Welcome to the School of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Food Science

Overview of the School

The School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science focuses on the study of human physical activity, dietary practices, and food production processes. The School's mission is to prepare professionals to practice at the baccalaureate and masters level, conduct research, pursue graduate study, and engage in public and professional service. The overall goals of the School are to promote adoption of lifestyles that involve health-related physical activity and healthy eating at various stages of the lifecycle, and to encourage production of healthy, safe, and attractive foods.

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science (BSES) program incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to the study of exercises and physical activity on human organism. It has two options: Exercise and Biosciences and Exercise and Nutrition. The Exercise and Bioscience Option is especially designed to prepare you for pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Kinesiotherapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Chiropracty, Optometry, Public Health and other related programs. Furthermore, with additional course work (~15 quarter units), you may complete the prerequisites for admission to other allied health professional programs such as Medicine, Osteopathy, Dentistry, Pharmacy, etc. The Exercise and Nutrition option will prepare you for careers that are more focused on the nutritional aspects of health, exercise and performance in the above mentioned fields.

Programs in Kinesiology include the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science degrees for students who want to prepare for careers in organizing and managing health-related exercise programs in community health clubs, corporate fitness centers, and medical settings; developing and managing programs to rehabilitate people with disabilities through the use of exercise; leading physical activity programs in nonprofit, community agencies such as YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, or community recreation centers; teaching physical education, adapted physical education, or dance in schools; and coaching athletic teams in schools and colleges. Students can also prepare to study for advanced degrees in Kinesiology or an allied health profession. The department also offers a wide variety of physical activity courses dealing with sports skills and exercise techniques for all university students. Special exercise classes are open to students with disabilities.

Programs in Nutritional Science include the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutritional Science, the Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science, the Certificate Program in Alternative Nutrition, and the Certificate Program in Sports Nutrition. These programs prepare students for careers in nutrition, dietetics, food service administration, food technology, food science, and community nutrition. In addition, students who complete the Coordinated Dietetics Program are eligible to take the registration exam to become registered dietitians. Students can also prepare to study for advanced degrees in nutritional science, food science and technology, or an allied health profession.

Program in Food Science and Technology is organized to provide knowledge and skills in the area of food safety, food preservation technologies, food analysis, quality assurance, and new product development. This degree is designed to provide technical opportunities for students interested in a career in the food industry in positions such as production manager, food technologist, HACCP coordinator, quality assurance manager, quality control manager, technical service leader, sales representative, regulatory affairs manager, new product innovation manager, health inspection, and research. Students may also prepare for graduate study in Food Science and Technology.