Fitness and Wellness B.S.

Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120

The Fitness and Wellness major will prepare students to assume roles of fitness and wellness professionals for private business and industries, community organizations, and health care facilities. The Fitness and Wellness graduates will become effective and knowledgeable instructors, providing a safe and rewarding experience for people of all ages. Job responsibilities may include personal training, fitness testing, exercise prescription, development and implementation of health and fitness programs and designing and instructing group exercise programs. This major is also designed to prepare for graduate study in numerous areas of exercise and sport science.

Those interested in this degree must complete the 43 hour core along with the 13 hour Internship and Wellness hours. Students must also complete either of the two specializations: Fitness Pedagogy or Exercise Science.

A student majoring in Fitness and Wellness must satisfactorily pass a comprehensive examination (HPER 476S) prior to graduation.

Fitness and Wellness majors must complete 36 hours of essential studies. Additional requirements to the major include (BIOL 111, BIOL 111L or BIOL 150, BIOL 150L) BIOL 220, BIOL 220L, HPER 100, HPER 200 and HPER 210.

A list of approved essential studies courses is available here.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • SLO 1:Through the demonstration and application of discipline specific concepts, HPER students will serve as advocates for fitness.
  • SLO 2: HPER students will effectively communicate through a variety of methods with a discipline specific population.
  • SLO 3:  HPER students will utilize a variety of technological resources and equipment to enhance discipline specific population engagement and learning.
  • SLO 4: HPER students will assess individual understanding of discipline specific concepts and utilize that assessment toward overall improvement.

 

Requirements

Core Courses

BIOL 221Anatomy & Physiology II

3

BIOL 221LAnatomy & Physiology II Lab

1

HPER 207Prevention & Care Of Injuries

3

HPER 217Personal & Community Health

2

HPER 222Nutrition

3

HPER 233Individual Fitness

2

HPER 310Foundations and History of Health, Physical Education, and Sports

2

HPER 340Modern Issues and Materials In Health

3

HPER 350Motor Learning

2

HPER 368Principles of Conditioning

3

HPER 390Facilities and Design Management

3

HPER 402Exercise Physiology

4

HPER 415Evaluation of Psychomotor Performance

3

HPER 430Methods of Appraisal, Testing and Prescription of Exercise

3

HPER 441Applied Kinesiology

3

HPER 465Sport Law

3

Required Specialization: Internship/Wellness (13 SH)

HPER 476S-DComprehensive Review/Exam - Fitness and Wellness

1

HPER 497SInternship

0.50-10.00

Students are required to complete 2 SH of HPER 497S

Wellness Electives: Select 10 SH from the following

HPER 302Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic

3

HPER 332Comprehensive Health Education For K-12

3

HPER 360Sport and Exercise Psychology

2

HPER 380Sport Sociology

2

HPER 460Sport in a Diverse Society

3

PSYC 255Child and Adolescent Psychology

3

SOC 355Drugs and Society

3

Specializations

Students must choose one specialization from the options below:

Exercise Science (19 SH)

CHEM 121General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 121LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 122General Chemistry II

3

CHEM 122LGeneral Chemistry II Lab

1

MATH 323Probability & Statistics

3

PHYS 211College Physics I

3

PHYS 211LCollege Physics I Lab

1

PHYS 212College Physics II

3

PHYS 212LCollege Physics II Lab

1

Fitness Pedagogy (19 SH)

HPER 315Movement Education in Early Childhood

2

HPER 319Health and Physical Education In The Elementary School

2

HPER 333Adapted Physical Education

2

HPER 342Physical Activity Instruction of Older Adults

3

HPER 345Methods of Group Exercise Instruction

3

HPER 370Fitness / Sports Teaching Techniques

3

Electives: Select 4 SH from the following

HPER 120Racquet Sports

1

HPER 130Spring Outdoor Pursuits

1

HPER 131Fall Outdoor Pursuits

1

HPER 135Golf

1

HPER 153Recreational Sports

1

HPER 206Social/Folk Dance

1

HPER 209Rhythms and Tumbling

1

1 SH HPER Aquatics

HPER 219Lifeguard Training

1

HPER 263Swimming and Basic Water Safety

1

HPER 265Water Safety Instructor

2

Total Credit Hours: 75

*No minor required