​The Health Fitness option is for students intending to pursue a career as a health fitness professional, personal trainer, or strength and conditioning coach.

Program Requirements

Core Courses I (17 hours)

​Introduction to the field of exercise science, including elements from the basic and clinical sciences and other allied health professions that integrate with exercise science. 

Credits 1(1-0) 

Contact Hours (1-0) 

Course Syllabus

Includes CPR and first aid care. American Red Cross certification for first aid and CPR can be earned. 

Credits 2(1-2) 

Contact Hours (1-2) 

Course Syllabus

​A comprehensive course in the structure of the human body organized by systems. Laboratory work includes identification of fundamental anatomical structures on models and cadavers. Prerequisites: HSC 211 or 12 credit hours completed with one course in BIO or CHM or PHY. 

Credits 4(3-3) 

Contact Hours (3-3) 

Course Syllabus

​A comprehensive course that studies the function of the organ systems of the human body. Laboratory work in fundamental physiological principles is included. Pre/Co-Requisite: HSC 214. 

Credits 4(3-2) 

Contact Hours (3-2) 

Course Syllabus

​The study of functional aspects of human movement, including basic biomechanics and structural kinesiology. Prerequisites: HSC 214, HSC 215. 

Credits 3(2-2) 

Contact Hours (2-2) 

Course Syllabus

​Lectures on basic principles of physiology of exercise. The basics of exercise, performance conditioning, and the human organism response to these conditions. Prerequisites: HSC 211; or HSC 214, 215. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Core Courses II (5-8 hours) Select one of the following options:

​CHM 131 General Chemistry I 

Introductory course covering fundamental concepts of chemistry including atoms, properties of matter, reactions and stoichiometry, electronic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, thermochemistry, gas laws. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Recommended: High school algebra or MTH 107; high school chemistry or CHM 120. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences) 

Credits 4(3-3) 

Contact Hours (3-3) 


CHM 132 General Chemistry II 

Continuation of CHM 131 including solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, weak acids and bases, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: CHM 131. Recommended: a grade of C or better in CHM 131. 

Credits 4(3-3) 

Contact Hours (3-3) 

Course Syllabus

​CHM 120 Survey of Chemistry 

Elementary concepts in chemistry. For students on curricula needing minimal chemical background or students who need additional preparation for CHM 131. This course provides suitable preparation for the successful completion of the laboratory courses, CHM 112 or CHM 127. Cannot be counted on a Chemistry/Biochemistry major or Chemistry minor. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: High school Algebra II or MTH 105. (University Program II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Science) 

Credits 4(4-0) 

Contact Hours (4-0) 

Course Syllabus 


CHM 127 Introductory Chemistry Laboratory 

Elementary laboratory experiments which parallel the syllabus for CHM 120. Recommended for students in dietetics, sports medicine, health education, and elementary/middle school education. No credit toward chemistry or biochemistry major or minor. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Pre/Co-requisite: CHM 120. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Science) 

Credits 1(0-2) 

Contact Hours (0-2) 

Course Syllabus

Required Courses (21 hours)

​Students will learn to assess and perform various exercises utilized in personal training and strength and conditioning, and achieve a standard of fitness competence themselves. Prerequisites: HSC 214, 215. 

Credits 2(1-2) 

Contact Hours (1-2) 

Course Syllabus

Practical course on testing fitness and performance including tests of cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Prerequisites: HSC 308; signed exercise science major. 

Credits 3(2-3) 

Contact Hours (2-3) 

Course Syllabus

Practical course to instruct students in leading safe and effective exercise programs in a variety of environments for athletes to sedentary individuals. Prerequisites: HSC 219, 420; signed Exercise Science major: Health Fitness option or Health Fitness minor. 

Credits 3(2-3) 

Contact Hours (2-3) 

Course Syllabus

​This course is designed for students to obtain experience developing and conducting safe and effective exercise testing and training programs with clients one-on-one. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: HSC 421. 

Credits 2(1-3) 

Contact Hours (1-3) 

Course Syllabus

This course will prepare students to work in health fitness settings organizing, administering and supervising programs for apparently healthy individuals or those with controlled risks. Prerequisites: HSC 420, HSC 421. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Application of knowledge and skills in an approved, supervised fitness internship; minimum of 480 hours required. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: Undergraduate students must have completed all courses in the Exercise Science Major: Health Fitness Option. Graduate students must have completed HSC 219, 420, 421, 423, 425 with grades of C or higher. 

Credits 8(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Other Requirements (0 hours)

​This requirement would involve, depending on the student's option, completing an internship, taking a capstone course, analyzing and interpreting data, and/or completing an exit survey.

Electives (10-12 hours) Select from the following:

​General marketing principles applied to the entrepreneurial venture including daily activities, long-term branding/position strategy, inexpensive ways to conduct research, and utilizing networks to identify/reach customers. This course may be offered in an online format. Recommended: BUS 100, ENT 200. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0)

​Principles of normal nutrition as related to the health of all age groups. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences) 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Focus is upon sports nutrition for athletes and individuals in recreation. Analysis of the interaction among energy expenditure, fuel needs and utilization, and all nutrients. Prerequisites: FNS 370.

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Practical experience with health/fitness appraisal, exercise prescription, fitness leadership and other staff functions in various campus and community fitness facilities. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: HSC 205; 219 or 220; 308. 

Credits 2(0-6) 

Contact Hours (0-6) 

Course Syllabus

​Obesity will be studied with special emphasis on prevalence and etiology. Modes of prevention and treatment including diet and exercise will also be discussed. Prerequisites: 56 hours completed or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

The study of the etiology, epidemiology, treatment, assessment, and prevention of work-related neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions in the workplace. Prerequisites: HSC 211 or 214 or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Examine cardiovascular and chronic disease risk factors and management of those risk factors with emphasis on current clinical guidelines and lifestyle interventions (e.g., physical activity/exercise). Prerequisites: 56 credit hours completed or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Presents the basic methods used in teaching current group fitness techniques. Prerequisites: HSC 211 or HSC 214, 215; One of: PED 186, PES 186, HSC 106. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

Theory and application of physiological, biomechanical, psychological components of physical performance needed to analyze, develop and implement strength and conditioning programs. NSCA standards and guidelines. Prerequisite: One of: HSC 211 or HSC 214, 215. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Total: 53-58 semester hours