Human Nutrition & Performance


Bachelor of Science in Biology

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THE BIOLOGY DEGREE AT SALEM UNIVERSITY WITH HUMAN NUTRITION AND PERFORMANCE SPECIALIZATION

The foundation of Human Nutrition and Performance specialization is to extend and apply your knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to practical settings. Those who’ve completed Human Nutrition and Performance specialization in our Biological Science program have a comprehensive understanding of nutrition that is required specific for better athletic performance in all sports and how it applies to practical settings. At Salem University, our Bachelor of Science in Biology with a specialization in Human Nutrition and Performance is a 40-month course that’s taught out of our beautiful West Virginia campus and includes:

  • A curriculum focused on professional development
  • Faculty with real-world experience in the field
  • A diverse learning community
  • Preparation for the life sciences and health science job market or for graduate-level study

With Human Nutrition and Performance specialization, you’ll start with acquiring knowledge and skills related to physical, biological and health sciences as a whole. From there, you’ll build on that base by studying topics like  nutrition requirements for skeletal structure , muscles and nervous motor components, how the body responds to dietary supplements nutrition, how to assess performance based on nutrition, how internal biology influences outer functions such yoga exercise including pre and probiotics nutrition related to boost your immune system, and so on. In all of these courses, we like to focus on practical applications of these concepts for you to better apply what you’re learning and the skills and tasks you’ll need on the job.

WHY SALEM UNIVERSITY

We have been pioneers in the realm of higher education for almost 150 years, dedicated to providing affordable baccalaureate degrees that not only prepare you for your chosen career field, but also build you up as a decision-maker and leader in your field. Our BS Biological Science degree with Human Nutrition and Performance specialization is taught at our school location in Salem, West Virginia, tucked into the beautiful views and backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains. With everything from on-campus housing and amenities, to a comprehensive learning resource center, to our Carlson Hall of Science, you can get a full, supportive college experience at Salem University.

WHAT YOU’LL TAKE

The Human Nutrition and Performance concentration includes five additional courses related to the BS Biology program:

  • 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

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

With a Human Nutrition and Performance specialization in your Biology degree, you’ll be prepared to pursue entry-level career opportunities in:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Physical or Occupational Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Nursing
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Athletic Nutritionist

The Human Nutrition and Performance specialization’s main focus is to prepare you for further professional study in health science-related field, such as athletic or occupational nutritional therapy.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online here. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions 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.

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