Major Requirements Health Promotion & Fitness Management

The Health Promotion and Fitness Management major provides the knowledge and competencies related to a variety of health and fitness settings. The program combines curriculum and instruction from courses in the areas of biology, health, and exercise science. A dedicated focus within these disciplines provide the preliminary basis of information necessary for a future profession as a health care provider to promote healthy lifestyles. These professions could include a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Physical Therapist (PT), Wellness Director, Chiropractor and others.

This major will require a maximum eleven courses to complete the major. Courses in the biology, health, and exercise science disciplines fulfill the academic and competency based requirements to take a number of certifications in health and fitness. The requirements are based upon those suggested by the American College of Sports Medicine ( and the National Strength and Conditioning Association ( The major follows more closely the requirements of the NSCA. In order to be a Recognized Education Program (REP) by the NSCA we provide formal instruction in the following content areas:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Kinesiology/Biomechanics
  • Nutrition
  • Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • Resistance Training and Conditioning
  • Exercise Technique/Exercise Prescription
  • Program Design as Related to Strength and Conditioning

The major includes some of the prerequisite courses for professional graduate programs in other allied health (occupational and physical health) professions while still leaving room for necessary prerequisite courses outside of the major.

Required Core Courses:

  1. BIOL 107 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  2. BIOL 108 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  3. HLTH 230 Human Nutrition (LSI)
  4. HLTH 280 Perspectives in Global Health (G)
  5. HLTH 300 Achieving Wellness
  6. PETH 320 Organization and Administration of Athletics and P.E.
  7. PETH 325 Kinesiology
  8. PETH 326 First Aid and Athletic Training
  9. PETH 327 Essentials of Strength and Conditioning (W)
  10. PETH 330 Exercise Physiology
  11. PETH/HLTH 397 Internship (.75/1.0)

Although not required for the HPFM major, in preparation for some health subspecialties and fitness careers or for graduate school, it is strongly recommended that students take prerequisites for those programs which may include:

  1. Two lab courses in chemistry (201, 202 or 311, 312)
  2. Two lab courses in physics (101, 102 or 105, 106)
  3. Mathematics through 176 (or proficiency)
  4. Two general psychology courses (251, 252)
  5. One course in statistics (PSYC 227, BIOL 323 or 395)