Health & Fitness (B.S.)

A major in Health and Fitness prepares the student to become a health fitness specialist or a personal trainer and find a career in the hospital, corporate or private fitness industry.  Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercises, resistance training, and stretching.  Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.

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A major in Health and Fitness prepares the student to become a certified personal trainer or a strength and conditioning specialist and find a career in the hospital, corporate or private fitness industry. 

Job Outlook

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other fitness facilities will increase the need for workers in these areas.

Earnings

The median annual wage of fitness trainers and instructors was $31,090 in May 2010.

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, nutrition, fundamentals of kinesiology, fitness promotion among special populations, managing stress, and 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. 

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018.

 

KINESIOLOGY CORE CURRICULUM

KINT 110 Fundamentals of Kinesiology............................ 3

KINT 201 Introduction to Kinesiology Research ............. 1

KINT 241 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries......... 3

KINT 310 Motor Learning................................................... 3

KINT 321 Exercise Physiology ............................................ 3

KINT 331 Biomechanics ...................................................... 3

KINT 490 Senior Seminar.................................................... 1 

TOTAL: 20

HEALTH AND FITNESS CONCENTRATION

KINA 111 Physical Fitness .................................................... 1

KINA 112 Aerobics OR
KINA 212 Advanced Aerobics..............................................1

KINA 115 Resistance Training..............................................1

KINA 116 Fitness Walking....................................................1

KINA 233 Water Aerobics OR 

KINA 234 Lifeguard Training...............................................1

KINA 215 Advanced Resistance Training...........................1

KINT 216 Nutrition ............................................................... 3

KINT 252 ACSM Certified Personal Trainer..................... 3

KINT 260 First Aid, CPR & First Responder Training .... 2

KINT 354 NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist...................................... 3

KINT 450 Administration of Kinesiology ......................... 3

KINT 452 ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist....... 3

KINT 480  Internship....................................................... 6

TOTAL: 29

REQUIRED COGNATES:

ACCT 211 Accounting Principles I ..................................... 3

BIOL 101, 102 Anatomy and Physiology........................... 8

COMM 261 Reporting 1 OR

CSIS 303 E-Commerce and Website Design.................... 3 

PSYC 220 Human Growth and Development...............3

 

First Year

First Semester

KINT 110—Fundamentals of Kinesiology ...............................3

UNIV 111—Wellness for Life ...............................1

ENGL 121—Freshmen Composition........................................3

Mathematics .........................................................................3

BIOL 101—Anatomy and Physiology.......................................4

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

KINA 111—Physical Fitness.......................................................1

KINT 216—Nutrition .................................................................3

KINT 260—First Aid, CPR, and First Responder Training ...2

Religion ......................................................................................3

BIOL 102—Anatomy and Physiology.......................................4

COMM 111—Speech ................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

KINA 112—Aerobics (or KINA 212) ........................................1

KINT 241—Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries.............3

PSYC 220—Human Growth and Development ......................3

ENGL 220—Research Writing...................................................3

Religion ........................................................................................3

Elective .........................................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

KINT 201—Introduction to Kinesiology Research .................1

History (non-US) .......................................................................3

COMM 261—Reporting 1 or

Computer Science ......................................................................3

Religion ........................................................................................3

Fine Arts Elective .............................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

KINA 115—Resistance Training................................................1

KINA 116—Fitness Walking ......................................................1

KINT 252—ACSM Certi ed Personal Trainer ........................3

KINT 450—Administration in Kinesiology .............................3

Literature .....................................................................................3

ACCT 211—Accounting Principles 1........................................3

KINT 310—Motor Learning.......................................................3

TOTAL:​ 17

KINA 215—Advanced Resistance Training .............................1

KINT 331—Biomechanics ..........................................................3

KINT 452—ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist...........3

Physical Science Elective ...............................................................3

History .........................................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 14

Fourth Year

KINA 233—Water Aerobics (or KINA 234).............................1

Elective.........................................................................................3

Elective.........................................................................................3

Upper Division Elective.............................................................3

Upper Division Elective.............................................................3

Upper Division Elective.............................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

KINT 480—Internship ................................................................6

KINT 490—Senior Seminar........................................................1

Religion Upper Division ...........................................................3

KINT 354—NSCA Certified Strength and

Conditioning Specialist..........................................3

TOTAL:​ 13