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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exercise Science BS - Pre-Health Professions Concentration/Nutrition MS

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Admission Criteria

  • Must be a current Exercise Science major in the Pre-Health Professions Concentration
  • Minimum GPA of 2.800 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work
  • Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.000 at the beginning of the fall semester of your fourth year

Current UB students wishing to pursue the combined Exercise Sciences BS - Pre-Health Professions Concentration / Nutrition MS must apply to the Nutrition program during year three. Visit the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences admissions page for more information.

Course Requirements

Pre-Health Professions Concentration Electives (9 credits)

At least 6 credits from ES, NTR or PUB

Graduate Nutrition Core (36 credits)

  • NTR 500 Nutrient Metabolism in Health Credits: 3
  • NTR 501 Vitamins & Minerals Credits: 3
  • NTR 503 Nutrition and Health Credits: 3
  • NTR 505 Exercise Nutrition Credits: 2
  • NTR 600 Pathophysiology Credits: 3*
  • NTR 630 Seminar Credits: 2
  • NTR 675 Project in Nutrition or NTR 676 Selected Readings or NTR 680 Research Credits: 2 **
  • STA 527 or equivalent Credits: 4
  • CHB 550 Public Health and Population Wellbeing Credits: 3
  • Graduate 500/600 level major elective Credits: 11 Minimum


*    NTR 600 Required for students taking Comp Exam or Project Option.  NOT required for students in the Thesis track.

**  NTR 680 is required for Thesis track only.

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 89-91

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 148 credit hour total

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 112-114

Total Credits Required for Graduate Degree: 36

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 148-150

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Students must select the Pre-Health concentration. Students must maintain an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.000 to be eligible for admission to the graduate portion of the program. Students are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.000 in the graduate portion of the program and achieve a minimum grade of B- in all required graduate courses. Students that do not maintain a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.000 will not be allowed to continue in the combined BS/MS program but may continue in the BS degree program.

Retention Criteria: Students who fail to meet the minimum academic requirements for the BS/MS program will not be allowed to continue in the combined program but have the option to continue in the BS in ES degree program. Refer to BS in Exercise Science program for academic requirements for the undergraduate program.

This combined degree program does NOT allow students to be eligible to become a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN). Students seeking the RDN credential will need to complete the prerequisites for the Clinical Nutrition MS. The Nutrition Science BS is a good option for students seeking the RDN credential as it allows students to complete the prerequisites as part of the undergraduate degree. Please speak with your academic advisor for assistance.

Program Distinction

A student in this major is eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Program Distinction is noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

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Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Year Spring

  • Elective (500/600) Credits: 2
  • NTR 501LEC Micronutrients Credits: 3
  • NTR 600LEC Path of Nutr Disease Credits: 3
  • Graduate Major Elective (500/600) Credits: 3

Total Credits: 11

Fifth Year Fall

  • NTR 500LEC - Nutrient Metabolism in Health Credits: 3
  • STA 527LEC - Intro Medical Statistics Credits: 4
  • NTR 675TUT - Research Credits: 2 OR
  • NTR 676TUT - Selected Readings Credits: 2 OR
  • NTR 680TUT - Thesis Guidance Credits: 2 **
  • CHB 550LR - Pub Hlth Popultn Wellbng Credits: 3 

Total Credits: 12

Fifth Year Spring

  • NTR 630SEM - Nutr Seminar Credits: 2
  • NTR 505LEC - Exercise Nutrition Credits: 2
  • Electives (500/600) Credits: 6 (NTR 523 Nutrition Assessment Recommended)

Total Credits: 10

Total Credits Required: 148

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.


*    NTR 600 Required for students taking Comp Exam or Project Option.  NOT required for students in the Thesis track.

**  NTR 680 is required for Thesis track only.

Learning Outcomes

The BS/MS in Exercise Science and Nutrition prepares graduates for entry-level and managerial positions in the areas of fitness, health and wellness, prevention of injury and rehabilitation through exercise and physical activity. Students learn to enhance health and wellness through the principles of exercise and nutrition science.

Skills gained in this program include: Managing, organizing and meeting deadlines, analyzing, critical thinking, teaching, interpreting, communicating, persuading/influencing, coordinating, planning, problem solving, and coaching people.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of essential principles and vocabulary of exercise science.
  • Apply scientific knowledge to improve human health, fitness and performance. 
  • Demonstrate entry-level skills as an exercise science practitioner.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and commitment to evidence-based practice and prudent decision-making skills.
  • Display competence in oral, written and digital communication skills. 
  • Demonstrate effective team work and interpersonal skills in working with clients, supervisors and professional colleagues.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills to a variety of scenarios relevant to practice as an exercise science professional.


(HEGIS: 08.35 PHYSICAL ED METHODOLOGY, CIP26.0908 Exercise Physiology)


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