Undergraduate Academic Programs


Fitness Instruction


Undergraduate students in all schools except the College of Arts and Sciences may earn this minor in addition to the baccalaureate degree. A student who decides to pursue this minor should visit the records office of his or her degree-granting school/unit to have this minor officially added as an academic objective. Students are responsible for checking with their degree-granting schools/units to determine whether or not this minor may be officially recorded on their transcripts.

Students considering this minor may visit the Health Fitness Specialist advior, Tammy Nichols for academic advising.

Tammy Nichols, M.S.
Advisor, Fitness Instruction Minor
Department of Kinesiology
School of Public Health - Bloomington
SPH C 010
1025 E. 7th St.
Bloomington, IN  47405-7109
(812) 855-5523
tmnichol [at] indiana [dot] edu


This undergraduate minor program is intended for students in degree programs other than the health fitness specialist major, who wish to add a fitness instruction specialty to their studies. This minor requires:

  • successful completion of 18 to 20 credit hours prescribed below.
  • a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0.

Note: No course in this minor may be taken under the Pass/Fail Option.

Fitness Instruction Minor (18-20 credits):

Required Core Courses (16-17 credits):
Complete each of the following courses:

  • PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology (5 cr.) +N&M
  • SPH-K 205 Structural Kinesiology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 216 Current Concepts and Applications in Physical Fitness (3 cr.) (P: SPH-K 205)
  • SPH-K 217 Methods of Group Exercise Instruction (3 cr.) (P: SPH-K 205)
  • SPH-K 409 Basic Physiology of Exercise (3 cr.) (P: SPH-K 205 or ANAT-A 215 and PHSL-P 215)

Specialized Electives (2-3 credits):
Complete one of the following courses:

  • SPH-B 416 Introduction to Health Counseling (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 218 Methods of Personal Fitness Instruction (3 cr.) (P: SPH-K 216)
  • SPH-K 316 Theories of Advanced Conditioning (2 cr.)
  • SPH-K 317 Theory and Practice of Resistance Training (2 cr.)
  • SPH-K 416 Fitness Administration (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 496 Lab Assisting/Field Experience in Sport and Kinesiology (2 cr.)


Current CPR certification is required for students to sit for a national certification examination. Certification in CPR is only acceptable from the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the National Safety Council.

Completion of this minor does not qualify students to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Specialist Certification Examination.

+ Courses followed by the N&M notation may apply to both the minor requirements and to the general education, natural and mathematical sciences requirement for bachelor's degree students.

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