Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Fitness Studies

  • Overview

    Prepare to impact people’s lives as you acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for an exciting health, fitness, and exercise career.

    The Sport and Fitness Studies (B.A) major prepares students who want to go directly into a career in coaching, fitness, personal training, health and wellness, sport management, and strength and conditioning.

    The Sport and Fitness Studies Major focuses on the necessary skills for working in the sport and fitness industry. It ensures that all students have in-depth knowledge (sports history, sport psychology, personal training, sports coaching, strength & conditioning) and a holistic understanding of the human body (Biology 101, Fitness & Wellness & Nutrition).

    More importantly, WPU emphasizes learning by immersion, which means the opportunity to work directly with healthy individuals and special populations. Through internships, students gain hands-on experience evaluating fitness levels and developing individualized exercise programs. 

    Sport and Fitness students exercising
    WPU SFS Students learn by doing. Beyond theory, students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it firsthand.
  • Courses

    View the Academic Catalog to see courses in Sport and Fitness Studies.

    Sport and Fitness Studies B.A.: Sample 4-Year Plan

  • Faculty
    Lisa Bonner
    Department Chair of Science and Mathematics; ​Professor of Biology
    Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science; Program Director of Exercise and Sport Science & Sport and Fitness Studies
    WPU Fountain
    Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Careers

    The Sport and Fitness Studies degree is designed for students interested in a career in the health, fitness, and exercise fields, but do not want to pursue graduate school. Graduates with a WPU degree in Sport and Fitness Studies work as sports or fitness specialists in various settings, including: 

    • Adapted Physical Activity
    • Aquatics Director
    • Athletic Administration in a High School
    • Campus Recreation Specialist
    • Coach at a High School or College
    • Director of Youth Camps/ Sport Programs
    • Fitness Instructor at Commercial Fitness Center
    • Director of Corporate Fitness Center
    • Sports and Recreation Director at a Resort
    • Health Club Manager
    • Health & Wellness Consultant
    • Parks & Recreation Specialist
    • Personal Trainer
    • Sales Consultant for Pharmaceutical, healthcare, sport or fitness products
    • Sport Management or Information Director 
    • Sports Journalist or Marketer 
WPU Student, Aerieal Vineyard, throws a Karate kick.
WPU Student, Aerieal Vineyard, throws a Karate kick.

Our students pack a punch. Follow along as Aerieal Vineyard ’20 fights her way to a spot on the USA Karate Olympic Team.

WPU Student Competing for Spot on USA Karate Olympic Team
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