BS in Fitness Programming and Management with Emphasis in Strength and Conditioning

Degree Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Fitness Programming and Management prepares students to work with individuals to improve athletic performance and optimize health across the lifespan. Students acquire the knowledge and skills in exercise technique analysis, individual and team exercise programming, and performance indicators beyond physical health. Fitness Programming and Management will prepare students for a career in strength and conditioning, personal training, and corporate wellness.
Graduating students will be:
• Competent in exercise training for high school, collegiate and professional athletics, tactical personnel, and special populations.
• Qualified in designing and implementing effective exercise training programs to enhance sports specific performance.
• Skilled in exercise assessment, administration, and evaluation of exercise testing.
• Connected with a network of strength and conditioning coaches and other fitness professionals.
• Prepared to take national certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC-F), Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT).

Major Program Requirements

The 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. 

In addition to completing major program requirements, students must completed the following additional emphasis requirements:

Must earn a C- or Higher in these courses
FPM 4500FPM Capstone: Strength and Conditioning3
FPM 4650FPM Internship in Strength and Conditioning (Internship requires 300 Hours under the supervision of NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist)1-6

Students earning the "Emphasis Area - Strength and Conditioning" must also earn a C- or higher in FPM 4500 FPM Capstone: Strength and Conditioning. 

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Semester Plan

First Year
NEP 13403ENGLSH 10003
HLTH_SCI 10003HIST 1100, POL_SC 1100, or HIST 12003
STAT 12003NEP 10343
 15 15
Second Year
PTH_AS 22013MPP 35003
COMMUN 1200 or AGSC_COM 22203Writing Intensive Elective3
HLTH_SCI 24003HLTH_SCI 28503
PSYCH 10003Humanities3
Elective3Physical Science with Lab3
 15 15
Third Year
FPM 21303FPM 31303
Supporting Elective from approved list3FPM 32503
HLTH_SCI 37003Supporting Elective from approved list3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FPM 4440 (writing intensive course)3FPM 45503
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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