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Sports Nutrition

Students enrolled in the Nutritional Sciences graduate program may elect to complete an area of emphasis in Sports Nutrition. This emphasis area spans general wellness, competitive athletes, children, older adults, and people with disabilities.

Quick Facts

  • Pursue sports nutrition courses, internships, and research as part of your graduate degree in Nutritional Sciences
  • Requires 12 and 18 credit hours in nutrition and exercise science (approximately 4 to 6 courses)
  • Registered Dietitians can meet some requirements for the Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) examination through the Commission for Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Upon completion, your transcript will indicate you met requirements

Tailored to Your Interests

  • Improve nutrition and physical activity habits in clinical, community and athletic settings
  • Prepare for Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) Examination
  • Develop research skills in scientific and practical principles of nutrition for sport and exercise


Required core courses 7 credits

  • FDNS/KINS 8230 Advanced Nutrition in Physical Activity, Exercise, and Sport (3) OR FDNS/KINS 6220 Nutrition in Physical Activity, Exercise, and Sport (3)
  • KINS 7330/L Metabolic and Cardiorespiratory Aspects of Exercise (4)

Electives degree requirements MS (5 credits), or Doctorate (8 credits)

  • KINS/FDNS 6700 Weight Management Coaching (3)
  • KINS/HPRB/FDNS 7600 Public Health Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions (4)
  • FDNS 6070 Research Methodology in Human Foods and Nutrition (1)
  • FDNS 6230E Current Issues in Sports Nutrition (3)
  • FDNS 6560 Nutrition, Health, and Aging (3)
  • FDNS 8530 Nutrition and Disease Processes I (3)
  • KINS 6300 Exercise Epidemiology (3)
  • KINS 6320 Exercise and Aging (3)
  • KINS 6690-6690L Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology (4)
  • KINS 7340 Exercise Psychology (3)
  • KINS 8300-8300L Exercise, Obesity and Cardiometabolic Diseases (4), doctorate
  • FDNS/KINS 7940 Nutrition Physical Activity, Exercise, and Sport Internship (3-9)
  • Core requirement options not taken to fulfill core.

Internship Opportunities

Internship sites include the UGA Center for Physical Activity and Health and other university, public health, community and clinical settings.

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