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Graduate Program in Nutrition & Exercise Curriculum Overview

This 33-credit hour concentration leads to a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in exercise physiology and nutrition.  Students in this program receive preparation in exercise physiology including course work in advanced exercise physiology, physiological testing, exercise prescription and research, as well as related course work in nutrition.
Students may select either the thesis or non-thesis option and will be prepared to pursue a doctoral degree in a related field or to work as an exercise physiologist in the sport, recreation, and fitness/wellness industries.  Program goals were developed in conjunction with the knowledge, skills and abilities identified by the American College of Sports Medicine as essential for successful professional preparation as an Exercise Physiologist.

Courses Credit Hours
Core Classes 18
NUTR 545-Nutrition and Exercise 3
NUTR 582-Nutrition and Metabolism 3
For Thesis Track:
MATH 522- Statistics
KIN 700 – Thesis
33 Total credits
For Non-Thesis Track:
KIN 681-Internship OR KIN 697-Directed Research
36 Total credits

For more information about the exercise physiology program, contact Dr. Nicholas Luden at ludennd@jmu.edu.

Example Electives

  • KIN 540. Clinical Exercise Physiology I – 3
  • KIN 640. Clinical Exercise Physiology II - 3
  • HTH 552. Strategies for Health Change - 3
  • KIN 547. Principles and Strategies of Athletic Development - 3
  • KIN 643. Environmental Exercise Physiology – 3
  • NUTR 655. Integrated Nutrition - 3
  • PYSC 515. Basic Counseling Skills - 3
  • SCOM 680. Special Topics in Health Communication - 3


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