Fitness Management Concentration

As the Health Club industry continues to grow and be profitable, numerous opportunities exist for qualified students to obtain employment as fitness club workers. Although health club memberships span all age groups, senior citizens represent the fastest growing cohort in new membership applications. Fitness instructors in this setting will be working increasingly with an at-risk population. Appropriate education is essential; employers are already seeking those who have the knowledge base to work with this group.

There is a common core of Exercise Science courses to ensure a solid foundation in the various disciplines that comprise this multidisciplinary field of study, and to ensure the ability to apply knowledge in a variety of practical experiences. In addition to the required courses in Exercise and Sport Science, students in the Fitness Management Track are required to complete a series of courses in Business Administration.

All Exercise Science students are provided the opportunity to be mentored by faculty in apprenticeships that include work in fitness testing, personal training, designing conditioning programs, and research.

Curriculum

Requirements for the Concentration in Fitness Management

All Exercise and Sports Science majors must complete a core of EXSS courses, including a 240 hour internship, as well as 4 or 5 liberal arts and science courses, depending on concentration.

Required EXSS Courses

All students are required to complete the following common core courses:

EXSS 1011 - Introduction to Exercise and Sports Science - 3 cr.
EXSS 2050 - Functional Anatomy - 3 cr.
EXSS 2065 – Introduction to Research in Exercise Science - 3 cr.
EXSS 2071 - Exercise Physiology I - 4 cr.
EXSS 2072 - Exercise Physiology II - 4 cr.
EXSS 2300 - Nutrition in Exercise & Sport - 3 cr.
or
EXSS 3000- Applied Nutrition - 3 cr.
EXSS 2500 - Human Motor Development - 3 cr.
EXSS 3120 - Scientific Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning - 3 cr.
EXSS 3450 - Exercise Testing and Prescription - 4 cr.
EXSS 4005 – Biomechanics & Motor Control of Human Movement - 4 cr.
EXSS 4040 - Fitness Management - 3 cr.
EXSS 4200 – Professional and Career Development - 3 cr.
EXSS 4950 - Internship - 6 cr.

Requirements for the Concentration in Fitness Management:

EXSS 2400 - Health Promotion - 3 cr.

Business Management Requirements for the Concentration in Fitness Management:

In addition to the required courses in Exercise and Sports Science, students in the Fitness Management Concentration are required to complete a series of courses in Business Administration:

BSAD 1700 - Intro to Computer Information Systems for Business - 3 cr.
BSAD 2010 - Intro to Financial Reporting - 3 cr.
BSAD 2020 - Intro to Managerial Accounting - 3 cr.
BSAD 3200 – Principles of Management - 3 cr.
BSAD 3300 - Fundamentals of Marketing - 3 cr.
BSAD 3500 – Business Law I - 3 cr.
ECON 1200 - Principles of Economics-Microeconomics - 3 cr.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Fitness Management Concentration:

BIOL 1200 - Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 cr.
BIOL 1300 - Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 cr.
CHEM 1200 - Chemistry for Health Sciences - 4 cr.
PSY 1100 - Intro to Psychological Science - 3 cr.

- Speaking/Listening requirement is met through EXSS 1011, EXSS 3450 or EXSS 4950
- The Jr/Sr Writing requirement is met through EXSS 2065, EXSS 4200 or EXSS 4950
- Computer Literacy requirement is met through EXSS 1011, EXSS 2065, EXSS 2071 or EXSS 2072

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