Are you dedicated to improving the health and wellness of others? Our 5-year BS Exercise Science/ MS Nutrition will put you on the fast track to a rewarding career. 

You'll save on tuition when you take two graduate courses in your senior year, as you combine your undergraduate degree in exercise science and master of science in nutrition and health promotion. Our students go on to careers in a variety of fields promoting health, including positions in research, government programs, weight loss centers, and exercise facilities.

Program Requirements

Simmons exercise science students with an overall minimum GPA of 3.3 may apply for the Nutrition and Health Promotion graduate program at the end of their first semester junior year (deadline: February 15). Application to this program is directed to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Both the application fee and the GRE requirement will be waived.

The curriculum for this program is described below. Two graduate courses, SNHS 410 Research Methods and SNHS 450 Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, or other SNHS course if scheduling is a problem, are taken during the fall and spring of the senior year. This is 6 credit hours which may be counted toward undergraduate degree credits*** and also fulfill two of their graduate course requirements, giving the students a significant graduate tuition reduction.

In order for an accepted student to continue with the program after senior year (UG), they must meet the following academic standards during senior year. The student must:

  • Have maintained satisfactory academic progress in coursework through the Spring semester of senior year and attained a final undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.0 upon graduation (including spring semester grades).
  • Have met the MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion requirement of attaining a minimum of a B in each of the graduate courses taken as part of the program during senior year.

Combined requirements for the undergraduate Exercise Science major and graduate degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion:

First Year

  • BIOL 113 General Biology (pre-req for BIOL 246)
  • MATH 118 Introductory Statistics OR MATH 227: Biostatistical Design OR MATH 229: Regression Models
  • CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry: Inorganic (pre-req for BIOL 231)
  • CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry: Organic (pre-req for BIOL 231)

Sophomore Year

  • BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 246 Foundations in Exercise and Health
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • NUTR 112 Fundamentals of Nutrition Science

Junior Year

  • SNHS 361 Exercise Assessment and Prescription
  • PSYC 232 Health Psychology
  • BIOL 332 Exercise Physiology
  • CHEM 223 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • NUTR 237 Practice in Community Nutrition
  • Apply for the MS program by February 15
  • CPR with AED Training at Health Care Provider level
  • First Aid Certification

Senior Year

  • BIOL 370 Internship (8 credits)
  • BIOL 362 Kinesiology
  • PHYS 110 Introduction to Physics I (pre-req for BIOL 362)
  • SNHS 450 Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • SNHS 410 Research Methods

***Either SNHS 450 or SNHS 410 would be taken as a fifth course during the senior year. Students need 127 unique credits to graduate with an undergraduate degree. This allows them to substitute one 3-credit course for the usual 4 credit offerings at Simmons. Since both of the graduate courses are 3 credits, then the student would have to take one of these as a fifth course, if they didn't already have an extra course prior to the senior year.


Exercise Science Electives:

  • BIOL 221 and 221L Microbiology and lab
  • PHYS 111 and 111L Intro Physics II and lab
  • SOCI 241 Health, Illness and Society
  • SOCI 345 Health Care Systems and Policy
  • SOCI 266 Sociology of Sports
  • NUTR 110 Sociocultural Implications of Nutrition
  • NUTR 215 Sports Nutrition
  • CHEM 223 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • NUTR 311 Nutrient Metabolism (CHEM 223 prereq.)
  • MCPHS BEH405A Mind-Body Medicine
Internships and Research
Research and clinical internships are critical components of this program. You'll gain confidence as you master your professional practice skills, build your resume and make connections at our world-renowned clinical sites. 
Faculty
    Randi Lite
    • Randi Lite
    • Associate Professor of Practice and Program Director for Exercise Science
    • Phone: 617-521-2660
    • Office: S259A
    Elizabeth Metallinos-Katsaras
How to Apply
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