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 career in the world of health, fitness and exercise.

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

    The Sport and Fitness Studies Major focuses on necessary skills for working in the sport and fitness industry and ensures that all students have an in depth knowledge (sport history, sport psychology, personal training, sport 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. Upon graduation, they’re ready to work in personal training, sport coaching, health and wellness coaching, fitness and sport management, and other related careers.

    “This new and unique BA degree, in Sport and Fitness Studies, focuses on the necessary skills for working in the sport and fitness industry and ensures that students have an in depth knowledge and holistic understanding of the human body.”
    Dr. Elizabeth Lange, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Exercise & Sport Science.

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    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

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    WPU offers a major in Sport & Fitness Studies (B.A.; Traditional Undergraduate only).

    Bachelor of Arts in Sport and Fitness Studies

    Liberal Education Core Requirements49 credit hours
    Sport and Fitness Studies Core Courses21 credit hours
    Allied Requirements of SFS Major16 credit hours
    General Electives34 credit hours
    Total credit hours for B.A. in Sport and Fitness Studies120 credit hours


    Sport and Fitness Studies Core Courses
    21 credit hours
    ESS 110: Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science3
    ESS 210: History of American Sport3
    ESS 230: Exercise Testing and Prescription3
    ESS 310: Sport Coaching3
    ESS 312: Nutrition3
    ESS 320: Principles of Strength and Conditioning3
    ESS 470: Senior Seminar3
    Students are also required to earn certification in First Aid and CPR through the American Red Cross


    Allied Requirements of ESS Major
    16 credit hours
    PEH 100: Lifetime Fitness and Wellness2
    PEH 222: Personal Training2
    PSY 101: General Psychology3
    PSY 245: Sport Psychology3
    Choose one of the following pairs of courses:
    ANT 214: Cultural Anthropology3
    ANT 310: Anthropology of Sport3
    BSA 240: Management and Organizational Behavior3
    BSA 385: Sport Management3


  • Faculty
    Lisa Bonner
    Department Chair of Science and Mathematics; ​Professor of Biology
    Patrick Myer, Ph.D.
    ​Associate Professor of Biology
    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 field, but do not want to pursue graduate school.

    Positions can be obtained, after graduation, as sport and fitness specialists in various settings.

    Examples of Possible Employment:
    • 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
    • Sports Information Director
    • Sports Journalist
    • Sport Marketing
    • Sports Officiating
    • #Strength and Conditioning Coach


    #Professional certification required

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WPU Student, Aerieal Vineyard, throws a Karate kick.

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