Today’s interest in healthy lifestyles is translating into a remarkable range of career opportunities related to diet, fitness, and well-being. FSU’s cutting-edge undergraduate programs in Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences (NFES) are preparing students to pursue a wide variety of contemporary careers.

The department offers four Bachelor of Science degrees:

  • Our Dietetics degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dietetics students learn the knowledge and skills required to qualify for a dietetic internship.
  • The Food and Nutrition major has a strong science base that prepares students for job opportunities in the food industry, government agencies, the medical field, as well as graduate study.
  • The Exercise Physiology program prepares students for graduate study in exercise physiology, medicine, dentistry and other health related fields, as well as for positions as personal trainers and health fitness instructors.
  • The Athletic Training program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), prepares students to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination in order to work as athletic trainers.

Programs are designed to be challenging and competitive. Degree curriculums emphasize general and applied research to prepare future scholars and practitioners of chronic disease prevention. Core courses ensure that all NFES students receive a firm foundation in the essential knowledge. Core courses include basic nutrition, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, statistics, psychology, and family development education. The Honors in the Majors Program allows selected juniors and seniors to participate in independent studies with faculty members who are specialists in their field.

Field Experiences

Students in every major have an opportunity to apply their knowledge and learn new skills through practica and participation in student service organizations. Field experiences include working with the university’s community-based adult fitness program, working in food service, assisting with cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, and answering nutrition questions at community health fairs.

Emphasis on Teaching

We are proud of our diverse and accomplished faculty. What they share is a solid commitment to teaching excellence and a reputation for first-rate scholarship. Our course offerings take full advantage of their wide-ranging interest and outstanding expertise.


Our programs provide the solid academic and scientific grounding needed to pursue a variety of paths. Graduates may choose to enter the work force, post-baccalaureate internships, graduate school or professional programs such as medical school.