Human Nutrition & Performance

Bachelor of Science in Biology

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The goal of the Human Nutrition and Performance concentration is to extend and apply your knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to practical settings. You should graduate with the skills you need to pursue a variety of career opportunities in research or continue to graduate or professional study in an exercise science-related field.


Students interested in pursuing careers in exercise science or rehabilitation can establish a foundation of scientific knowledge and technical skills with Salem University. Our BS in Biology degree with a concentration in Human Nutrition and Performance can help you prepare for entry-level career opportunities or graduate-level study.

This concentration program is part of our 40-month, 120-credit Bachelor of Science in Biology degree program, and is only available at our West Virginia campus.


You’ll be prepared to pursue entry-level career opportunities in:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Physical or Occupational Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician
  • Athletic Trainer

This program’s main focus is to prepare you for further professional study in an exercise science-related field.


The Human Nutrition and Performance concentration builds on the general knowledge and laboratory science covered in the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree program. It includes five additional courses with in-depth study of issues related to exercise science:

  • BIO260 Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • BIO441 Active Nutritional Assessment of Athletes
  • BIO445 Pathophysiology of Gut Microbiome and Nutrition
  • BIO449 Natural Therapies and Exercise Physiology
  • BIO460 Human Nutrition and Physical Performance


SU offers the Bachelor of Science in Biology on campus in West Virginia. We offer you:

  • A professionally-focused curriculum and accelerated course sequence
  • Experienced faculty who support your goals
  • A diverse learning community
  • Comprehensive preparation for graduate-level study in life sciences or the job market


BIO260 – Kinesiology/Biomechanics (3 Credits)

This course is designed to link the basics of skeletal structure, anatomy, the motor learning components of the central nervous system, and skeletal muscle function, to basic Newtonian mechanics and general force-velocity physics. Special emphasis is the application of this information to real-life situations.

BIO441 – Active Nutritional Assessment of Athletes (3 credits)

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in improving and supporting athletic performance through nutrition. It includes the nutritional importance on performance optimization in endurance, power and speed applications. The logistics of meal timing, circadian rhythms and sleep will be taught with a personalized nutritional plans and projects.

BIO445 – Pathophysiology of Gut Microbiome & Nutrition (3 credits)

This course introduces the basic literature on gut microbiome, physiological significance and the nutritional importance on gut-brain axis that influences the behavior of an individual.

BIO449 – Natural Therapies & Exercise Physiology (3 credits)

This course discusses the biological significance of alternative therapies including herbal supplements, yoga, and meditation for the better performance of exercise and various sports activities using interventional physiology.

BIO460 – Human Nutrition and Physical Performance (3 credits)

This advanced course will provide a thorough examination of the interrelationships between optimal nutrition absorption and various nutrients for better athletic performance. It focusses on the nutrient requirements, hormones and growth factors, metabolism and integration of dietary supplements.

Admission Requirements

Anyone who wishes to apply to our Bachelor of Science in Biology program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • High school graduate or equivalent (such as a GED or international secondary institution).

High school transcripts (and/or college transcripts for transfer students) must be provided before the end of the first semester of study. International students will need to provide results of credential evaluation and English language capability.

Earn Your Biology Degree

Set yourself on the path for success in the sciences with your Bachelor of Science in Biology.

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