BS in Fitness Programming and Management

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

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 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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.

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Fitness and Program Management must earn a C- (or higher) in FPM 2130, FPM 3130, FPM 3250, FPM 4440, and FPM 4550.

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.

Program Requirements
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking
or AGSC_COM 2220 Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
PTH_AS 2201Human Anatomy Lecture3
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
Major Core Requirements
FPM 2130Exercise Techniques ^3
FPM 3130Exercise Techniques II ^3
FPM 3250Foundations of Movement in Exercise ^3
FPM 4440Fitness Programming ^3
FPM 4550Internship in Fitness Programming Management ^1, 3 or 6
MPP 3500Sports Performance Physiology3
NEP 1034Introduction to Human Nutrition3
NEP 1340Introduction to Exercise and Fitness3
Supporting Electives (6 Hours)
BIO_SC 2150Genetic Diseases3
ESC_PS 4115Human Learning3
ESC_PS 4200Positive Psychology3
or ESC_PS 4200H Positive Psychology - Honors
NEP 1111Personal Health and Wellness 3
NEP 1310Food and Cultures of the World3
NEP 1485Career Exploration in Exercise Science1
NEP 2010Everyday Nutrition: Principles of Fresh, Healthy, and Sustainable Cooking3
NEP 2380Diet Therapy for Health Professionals3
NEP 2450Nutrition Throughout the Life Span3
NEP 2460Eating Disorders3
NEP 3420Role of Inactivity in Chronic Diseases3
NEP 3450Activity Throughout the Lifespan3
NEP 3550Corporate, Community, and Personal Fitness3
PRST 2281Business of Sport and Recreation3
PRST 4100Ethics and Diversity 3
SOCIOL 3430The Sociology of Sport3
Supporting College of Health Sciences Coursework (12 Hours)
Any coursework offered by a department within the College of Health Sciences may count toward this requirement.

Courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher to count toward the BS in FPM degree.

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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

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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.

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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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