory and clinical parameters, family, personal and medical histories, dietary intake, psychosocial factors and many others are examined to draw conclusions for nutritional and other forms of intervention. Liberal Studies Core The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program. You Will EarnSalaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization. Starting salary: $41,300 Mid-career salary: $59,100 All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).