Fitness Programming and Management

The Bachelor of Science in Fitness Programming and Management provides students with the knowledge and skills to assist individuals across the lifespan in adopting physical activity, exercise, and other healthy behaviors that lead to increased fitness, wellness and optimal health.  Students are prepared to pursue national certifications provided by professional organizations in fields of study related to exercise, strength and conditioning, and sports medicine.  Graduates will be experts at teaching exercise to most populations.  Additionally, students will complete the coursework needed to earn a Minor in Business preparing them for a variety of jobs in the fitness industry and beyond.  Information on the minor, courses, grades and other qualifications to earn the minor can be found at: Minor in Business.

Learning objectives:

  • Skills in designing, implementing, administering and evaluating effective exercise/health promotion programs in private, work-site, community, health care, medical, and agency settings. 
  • Foundational knowledge in fitness, exercise, and physical activity. 
  • Methods for helping people make healthy behavior changes and lessen unhealthy behaviors. 
  • Competencies required to be qualified to take a national certification from the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT) and/or the NSCA certification for Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Students are strongly encouraged to consider taking one or both of these certifications.

Students who earn a degree in Fitness Programming and Management often pursue careers in fitness centers, college and university wellness and health promotion, community health agencies, fitness manufacturing companies, hospitals and medical facilities, insurance companies, nonprofit disease prevention agencies, private health care organizations, schools, state and county health departments, wellness centers, and work-site wellness and health promotion. 

Common Career Paths

You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: