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Physical Activity Specialist


Program Overview

If you're interested in pursuing a career in physical fitness, such as coaching, teaching or training, choose our physical activity specialist program. Combine your interests in fitness, sports and games to promote physical, emotional and social health.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 50

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Our unique degree allows you to combine your interest and knowledge in fitness and sports with the exercise needs of people of all ages. With a physical activity specialist major, you'll have the foundational knowledge to pursue a career in fitness, recreation, wellness programming and coaching. You'll also be prepared to become certified as a strength and conditioning trainer.

Program Highlights

With the physical activity specialist undergraduate program, you'll:

  • Combine courses in psychology, health sciences, physical education, and recreation for a well-rounded skillset.
  • Join a department accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).
  • Take advantage of our Center for Integrated Health Studies, a 50,000-square-foot facility that includes the Interprofessional Education and Practice Center, a space for hands-on training and simulations.
  • Be advised with a 4-Year Plan.

Careers & Outcomes

Physical activity specialists enjoy opportunities in many engaging occupations. These include athletic coaching, corporate wellness, nutrition, and physical activity director. Other potential career areas include physical education, sport and recreation camps, and strength and conditioning.

Career Projected Salary
Health Educator $48,860
Health & Wellness Coach $46,103
Fitness/Wellness Manager $101,340
Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor $40,700