Sports Nutrition & Exercise Science

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The MS in sports nutrition and exercise science is a 45-credit degree that can be completed in two years as a full-time student. The degree requirements consist of 24 credits in core courses, a 9-credit research sequence, culminating in an original research project as a thesis; and 12 credits in electives.

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Jessica Bachman, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2011. Obesity prevention and treatment, sports nutrition.

Jessica Rae Bodzio, Clinical Instructor and DPD Program Director in Nutrition and Dietetics, M.S., Marywood University, 2010. Lifestyle nutrition.

Joanne Christaldi, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Georgia, 2008. Medical nutrition therapy, health promotion and wellness, obesity prevention and control, and food insecurity.

Diana Cuy Castellanos, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi, 2011. Community nutrition, dietary acculturation, statistics, nutrition transitions.

Maureen Dunne-Touhey, R.D., L.D.N., Director, Dietetic Internship Program, M.S., H.H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, 1983.

Sandra Graham, Coordinator of Family and Consumer Sciences; M.S., Georgia State University, Doctoral candidate, SUNY Binghamton; Sports Nutrition, Role of the School cafeteria in student identity formation and student nutritional status; teacher education program development.

Lee Harrison, Professor and Chair, Nutrition and Dietetics; Ph.D., NYU 1984. Personality type (MBTI) and its effects on career choice, competence, and ability to predict success; nutrition support/critical care; food habits; health promotion; gerontological nutrition.

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The facilities are state-of-the-art. The Nutrition and Human Performance Laboratories are housed in the newly constructed Keith J. O’Neill Center for Healthy Families and allow students the opportunity to work hands-on in a world-class human performance laboratory. All students have access to the labs. Equipment for use in research includes 8-foot by 10-foot and 3-foot by 6-foot treadmills, a Cybex 6000, a Bod Pod, a DEXA scanner, cycle ergometers, kayak/rowing ergometers, an upper-body ergometer, metabolic carts, an ECG, a lactate analyzer, a near-infrared spectrophotometer for muscle blood flow and energetics research, air-quality analysis equipment, a pulmonary lab, a biochemistry lab, and a climate-control room. New equipment is frequently added.

Jessica

To love what you do is never truly working a day in your life.

I graduated from Marywood University in 2012 with a Masters of Science in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science. Currently, I work as a Registered Dietitian for the Sports Medicine Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I also work as an adjunct professor at Otterbein University and teach upper level nutrition courses.  I have been with Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine for 2½ years. My daily job duties include counseling pediatric and adolescent athletes, speaking engagements for youth and school sports teams, professional presentations, conducting research alongside our sports medicine physicians, and other duties I affectionately refer to as “duties otherwise as assigned”.  Needless to say- I have very few dull or unplanned moments, but to love what you do is never truly working a day in your life.

During my time at Marywood, I was a graduate assistant for the Nutrition and Dietetics Department working alongside some wonderful faculty mentors.  Without this team of faculty, I would wholeheartedly not be where I am today. They were selfless in their efforts to help encourage and coach me through some of the most challenging years of my life.  One of the highlights of my time at Marywood was traveling to Tanzania, Africa to perform a nutrition survey at Bigwa School for Girls in Tanzania. Marywood is affiliated with the African Sisters Educational Collaborative, which helps provide numerous resources for Bigwa. I was asked to collect data about students eating habits at Bigwa and match it against the food offerings, availability, and composition for one week.

Beyond my position at Children’s, I have had the opportunity to co-author a chapter for the new ASPEN Manual, be on National News segments discussing topics such as the Female Athlete Triad, and confer with some of the most well known individuals in the field of sports nutrition. I would not be where I am today without my degree, experiences, friendships, and mentorship I received during my time at Marywood.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science

The M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science is jointly administered by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Department of Health and Physical Education. Applicants to the program leading to a degree in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science usually have an undergraduate degree in nutrition/dietetics or an exercise-related field. Individuals with other backgrounds are encouraged to apply with the understanding that they will need at least one year of anatomy and physiology (minimum six credits) and one chemistry course (minimum three credits) and one exercise physiology course (minimum three credits). These courses may be completed at Marywood during the first year of graduate coursework. GREs are required for admission into the program. The M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science is a 36-credit program requiring 21 credits in core nutrition and exercise science courses, 9 credits in the research sequence, and 6 credits of electives. In addition to the required courses, the candidate must successfully complete and defend an original research project. Students, after consultation with the chairperson, will select a member of the Nutrition/Dietetics or Health and Physical Education faculty as a mentor. The mentor and two other committee members will work with the candidate on an individual basis throughout the research project. A non-thesis option is also available. 

Program of Study

36 semester hours

CORE COURSES
21 semester hours

SNES/N D 502 Exercise Testing and Nutrition Assessment (with lab)
3
SNES/N D 510 Biomechanics
3
SNES/N D 549 Sports Nutrition
3
SNES/N D 574 Exercise Physiology (with lab)
3
SNES/N D 578 Sports Supplements
3
SNES/N D 581 Advanced Nutrition: Energy Nutrients and Alcohol
3
SNES/N D 582 Advanced Nutrition: Vitamins and Minerals
3

RESEARCH SEQUENCE

9 semester hours

SNES/N D 590 Research Methodology
3
SNES/N D 591 Statistical Analysis
3
SNES/N D 595 A, B, C Research Thesis (1 credit each)
3

NON-THESIS

N D 596 Capstone Experience in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science (replaces 595A, B, C)
3

ELECTIVES

6 semester hours

SNES/N D 503 Endocrine Disorders, Nutrition, and Exercise
3
SNES/N D 509 Principles of Strength and Conditioning
3
SNES/N D 513 Exercise and Aging
3
SNES/N D 523 Immunology, Exercise and Nutrition
3
SNES/N D 525 Fluid and Electrolyte Balance/Pharmacology
3
SNES/N D 575 Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Management
3

These courses are examples of electives that might be available during a student’s program. Students cannot be guaranteed that a particular elective course will be available. Electives are offered on an approximately three-year rotation.

Additional courses may be selected from graduate courses offered in Nutrition, Health and Physical Education, or other departments with permission of the advisor.