Undergraduate Degrees in the School of Health Studies

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, SHS 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. 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.

See program career paths » SHS Career Paths PDF


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 and Movement Sciences

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

A concentration in Exercise, Sport and 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


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.


Physical Education Teacher Education B.S.Ed.

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Physical Education Teacher Education                     



Students have the option of taking the PETE licensure or the non-licensure track. The licensure program prepares you to become physically literate teachers and coaches who are trained in the best practices of Physical Education and Wellness. Our non-licensure PETE option, the Community PE program, involves some of the same courses that the licensure students take, and prepares you to teach and coach children physical activity patterns in community settings.