Do you have a passion for helping people improve their physical fitness for health or athletic performance? Then why not promote public wellness and physical education by earning a B.S. in Health and Fitness. Small class sizes mean lots of hands-on, active learning with professors who take a personal interest in your well-being and success.


Career Field

With a degree in Health and Fitness, you will be prepared to excel in the healthcare field at a hospital or corporate or private fitness industry

Positions such as personal trainer, wellness coach, fitness consultant, and athletic coach involve working directly with individuals to help them to improve their physical fitness for health or athletic performance. Health club managers and fitness club owners are business-related positions in which the work is mostly administrative.

Job Outlook

  • The average employment growth rate of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 13% between 2018 and 2028.
  • As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.


With a B.S. in Health and Fitness, you will be prepared to work with people to improve their physical fitness for health and athletic performance.


  • Personal Trainer
  • Health Club Manager
  • Wellness Coach
  • Athletic Coach
  • Fitness Consultant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Healthcare Communications
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Epidemiologist

Expected employment growth of athletic trainers between 2018-2028

Educational Qualifications

Wellness and fitness programs include a combination of theory-based courses, laboratory experiences and internships in the fitness industry intended to provide students with practical, career-focused skills.

Common courses include:

Human anatomy and physiology
Fundamentals of kinesiology 
Fitness promotion among special populations
Stress Management
Exercise physiology

Certification requirements in the fitness industry vary widely, with many certifying organizations offering a variety of credentials. For those interested in further education, master's degree programs are common in wellness and fitness, exercise science and kinesiology.

Kinesiology Core Curriculum  
Item #TitleCredits
KINT 110Fundamentals of Kinesiology3
KINT 201Introductino to Kinesiology Research1
KINT 241 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
KINT 310 Motor Learning3
KINT 321Exercise Physiology3
KINT 331Biomechanics3
KINT 490Senior Seminar (capstone/Portfolio)1
 Sub-Total Credits17
Requried Courses  
Item #TitleCredits
KINA 111Physical Fitness1
 KINA 112 or KINA 2121
KINA 115Resistance Training1
KINA 116Fitness Walking1
 KINA 233 or KINA 2341
KINA 215Advanced Resistance Training1
KINT 216Nutrition 3
KINT 252ACSM Certified Personal Trainer3
KINT 260First Aid, CPR, and First Responder Training2
KINT 354NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist3
KINT 450Administration of Kinesiology 3
KINT 452ACSM Certified Health & Fitness Specialist3
KINT 480Internship3-6
 Sub-Total Credits46


Required Cognates  
Item #TitleCredits
ACCT 211Accounting Principles 13
BIOL 101Anatomy & Physiology 14
BIOL 102Anatomy & Physiology 24
 COMM 261 or MKTG 3033
PSYC 220Human Growth and Development3
 Sub-Total Credits17


Faculty Profiles

Vesa Naukkarinen, MS

Associate Professor

Chad Hutchinson, MS

Assistant Professor

Paulino Santos-Andino, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor and Department Chair