Exercise/Nutrition Science (Blended Learning)

Exercise/Nutrition Science

The Master of Science in Exercise/Nutrition Science option  prepares the graduate for advanced positions with an emphasis in the areas of physical activity, exercise science, strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports nutrition, and health promotion. Potential careers can vary by student background but generally include: exercise physiologists, strength and conditioning specialist, health coach, exercise scientist, wellness coordinator, sports scientists, fitness center manager, registered dietitian, sports nutritionist, nutrition educator, public health nutritionist, or community nutritionist. The department is devoted to researching and understanding the long-term effects of exercise programming, physical activity, and nutrition, and translating this research into effective exercise/nutrition science and wellness programs for children, adolescents, and men and women of all ages, as well as athletes. This option is appropriate for dietetics, nutrition, kinesiology, and exercise science graduates or related fields and contains three degree paths (Plan A, B, C). Each path contains a combination of in-person and online courses and is flexible based on the needs of the student applicant. More information on each path is described below. Upon acceptance students should try to declare their path of interests to their academic mentor before the first semester of enrollment (if possible) so the proper classes can be recommended. If students are not sure which path to select upon admission, all path differences and procedures will be further discussed in detail within the in HNES 790- seminar: Introduction to HNES (required for all paths).

Graduate Faculty eligible to mentor students: Dr. Bryan Christensen, Dr. Marty Douglas, Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson, Dr. Kyle Hackney, Dr. Elizabeth Hilliard,Dr. Ryan McGrath, Dr. Yeong Rhee, Dr. Ashley Roseno, Dr. Sherri Stastny and Dr. Donna Terbizan.

Minimum criteria to be considered for admission for all paths:
Note-meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance. Workload limitations and capacity limits for the program or faculty mentor may apply.

  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Undergraduate major of Dietetics, Exercise Science, or closely related fields

Plan A- thesis

The traditional thesis typically includes a problem statement, a review of existing literature relevant to that problem, and the creation and presentation of new knowledge in providing a solution to the problem. Each student assembles a supervisory committee as described in the HNES and Graduate school handbooks. Each candidate is required to pass a final oral examination in which the supervisory committee serves as the examining committee. Following a successful defense, the candidate will submit an electronic copy of their thesis to the Graduate School for review and often there is an attempt to publish the work in a prestigious academic journal. This path is open to all students but is specifically recommended for students interested in academic or science careers or those who wish to explore further graduate work in the future (PhD, DPT, MD). Pairing a student with faculty mentor that has experience in the area of interest is fundamentally important in this path. A list of faculty that mentor in this path is above.

Required:       
HNES 790   Seminar Introduction to HNES (1) (1 credit, online course)
HNES 710   Introduction to Research Design and Methods in HNES (3 credits)
STAT  725   Applied Statistics (3 credits)
HNES 713   Graduate Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
HNES 726   Nutrition and Wellness (3 credits, online course)                                                   
HNES 727   Physical Activity Epidemiology (3 credits)
HNES  ---    Electives (9 credit hours)
HNES 798   Thesis (6 credit hours)

Curriculum: Total 31 credits

Plan B- paper

The Plan B path will proceed thorough understanding of existing knowledge and the ability to apply/understand that existing knowledge to a problem of interest. Note that under this degree, the new knowledge being created is focused more on a singular review or manuscript type deliverable (rather than a novel research investigation), and this is the primary difference between the Plan A and Plan B paths. The precise nature of the individual creative component is defined by the faculty mentor, committee, and student. Examples of possible creative components include a comprehensive paper that is prepared for an academic or practitioner based journal or an in depth exploration of applicable technology in the area. Each candidate would assemble a supervisory committee and defend the product at a formal defense. This final submission to the Graduate College is to be approved by the student's supervisory committee. This path is open to all students but is specifically recommended for students who may have a focused interest in the field and may still be interested in further graduate work (PhD, DPT, MD) in the future, however, the scope of the next step is not yet defined.

HNES 790   Seminar Introduction to HNES (1 credit, online course)
HNES 710   Introduction to Research Design and Methods in HNES (3 credits)
STAT  725   Applied Statistics (3 credits)
HNES 713   Graduate Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
HNES 726   Nutrition and Wellness (3 credits, online course)                                                   
HNES 727   Physical Activity Epidemiology (3 credits)
HNES ---     Electives (12 credits)
HNES 796   Paper (3 credits)

Curriculum: Total 31 credits

NEW PATH- Available starting for Fall 2020!!!

Plan C-Internship/Capstone

Plan C is designed for programs in which a well-defined culminating experience is more important than is an individual creative component. Each program will define a culminating experience such as a capstone experience or some other approach to measure the candidate's understanding of the relevant material in the area (certification, certificate, internship experience/project). The student's supervisory committee would generally consist of faculty solely from within that discipline. The supervisory committee may specify that a certain level of performance (i.e., a minimum GPA) be obtained in specified courses or in the program itself. Upon completion of the appropriate course work and culminating experience, the candidate must submit to the Graduate School examination documentation (in collaboration with their mentor) and an Application for Graduate Degree. This path is open to all students but is specifically recommended for students who are currently employed part-time or full-time or and further graduate work beyond the MS program is not going to be pursued. Additional course work is included in this path to given a formal document and defense is not required to be submitted to the Graduate College.

Required:       
HNES 790     Seminar Introduction to HNES (1 credit, online course)
HNES 713     Graduate Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
HNES 726     Nutrition and Wellness (3 credits, online course)
HNES  ---       Electives (18 or more credit hours)
HNES 793/4/5 Independent study/ Internship / Field Experience (6 credits*)
*All experiences are subject to approval by mentor/supervisory committee.

Electives for all Plan A, B, and C paths:
HNES 660     Foodservice Systems Mgt II
HNES 703     Graduate Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
HNES 704     Psychological Foundations of Sport and Physical Activity (online)
HNES 724     Nutrition Education in the Community
HNES 727     Physical Activity Epidemiology
HNES 735     Nutrition for Human Performance (hybrid)
HNES 743     Obesity Across the Lifespan 
HNES 754     Assessment in Physical Activity and Nutrition
HNES 760     Skeletal Muscle Physiology (online)
HNES 761     Physiological and Fitness Assessment in Exercise and Nutrition
HNES 762     Exercise Endocrinology (online)
HNES 770     Evidence Based Research and Practice (2)
HNES 777     Scholarly Writing and Presenting in HNES 
HNES 791     Temporary/Trial Topics
HNES 792     Graduate Teaching Experience

Other HNES course electives or other graduate courses offered by the University may be substituted with approval from the faculty teaching the course as well as the supervisory committee.

Curriculum: Total 34 credits

Applications will be reviewed immediately once all requirements are completed through the graduate school application system.  Applications will be reviewed through August 1st  for consideration for fall semester.


To Apply- Please visit https://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/apply and follow the domestic and international application procedures.

HNES MS Exercise Nutrition Science Graduate Course Rotation Schedule

 

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