Health And Wellness Major

College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) – Department of Food and Nutrition

Successful completion of university and major requirements leads to the Bachelor of Science with a major in Health and Wellness. This major is for students who want a career in fitness, nutrition education, wellness, or foodservice. Students complete core courses in the major and required courses in one concentration: Fitness or Nutrition and Food Studies.

The General Education Requirement

All students must satisfy a general education requirement consisting of ten (10) courses outside of the major department. The General Education Domain II-B (Natural Sciences) and laboratory requirement are satisfied through the completion of the major requirements.


Course Prerequisites

Courses may have specified conditions for enrollment, such as prior completion of less advanced courses, permission of the instructor, or appropriate placement test scores. Students should refer to course descriptions in the department listings for prerequisite requirements.

Health and Wellness Mission Statement

The Food and Nutrition program at Framingham State University provides a course of study that enables students to actively participate in the changing wellness environments. The Health and Wellness major prepares students for careers in health, wellness, fitness, nutrition and food education, or foodservice disciplines.


Health and Wellness Learning Goals and Specific Learning Outcomes:

Learning Goals: The program will

  • prepare students for a variety of careers in health, wellness, fitness, food and nutrition education, and foodservice.
  • enable students to develop proficiency in relevant technology.
  • prepare students to become dedicated life-long learners.


Specific Learning Outcomes:  Students will be able to

  • describe the principles of health and wellness from a multidimensional and interdisciplinary perspective.
  • think and act ethically in the context of health, nutrition and wellness.
  • apply management principles to evaluate human, physical, and fiscal resources in organizations.
  • demonstrate a variety of communication strategies in health and wellness education.


Additional Fitness concentration Learning Outcomes:  Students will be able to

  • demonstrate competence in assessing the health-related components of physical fitness.
  • develop, implement, and evaluate physical activity programs for apparently healthy individuals and individuals with medical conditions who are cleared for independent physical activity.
  • explain the benefits of physical activity and nutrition for health, wellness, length of life, and quality of life.


Additional Nutrition and Food Studies concentration Learning Outcomes:  Students will be able to

  • interpret and apply nutrition science concepts to improve the health of individuals and communities.
  • identify and apply food principles to food and nutrition systems.


Requirements for Major in Health and Wellness:


Major Core Courses (9 courses)

  • CHEM 103 Introductory Chemistry or
    • CHEM 107 Principles of Chemistry
  • COMM 215 Science Communication or
    • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • HLTH 110 Wellness for Life
  • HLTH 206 Wellness Behavior
  • HLTH 326 Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior 
  • NUTR 110 Fundamentals of Nutrition Science
  • NUTR 262 Food, Culture, and Society
  • NUTR 333 Nutrition and Chronic Disease
  • NUTR 482 Management of Food and Nutrition Services
    • (Students with a minor in Business can substitute MGMT 381 Human Resource Management)


Concentration in Fitness (10 courses)

  • BIOL 130 Principles of Biology or
    • Introductory Biology Course with lab
  • BIOL 241 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
  • BIOL 242 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
  • HLTH 302 Exercise Physiology
  • HLTH 310 Exercise Testing and Prescription   
  • HLTH 410 Personal Training       
  • HLTH 495 Internship in Health and Wellness
  • MRKT 181 Marketing Principles
  • NUTR 271 Nutrition for Sports and Exercise
  • One additional HLTH or NUTR course

 NOTE: A minor is recommended for students in this major.  Suggested minors include for Fitness include: Communication Arts, Biology, Business, Marketing, Nutrition, Sports Management, Psychology, Sociology.



Effective as of the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog