Health & Wellness Major

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This major can prepare you to:

  • Pursue careers in personal training.
  • Work at health and wellness companies.
  • Become a certified personal trainer.
  • Become a health or physical education teacher (if followed by MAT 4.5)


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Health & Wellness major

48.5 credits: 15 credits in residence, 27 credits upper division. Required:

BIO 221Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
PHS 221General Physics I4
COMM 200Interpersonal Communication2
EXSC 230Introduction to Health and Exercise Science3
EXSC 310Motor Learning3
EXSC 325Kinesiology3
EXSC 350Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
EXSC 360Organization and Administration of Sports3
EXSC 475Exercise Physiology4
PHIL 300Ethics3
OR SRM 250Sports Ethics3
HE/SRM 101CPR/First Aid0.5
HE 210Stress Management2
HE 240Nutrition3
HE 310Exercise Prescription2
HE 410Fitness and Chronic Disease3
HE 494Health and Fitness Internship3


With the successful completion of the major in Health and Wellness, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehension of the fundamental concepts, theories, language, major issues, current trends and historical developments related to human health and wellness.
  • Effectively communicate their approach to planning and problem solving both in written and oral form as it relates to health and wellness.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the disciplines within health and the sciences in order to critically approach and evaluate theories, create plans for and assess the progress of clients, and solve problems.
  • Understand, apply and demonstrate methodologies used in health and fitness.
  • Assess the quality of information and sources, and incorporate new health and fitness concepts from current research into practice.
  • Articulate their worldview of the integral relationships health and wellness have with faith in relation to the ethical, moral and spiritual issues of our society.
  • Develop an awareness of the value of membership and participation in professional organizations (certification).

(Updated Oct. 2016)