College of Human Sciences / Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences
Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences
Florida State University’s leading-edge programs in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences (NFES) prepare scholars and practitioners to excel in professions which enhance physical well-being, health and human performance by providing a firm foundation in essential scientific and technical knowledge and practical skills through teaching, research, publication and service. Today’s interest in healthy lifestyles is translating into a remarkable range of career opportunities related to diet, fitness, and health. Targeted coursework allows students to learn the professional, technical, and interpersonal aspects of their career with an emphasis on the prevention of chronic diseases laying a foundation for experiential learning through internships and laboratory activities. Approximately 1500 undergraduate and graduate students each semester are served by our outstanding teaching and research faculty who help create a challenging academic environment.
Four Bachelor of Science degrees are offered: Dietetics, Food and Nutrition, Exercise Science, and Athletic Training. Dietetics students learn the knowledge and skills required to qualify for a dietetic internship. Our Dietetics degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Food and Nutrition major has a strong science base that prepares students for job opportunities in the food industry, government agencies, the medical field, as well as graduate study. The Exercise Science program prepares students for graduate study in exercise physiology, medicine, dentistry and other health related fields, as well as for positions as personal trainers and health fitness instructors. The Athletic Training program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), prepares students to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination in order to work as athletic trainers.
The Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences is in a unique position nationwide to provide graduate coursework and research opportunities in human nutrition and food science, as well as sports nutrition, sports sciences, and exercise physiology. The combination of these respective areas of concentration within a single department facilitates integrative studies between diet and physical activity in the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of selected chronic disease states, as well as studies on the quality and safety of food, and optimal human performance. NFES also provides an ACEND accredited dietetic internship program for qualified applicants as a post-baccalaureate route for students to become eligible to take the examination necessary to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).
NFES Brochure for the Web (pdf 1.59 MB)