Health Fitness Major

The Health Fitness major is a broad-based major designed to introduce students to a variety of future careers and graduate study within the health and exercise science field. Students are prepared for management of health and fitness programs in corporate and clinical settings and for graduate study in exercise physiology, public health, and health promotion. In addition to required courses offered within the department, students complete courses in basic sciences and statistics. This major can be combined with a second academic major such as athletic training, business, psychology or communication studies. Through curriculum requirements and independent projects students are able to engage in research projects and present their findings at regional and national venues.

All Health Fitness majors must complete a 12-week, full time (420 hours minimum) internship. Students may begin their internship anytime after the completion of their Junior year. Internships can carry anywhere from 1 to 3 credits. If a student chooses to complete their internship during the summer months, they are responsible for paying additional summer tuition fees. Students along with their advisor choose from a variety of internship cites based on interest, location, and availability. Internship sites can include but are not limited to corporate wellness, health promotion, public health, physical therapy, chiropractic, and personal training experiences. For more information on the internship experience required for the Health Fitness major contact Dr. Bruce VanDuser.

If you have questions about a major in Health Fitness please contact either Stephanie Otto (933-6464) (e-mail sotto@gac.edu) or Dr. Bruce Van Duser ( 933-7656) (e-mail bvand@gac.edu).

Requirements for completion of a major in Health Fitness:

Number Name Credits
HES 220  Research and Statistics in Health and Exercise Science 1.0 course
HES 222 Nutrition .5 course
HES 226 Community Health .5 course
HES 234 Anatomy and Physiology I 1.0 course
HES 235 Anatomy and Physiology II 1.0 course
HES 305 Kinesiology .5 course
HES 308 Physiology of Exercise 1.0 course
HES 310 Physiological Assessment 1.0 course
HES 313 Health Fitness Methods 1.0 course
HES 350 Human Performance Laboratory .5 course
HES 351 Essentials in Personal Training .5 course
HES 398 Health Fitness Seminar 1.0 course
HES 368 Health Fitness Internship 1.0-3.0 course
HES 092 Research Presentation .00 course
Plus one of the following:
BIO 101 General Biology 1.0 course
BIO 118 Microbes and Human Health 1.0 course
CHE 107 General Chemistry 1.0 course