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Earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Fitness, and Wellness

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Fitness, and Wellness

Why study nutrition, fitness, and wellness at Marian?

Much like physicians write prescriptions for certain types of medicine to treat illness and disease, proper nutrition and physical activity can be prescribed to improve human health and wellness.

Marian's bachelor's degree in nutrition, fitness, and wellness will prepare you for careers in which you'll coach, support, and guide people of all ages and backgrounds to modify their behavior to achieve and maintain optimal health.

  • As a graduate of our program, you will be prepared to promote and establish paths to making healthy choices across the human lifespan.
  • You'll have the knowledge and skills you need to assess personal health issues, create strategies to improve health, and provide general health and wellness advice and services.

    What will you study?

    ‚ÄčThe Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Fitness, and Wellness has a broad curriculum that is intentionally interdisciplinary. Your coursework will draw from fields like exercise science, physiology of exercise, public health, psychology, and sociology

    The focus of your studies, however, will be behavioral modifications that lead to better health and disease prevention.

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    What certifications can you pursue?

    Professional certifications demonstrate that you understand and adhere to the highest national standards in the field. They are valuable credentials that demonstrate your knowledge and competency in your chosen profession.

    Upon graduation, you will have the academic knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass nationally recognized certification exams overseen by organizations like the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and the American Fitness Professionals & Associates, among others.

    The certifications you might choose to pursue include:

    What are your career paths?

    The growth in this field is driven, in large part, by efforts to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs by educating individuals and groups about healthy behaviors.

    In a January 2015 blog post Time magazine reported on "The 5 Best Jobs You've Never Heard Of," ranking health and wellness educators at number four.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for health educators and community health workers is expected to grow by 16 percent through 2026, or much faster than average.

    If your chosen career path requires that you earn a master's or doctoral degree, our curriculum will prepare you for admission to top graduate schools.

    You can pursue employment in corporate wellness, private business settings, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, physician offices, and schools, for example. Among the jobs you might pursue are:

    • Public health educator
    • Food and nutrition manager
    • Corporate wellness specialist
    • Community health worker
    • Health services manager
    • Health and wellness coach
    • Clinical nutritionist
    • Wellness facilitator
    • Health and wellness outreach coordinator
    • Fitness specialist

    Program at a Glance

    • Program Credit Hours

      128 credit hours
      • General Education: 37–39
      • Major/Concentration: 60
      • Electives: 15–19 (of 60)
    • Standard Completion Time

      4 years
    • Accreditation

      HLC

    For more information

    Office of Undergraduate Admission
    (317) 955-6300
    (800) 772-7264
    admissions@marian.edu

    For more information

    Dr. Loren Bertocci
    Director, Program in Exercise and Sports Science
    (317) 955-6345
    lbertocci@marian.edu

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