Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Health Sciences

Health Sciences - Fitness Wellness, Bachelor of Science


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This degree is perfect for those individuals who would like to be involved in designing and facilitating fitness programs in a variety of recreational, nonprofit, corporate, and health club settings. At the end of the degree program, students will be prepared to sit for a nationally accredited certification; ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) which is a requirement for many employment opportunities in the fitness profession.
 
The Fitness Wellness program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Health Sciences

Health Sciences - Fitness Wellness, Bachelor of Science


Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Fitness Wellness?

It is no wonder that the need for fitness and wellness professionals is growing, as a healthy lifestyle improves the quality and length of your life. If you are interested in helping others stay fit and healthy, you should consider the Fitness Wellness BS.

The Fitness Wellness degree prepares students to safely and effectively work with clients to move toward achieving their health and fitness goals. One of the unique things about our particular program is the incorporation of health coaching, stress management, and behavior change skills in addition to courses in health risk appraisal, fitness assessment, applied movement analysis, and exercise program design.

Students who graduate from our program are prepared to work in fitness and health club facilities, collegiate and professional sports performance, health/medical facilities, spa/resort fitness, worksite wellness departments, corporate fitness, independent contracting, and personal training businesses among many other outlets for the promotion of fitness and wellness.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Fitness professional/exercise specialist in Health Club Facilities
  • Sports performance
  • Health and wellness coaching
  • Worksite wellness 
  • Corporate fitness
  • Spa/resort fitness

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Graduate work in athletic training
  • Graduate work in physical therapy
  • Graduate work in exercise physiology

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Health and Human Services

Department of Health Sciences

Health Sciences - Fitness Wellness, Bachelor of Science


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College of Health and Human Services

Department of Health Sciences

Health Sciences - Fitness Wellness, Bachelor of Science


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.0
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
University Honors Program Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended
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Purpose Statement

The purpose of the B.S. degree in Health Sciences Fitness Wellness degree program is to provide focused educational and practical experiences to those interested in a career in the emerging  fitness/health/wellness industry. Students will be able to design and facilitate fitness programs in a variety of recreational, nonprofit, corporate, and health club settings. The Fitness Wellness program is a combination of general education and core coursework to prepare competent entry-level exercise professionals with the knowledge and skills to assist individuals across the lifespan in adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors that lead to increased fitness, wellness, and optimal health. Students engage in a variety of labs, simulations, and other course work and application activities that prepare them to design and implement exercise programs; understand biomechanics and motor development in the physical domain; develop health and wellness programs in the workplace setting; facilitate independent lasting healthy behavior change; teach and demonstrate exercises; and conduct fitness assessment and health screenings. As a culminating experience, students engage in an immersive and hands-on internship in the field of fitness and wellness.

The Fitness Wellness Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes align with Standards from the American College of Sports Medicine

Domain I: Health and Fitness Assessment

Domain II: Exercise Prescription and ImplementationDomain III: Exercise Counseling and Behavioral StrategiesDomain IV: Legal/Professional

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Department of Health Sciences

Health Sciences - Fitness Wellness, Bachelor of Science


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Major Requirements
General Electives
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College of Health and Human Services

Department of Health Sciences

Health Sciences - Fitness Wellness, Bachelor of Science


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