Undergraduate Academic Programs


Fitness Instruction


Students wanting to declare this minor may do so in one of two ways:

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 schedule an appointment with an SPH-B academic advisor.

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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 as 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.) +N&M --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.) (recommended prerequisites: SPH-K 205 or ANAT-A 215, SPH-K 216)

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

  • SPH-K 327 Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity and Exercise (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 416 Physical Activity/Fitness Administration (3 cr.)
  • SPH-K 417 Physical Activity and Disease (recommended prerequisite: SPH-K 409)
  • SPH-K 419 Fitness Testing and Interpretation (recommended prerequisite: 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.

+ 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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