Human Physiology and Nutrition Programs

Human Physiology & Nutrition (HPNU)

HPNU Fuels Multiple Professional Healthcare Pathways

Featuring a foundational, science-based curriculum, the Human Physiology and Nutrition Department prepares students for a wide variety of health-related careers. Graduates find employment or go on to pursue professional training in fields such as physiology, nutrition, exercise science, athletic training, physical therapy, and medicine.


Human Physiology & Nutrition Programs


Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology & Nutrition

The Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology and Nutrition curriculum is built upon a core set of required classes that map directly to the most common prerequisite classes necessary for application to professional schools, such as medical and physician assistant programs, making it an attractive “pre-med” major. 

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science will blend education in basic and applied science for students seeking careers in sport science and medicine and highlights university relationships with local sport organizations and health care providers.


Graduate Programs

Master of Sciences in Applied Physiology

The Master of Sciences Applied Physiology is a research-oriented post-baccalaureate degree program for those who intend to pursue further studies at the doctoral level, such as an MD, PhD, or DPT.

Master of Sciences Sports Nutrition

The Master of Sciences in Sport Nutrition Program seeks to educate students with backgrounds in dietetics in the fundamental skills, knowledge and practice of Sport Nutrition in order to prepare them for board certification and leadership positions in nutrition services.


Other Programs


For those currently holding a Bachelor's degree, the UCCS Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP) program offers a pathway to become a registered dietitian.

Internship: Air Force Strength & Conditioning

For students seeking a Strength and Conditioning Internship with the Air Force Academy. Contact Daniel Hutchinson to apply.


Internship: Colorado Springs Fire Department

The Colorado Springs Fire Department and UCCS offer an internship experience for the Fall and Spring semesters. The internship consists of assisting with the assessment and physical training of the incoming trainees for the Colorado Springs fire academy class. Contact Daniel Hutchison to apply.

UCHealth Preceptorship

Exercise Science students, learn about clincial opportunities as an exercise physiologist.

  • 200+ Clinical Hours
  • 12-16 Hours per Week
  • 5 Cardiac Departments to see

Apply for Spring 2022 by November 15, 2021. Contact Daniel Hutchinson to apply.