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 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 10103ENGLSH 10003
NEP 13403HIST 1100, POL_SC 1100, or HIST 12003
HLTH_SCI 10003NEP 10343
STAT 12003Physical Science with lab3
 15 15
Second Year
PTH_AS 22013MPP 35003
COMMUN 1200 or AGSC_COM 22203Writing Intensive Elective3
HLTH_SCI 24003HLTH_SCI 28503
PSYCH 10003Humanities3
 15 15
Third Year
FPM 21303FPM 31303
HLTH_SCI 43003FPM 32503
Supporting Elective from approved list3Supporting 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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