BS in Fitness Programming and Management
Degree Program Description
The Bachelor of Science in Fitness Programming and Management provides students with the knowledge and skills to assist individuals across the lifespan in adopting physical activity, exercise, and other healthy behaviors that lead to increased fitness, wellness and optimal health. Students are prepared to pursue national certifications provided by professional organizations in fields of study related to exercise, strength and conditioning, and sports medicine. Graduates will be experts at teaching exercise to most populations. Additionally, students will complete the coursework needed to earn a Minor in Business preparing them for a variety of jobs in the fitness industry and beyond. Information on the minor, courses, grades and other qualifications to earn the minor can be found at: Minor in Business.
- Skills in designing, implementing, administering and evaluating effective exercise/health promotion programs in private, work-site, community, health care, medical, and agency settings.
- Foundational knowledge in fitness, exercise, and physical activity.
- Methods for helping people make healthy behavior changes and lessen unhealthy behaviors.
- Competencies required to be qualified to take a national certification from the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT) and/or the NSCA certification for Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Students are strongly encouraged to consider taking one or both of these certifications.
Students who earn a degree in Fitness Programming and Management often pursue careers in fitness centers, college and university wellness and health promotion, community health agencies, fitness manufacturing companies, hospitals and medical facilities, insurance companies, nonprofit disease prevention agencies, private health care organizations, schools, state and county health departments, wellness centers, and work-site wellness and health promotion.
Major Program Requirements
This program is designed as a 100% online degree program leading to a BS in Fitness Programming and Management and requires a minimum of 120 total credit hours to complete. Student are prepared and encouraged (but not required) to take national certification exams from the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT) and from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Fitness and Program Management are required to complete all University general education, University graduation and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.
If you are planning to transfer courses (including AP credit) and would like information on how they apply to a degree program(s), you can email MUSHPadvising@missouri.edu for general recommendations.
Students are admissible to transfer into this program with a 2.0 cumulative GPA and are directly admissible as a freshman when you meet the University admissions requirements.
|ACCTCY 2010||Introduction to Accounting||3|
|or ACCTCY 2026||Accounting I|
|ECONOM 1014||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|or ABM 1041||Applied Microeconomics|
|FINANC 2000||Survey of Business Finance||3|
|or FINANC 3000||Corporate Finance|
|MANGMT 3000||Principles of Management||3|
|MRKTNG 3000||Principles of Marketing||3|
|NEP 1034||Introduction to Human Nutrition||3|
|NEP 1340||Introduction to Exercise and Fitness||3|
|NEP 1485||Career Exploration in Exercise Science||1|
|NEP 2130||Exercise Techniques (Or equivalent in Health Professions)||3|
|NEP 2140||Exercise Practicum I (Or cross-listed equivalent in Health Professions)||3|
|NEP 2380||Diet Therapy for Health Professionals||3|
|NEP 2450||Nutrition Throughout the Life Span||3|
|NEP 3450||Activity Throughout the Lifespan||3|
|NEP 3550||Corporate, Community, and Personal Fitness (Or equivalent in Health Professions)||3|
|NEP 4140||Exercise Practicum II (Or equivalent in Health Professions)||3|
|PH_THR 4420||Foundations of Therapeutic Exercise||3|
|NEP 3XXX Essentials of Exercise Physiology (pending course) (or equivalent in Health Professions)||3|
|NEP 4XXXW Capstone (pending course) (or equivalent in Health Professions)||5|
|Business Course 3000-level or higher||3|
|BIO_SC 1010||General Principles and Concepts of Biology||3|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking|
|or AGSC_COM 2220||Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources|
|ESC_PS 4200||Positive Psychology||3|
|HLTH_SCI 2400||Contemporary Health Issues||3|
|or HLTH_SCI 2400W||Contemporary Health Issues-Writing Intensive|
|PRST 4100||Ethics and Diversity||3|
|MPP 3500||Sports Performance Physiology||3|
|PTH_AS 2201||Human Anatomy Lecture||3|
|PRST 2281||Business of Sport and Recreation||3|
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning||3|
|Students must complete 12 credit hours of electives selected from available curriculum in School of Health Professions programs.|
|BIO_SC 1010||3||POL_SC 1100||3|
|BIO_SC 1020||2||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|HLTH_SCI 2400||3||NEP 1485||1|
|MATH 1050 or 1100||3||Physical Science||3|
|NEP 1340||3||NEP 1034||3|
|ECONOM 1014 or ABM 1041||3||ACCTCY 2010 or 2026||3|
|COMMUN 1200 or AGSC_COM 2220||3||MPP 3500||3|
|NEP 2380||3||NEP 2130||3|
|PTH_AS 2201||3||NEP 3450||3|
|Social/Behavioral Science WI||3||Social/Behavioral Science||3|
|Humanities||3||FINANC 2000 or 3000||3|
|MRKTNG 3000||3||NEP 2140||3|
|PRST 4100||3||NEP 2450||3|
|NEP 3550||3||NEP 3xxx Essential of Exercise Physiology (pending development)||3|
|STAT 1200||3||PRST 2281||3|
|NEP 3820||3||NEP 4xxx Capston being developed||5|
|NEP 4140||3||NEP 4200||3|
|ESC_PS 4200||3||Business 3000+ Course||3|
|Total Credits: 121|
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