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.

Learning objectives:

  • 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 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.

Core Requirements
ACCTCY 2010Introduction to Accounting3
or ACCTCY 2026 Accounting I
ECONOM 1014Principles of Microeconomics3
or ABM 1041 Applied Microeconomics
FINANC 2000Survey of Business Finance3
or FINANC 3000 Corporate Finance
MANGMT 3000Principles of Management3
MRKTNG 3000Principles of Marketing3
NEP 1034Introduction to Human Nutrition3
NEP 1340Introduction to Exercise and Fitness3
NEP 1485Career Exploration in Exercise Science1
NEP 2130Exercise Techniques (Or equivalent in Health Professions)3
NEP 2140Exercise Practicum I (Or cross-listed equivalent in Health Professions)3
NEP 2380Diet Therapy for Health Professionals3
NEP 2450Nutrition Throughout the Life Span3
NEP 3450Activity Throughout the Lifespan3
NEP 3550Corporate, Community, and Personal Fitness (Or equivalent in Health Professions)3
NEP 4140Exercise Practicum II (Or equivalent in Health Professions)3
PH_THR 4420Foundations of Therapeutic Exercise3
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 higher3
Supporting Coursework
BIO_SC 1010General Principles and Concepts of Biology3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking
or AGSC_COM 2220 Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Physical Science3
ESC_PS 4200Positive Psychology3
HLTH_SCI 2400Contemporary Health Issues3
or HLTH_SCI 2400W Contemporary Health Issues-Writing Intensive
PRST 4100Ethics and Diversity 3
MPP 3500Sports Performance Physiology3
PTH_AS 2201Human Anatomy Lecture3
PRST 2281Business of Sport and Recreation3
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
Students must complete 12 credit hours of electives selected from available curriculum in School of Health Professions programs.

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Semester Plan

First Year
BIO_SC 10103POL_SC 11003
BIO_SC 10202ENGLSH 10003
HLTH_SCI 24003NEP 14851
MATH 1050 or 11003Physical Science3
NEP 13403NEP 10343
 14 16
Second Year
ECONOM 1014 or ABM 10413ACCTCY 2010 or 20263
COMMUN 1200 or AGSC_COM 22203MPP 35003
NEP 23803NEP 21303
PTH_AS 22013NEP 34503
Social/Behavioral Science WI3Social/Behavioral Science3
 15 15
Third Year
Humanities3FINANC 2000 or 30003
MRKTNG 30003NEP 21403
PRST 41003NEP 24503
NEP 35503NEP 3xxx Essential of Exercise Physiology (pending development)3
STAT 12003PRST 22813
 15 15
Fourth Year
NEP 38203NEP 4xxx Capston being developed5
NEP 41403NEP 42003
ESC_PS 42003Business 3000+ Course3
MANGMT 30003Electives4
 16 15
Total Credits: 121

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