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 http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu/current-students/selectMinor.shtml to declare it.  Alternatively, the student may 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 22 credit hours prescribed below.
  • a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0.
  • a minimum grade of C- is required in each minor course.

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

Fitness Instruction Minor (18-22 credits):

Required Core Courses (12-16 credits):
Complete each of the following courses:

  • MSCI-M 115 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (3 cr.) +N&M --or-- PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology (5 cr.) +N&M
  • SPH-K 205 Structural Kinesiology (3 cr.) --or-- ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy (5 cr.) +N&M
  • SPH-K 216 Foundations of Physical Activity and Public Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 319 Physical Activity/Exercise Leadership (3 cr.) (P: SPH-K 205 or ANAT-A 215, SPH-K 216)

Specialized Electives (6 credits):
Complete 6 credits from the following courses:

  • SPH-B 416 Introduction to Health Counseling (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 327 Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity and Exercise (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 417 Physical Activity and Disease (P: SPH-K 409)
  • SPH-K 419 Fitness Testing and Interpretation (P: SPH-K 409)
  • SPH-K 492 Research in Kinesiology (1-3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 496 Lab Assisting or Field Experience in Sport and Kinesiology (1-3 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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