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Nutrition and Human Performance

  • Bachelor of Science Major
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Nutrition and human performance students work closely with 20 varsity men’s and women’s athletic teams at Gannon allowing for an easy transition into Gannon’s new Master of Science program in sport and exercise science, concentrating on human performance.

  • GU Possibilities
    • 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 Learn

    The nutrition and human performance program is designed to provide students with comprehensive knowledge of how nutrients can fuel the body, examine disease states, and the psychophysiological perspective of nutrition. 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 nutrition in medical/clinical settings.

    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 Experience

    Students 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
    • dietician offices
    • fitness facilities
    • community organizations
    • hospitals

    You Will Achieve

    Nutritionists are employed by various athletic and clinical organizations.  With a greater emphasis being placed on performance and preventative medicine, the demand and earning potential for qualified sports nutritionists and registered dieticians is likely to increase over the next decade.

    Such opportunities include but are not limited to:

    • Clinical/hospital settings
    • Community/government organizations
    • Individual athletes/athletic teams
    • Private practice
    • Corporate wellness

    You Will Earn

    Salaries 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 ( and/or PayScale (  

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    Students 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 250: Nutrition and Health

    This course deals with the basic principles of human nutrition, including the nutrients, food sources and their utilization in the body for growth and health throughout life. Students learn how to address various health and medical conditions with nutritional intervention by developing nutritional plans for all weight and health conditions.

    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.