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Nutrition and Human Performance

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Fuel Your Career in Nutrition and Sport Science with a Nutrition and Human Performance Degree from Gannon University

    Gannon University’s nutrition and human performance program combines your interests in both nutrition and sport science to give you a solid basis in biological sciences, nutrition and exercise science. Learn how nutrients fuel the body and affect your mind, examine diseases, and gain extensive training in exercise and nutritional science to prepare you for a rewarding career working with elite athletes or in clinical settings. 

    • Apply your classroom knowledge through projects with Gannon’s athletic teams and community partners. 
    • Put your knowledge and skills to use in a clinical practicum during your senior year.
    • Complete a customized internship of 100 hours in length at a minimum. 

    Learn to Lead the Way in Nutrition and Human Performance

    • Understand the nutritional factors that impact physical performance both in competitive and non-competitive settings.
    • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of how nutrients can fuel the body, contribute to disease, and learn about psychophysiological perspectives of nutrition.
    • Develop the foundational knowledge in the biological sciences, nutrition and exercise science to prepare you to be successful in the field.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Gain extensive training in exercise science with significant exposure to nutritional science as it relates to elite athletes and in medical and clinical settings.  
    • Experience significant hands-on opportunities for both exercise testing and prescription, as well as nutritional assessment and dietary programming.  
    • Investigate the professional pathways for nutrition in public health, private practice and hospital and clinical settings.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key nutrition and human performance courses including: 

    Nutrition and Health: Learn how to address various health and medical conditions by developing nutritional plans for all weight and health conditions.

    Advanced Sport Nutrition: Explore nutrients as they relate to sports, fitness and human performance through an in-depth study.

    Nutritional Assessment: Use anthropometric measurements, family, personal and medical histories, dietary intake, and psychosocial factors to draw conclusions to develop nutritional interventions.

    Achieve the Possibilities

    Our nutrition and human performance program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can: 

    • Prepare for graduate studies in Gannon’s Master of Science in Applied Exercise Physiology program or a dietetics program to increase your professional marketability.
    • Pursue certification opportunities through the International Society of Sports Nutrition, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Sports Education Program, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. 
    • Enter a field that is increasingly in demand and with a starting wage in excess of $41,300, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will learn foundational nutritional knowledge that will help in providing effective guidance in health care arenas
  2. Students will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the relationship between nutrition, health and disease across the lifespan.
  3. Students will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the relationship between nutrition, health and disease across the lifespan.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to assess nutrition needs of athletes.
  5. Students will demonstrate understanding of problematic behaviors and other issues related to nutrition and exercise that effect not only performance, but also health.
Maria Lohmann

Maria Lohmann Nutrition and Human Performance

“My experience in the nutrition and human performance program at Gannon University was all that I could have asked for. The program allowed me to explore my passions for nutrition and exercise as they relate to each other. The faculty truly care about you as a person and will push you to reach your potential as a student or anything you may be involved in. The program’s academics are excellent.”

Samantha Bigley

Samantha Bigley ‘20 School of Public Health and Health Sciences

“My program experience has been one I feel I could not get anywhere else. The Gannon faculty and staff have taken me in and treated me like family since day one. It is an indescribable feeling to be surrounded by an army of people that wish nothing but success for me and my future.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.