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Welcome to the Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences

With nationally recognized faculty as experts in their field, our team is dedicated to student success by building up students with a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and abilities to enter graduate school or employment within the health care field, industry or education. Our practice of integrating academic programs, which focus on nutrition, health, recreation, exercise and human performance, provides students and faculty with unique opportunities to collaborate and to promote interaction among students in different majors with a common focus on promoting health through proper nutrition and physical activity.

Students learn how to critique and analyze research within their designated field and apply that knowledge through the access to state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, nationwide internship programs and study abroad experiences. Students are also able to attend regional and national professional meetings, get involved in one of many student organizations and participate in service and research projects.

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Marquette selected for Gatorade Sports Nutrition Immersion Program

Like many former collegiate wrestlers, Dan Marquette looks to make a name for himself in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

However, he doesn’t look to be inside the UFC Octagon® but to make sure those competing inside it are at their peak due to proper nutrition.

Exercise kit and DVD

SDSU students help older adults exercise through pandemic

SDSU Exercise Science Club members put together kits including a DVD and the tools their Healthy Movement participants needed to exercise at home during the pandemic.

Barr awarded Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation scholarship

South Dakota State University graduate student Anna Barr has been awarded the Jessie C. Obert Memorial Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.