Undergraduate Degrees in the College of Health Sciences

We provide students with a quality education focused on the fundamental principles of health, exercise, nutrition and physical activity while equipping you with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills needed to fulfill leadership roles in your chosen area of specialty. 

As a result, you're prepared to move rapidly upward in your chosen career path upon graduation, whether seeking employment or advanced graduate study. Specifically, our undergraduate degrees may prepare you for graduate work in a variety of settings (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, physical education, coaching, strength and conditioning, medicine, dietetics, clinical nutrition and more). Faculty members within the academic disciplines are highly engaged in relevant research, presenting and publishing their findings in a variety of mediums across the country and around the world.

Five undergraduate degree programs are currently offered for a Health Studies B.S. and a B.S.Ed. is offered for physical education teacher education and sport coaching. A minor in medical assisting is also a popular program offered for students interested in obtaining patient contact hours while working part-time through college. Beginning Fall 2020, we are offering a nutrition, health & wellness academic minor open to all students, regardless of your academic major. It is intended to enrich your current plan of study and provide an opportunity to learn valuable skills and information applicable within healthcare settings.

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Bachelor of Science in Health Studies

dietetics icon Dietetics

Undergraduate | Accelerated B.S./M.S.

The dietetics curriculum provides foundation, knowledge and skills in the areas of communications, physical and biological sciences, social sciences, research, food, nutrition, management and health care systems.

ESMS Icon Exercise, Sport & Movement Sciences

Undergraduate |  Accelerated B.S./M.S.

A concentration in exercise, sport & movement sciences provides a comprehensive exposure to the field of exercise science, with coursework in areas such as kinesiology, physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior and exercise programming.

Health Science Icon Health Sciences

Undergraduate | Also available fully online

The health sciences concentration allows you to pursue your interests among the various health professions. It is grounded in health promotion theory and strategies, but offers elective hours to allow you to align your program with your own professional goals.

Healthcare leadership Icon Healthcare Leadership 

Undergraduate | Offered Online Only

The fully online concentration in healthcare leadership provides a comprehensive exposure to the field of leadership with coursework in areas such as the healthcare environment, professionalism, leadership, business skills and communication.

Medical Assisting Icon Medical Assisting

Undergraduate Minor Only

Coursework in the medical assisting minor allows students to obtain the necessary knowledge and practical skills needed to sit for the national certification exam in medical assisting. If students do not desire to obtain a certificate, the coursework should be helpful if they choose to pursue other entry-level healthcare positions for which such knowledge and skills may be desired.

Nutrition, Health & Wellness Nutrition, Health & Wellness

Undergraduate Minor Only

The nutrition, health & wellness academic minor is intended to enrich your current plan of study and provide an opportunity to learn valuable skills and information applicable within healthcare settings. All students interested in pursuing this minor will be able to do so regardlesss of your academic major.


Physical Education Teacher Education B.S.Ed.

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Physical Education Teacher Education


This PETE licensure program prepares you to become physically literate teachers and coaches who are trained in the best practices of physical education and wellness. It is a fully accredited program at the University of Memphis and is led by a vibrant and productive faculty that is nationally and internationally recognized for its scholarship.

Sport Coaching

Sport Coaching


The sport coaching concentration is designed to train forward-thinking people to be the coaches who will lead the next generation of athletes in the fast-paced world of sport. The program aims to prepare students for the demands of leading athletes in individual and team sports at all levels. You’ll receive instruction in areas such as coaching individual and team sports, motivation in athletes, sports performance, administration and leadership, as well as officiating techniques and instruction.