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Pre-professional Programs

A variety of majors can put pre-health students on track to attend medical, dental, physical therapy, chiropractic, or other professional health programs upon graduation. These programs include: diet and exercise, kinesiology (pre-health professions option), and nutritional science (pre-health professional and research option.)

A Child, Adult, and Family Services bachelor’s degree can serve as the foundation for a professional degree in family law, pediatrics, and gerontology.

Strengths of the program

National concern for the condition and well-being of our population has health-related careers as one of the fastest growing job sectors. College of Human Sciences programs such as Diet and Exercise, Kinesiology and Health, and Nutritional Science prepare students for pre-professional programs in dentistry, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic care, and veterinary medicine.

4-year plans

Current and past course syllabi

For current and recent class syllabus examples go to the Class Websites page for the appropriate department:

  • For Nutritional Science the department is Food Science and Human Nutrition.
  • For Diet and Exercise the departments are Food Science and Human Nutrition and Kinesiology.
  • For Kinesiology the department is Kinesiology.
  • For Child, Adult, and Family Services the department is Human Development and Family Studies.

Scholarships and financial aid

College of Human Sciences scholarships: Students complete one online form to apply for all college-level and department-level scholarships. The online form is generally available from November through February.

Career possibilities

Kinesiology and Health related careers:

  • Chiropractor
  • Doctor of human medicine
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Dentist
  • Optometrist

Nutritional Science related careers:

  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician assistant
  • Podiatrist
  • Nurse practitioner

Child, Adult, and Family Services related careers:

  • Family law
  • Pediatrics
  • Gerontology

Transfer plans

Related majors and minors