Major Code: 440B

Associate in Applied Science

This two-year degree prepares the wellness specialist to assess, design and implement individual and group exercise and fitness programs for healthy individuals and individuals with controlled disease. The graduate will be skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors for health promotion.

General Education Requirements15

Major Program Requirements40

  • BIO260 Human Structure and Function4
  • HED100 Personal Wellness3
  • PED150 Basic Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries3
  • PED205 Scientific Foundations of Human Movement3
  • PED209 Introduction to Exercise Science/Sports3
  • PED211 First Aid and Emergency Care3
  • PED234 Group Exercise Instruction2
  • PED236 Exercise for Special Populations3
  • PED237 Strength and Conditioning Principles3
  • PED238 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Programming3
  • PED239 Exercise and Sport Nutrition3
  • PED240 Business Management for the Fitness Professional3
  • PED242 Lifestyle Wellness Coaching2
  • ITS298 Internship2


Select electives from the courses listed and any Physical Education (PED) course.

  • BUS100 Introduction to Business3
  • MKT200 Principles of Marketing3
  • MKT210 Principles of Selling3
  • BIO262 Neuro-musculoskeletal Systems3
  • BIO270 Anatomy and Physiology I4
  • BIO272 Anatomy and Physiology II4

Total Semester Hours for Degree60

Take the Certified Personal Trainer exam and the Certified Group Exercise Instructor exam through American College of Sports Medicine after completion of all courses.