**This emphasis has recently undergone a name change to better describe the focus; it was previously known as Nutrition and Fitness.
This program is for students with a passion for health and wellness, evidence-based science, helping other people, and learning how and why physical activity and nutrition impact human performance. Students earning this degree are well-prepared for employment opportunities that include fitness assessment, lifestyle intervention education, health and wellness, exercise supervision and program administration in schools, businesses and hospitals, health education, and promotion and entry-level positions in cardiac and pulmonary or spine rehab. This is a rapidly expanding area with opportunities in corporate and commercial industries, government, and non-profit sectors.
Graduates of this program are qualified to sit for the following certifications without any additional courses or education beyond our core requirements: ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C), ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM CPT), ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor (ACSM GEI), NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, ACE Certified Personal Trainer.
In addition to the job opportunities listed above, past graduates of this area have continued their studies in a variety of areas such as graduate school for Exercise Science/Physiology, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician's Assistant, Chiropractic, Nursing, or applied to Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy school.
This is an emphasis area of the following major:
This major has the following additional emphasis areas:
Common Career Paths
You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: