This minor is designed for the Exercise Science major (Clinical Exercise Science or Kinesiology options) or Athletic Training majors preparing to work in the fitness or sports performance industry and intending to obtain certifications available in the field of health fitness, e.g., personal training, health fitness professional and strength and conditioning.

Note: Exercise Science majors selecting the Health Fitness Option may not minor in Health Fitness.

Admissions Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Students intending to minor in Health Fitness must meet the following requirements:

  1. Achieve a grade of C (2.0), or better, for each graded HSC course on the minor;
  2. Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5, and a GPA of 2.8 for all classes on the minor.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (13 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

Electives (11 hours) Select in consultation with an advisor.

​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)

​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

​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: 24 semester hours