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 (Gen. Ed. Domain II-B, Lab) or
    • CHEM 107 Principles of Chemistry (Gen. Ed. Domain II-B, Lab)
  • COMM 215 Science Communication or
    • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • HLTH 105 Personal and Community Health
  • 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 (Gen. Ed. Domain II-B, Lab) or
    • Introductory Biology Course with lab
  • BIOL 241 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
  • BIOL 242 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
  • MRKT 181 Marketing Principles
  • NUTR 271 Nutrition for Sports and Exercise
  • HLTH 302 Exercise Physiology
  • HLTH 310 Exercise Testing and Prescription   
  • HLTH 410 Personal Training       
  • HLTH 495 Internship in Health and Wellness
  • One additional HLTH or NUTR course

NOTE: Students completing this concentration have met the academic requirements for a minor in biology.


Concentration in Nutrition and Food Studies (10 courses)

  • BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Biology (Gen. Ed. Domain II-B, Lab) or
    • BIOL 235 Principles of Human Physiology with Lab
  • CHEM 201 Introductory Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with Lab or
    • CHEM 207 Organic Chemistry I with Lab
  • FINA 100 Principles of Financial Literacy (Gen. Ed. Domain II-A)
  • NUTR 364 Experimental Study of Food
  • NUTR 381 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • NUTR 384 Foodservice Systems
  • NUTR 478 Community Nutrition
  • NUTR 495 Internship in Food and Nutrition
  • Two additional HLTH or NUTR courses


NOTE: A minor is recommended for students in both concentrations.  Suggested minors include:

Fitness: Biology, Business, Marketing, Nutrition, Sports Management, Psychology, Sociology, Communication Arts

Nutrition and Food Studies: Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Portuguese, Communication Arts



Effective as of the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog