Human fitness is a personally rewarding and increasingly important field of study in today's world. Health and Movement Studies takes a practical, hands-on approach. Combining courses in exercise science, psychology, and health and fitness, this major will help you arrive at a complete, real-world understanding of your field.

You'll develop a broad-based understanding of the human body and explore how you can use that knowledge to help others achieve higher levels of fitness. You'll also learn how to analyze a person's fitness level and teach or correct a movement. By investigating the psychology of motivation, you'll be able to inspire people to reach their goals.

Hands-on training

  • Get valuable, hands-on experience working as a personal trainer in the campus-wide Wellness Program. Under the guidance of an American College of Sports Medicine health and fitness professional, you'll work one-on-one with participants to set and meet their fitness goals over time.
  • Go to work in the outstanding Horner Health and Recreation Center. This state-of-the-art facility includes a 6,000-square-foot weight room, running track, training rooms and even an underwater weighing tank, the most accurate way to measure body fat.

Career paths

Students in Health and Movement Studies have several options:

  • Teach physical education
  • Become a personal trainer
  • Enter the business of fitness or athletics

Unlike the Exercise Science major, you can use this major to earn state certification for teaching health and physical education. If you wish to pursue a career in business, you can incorporate courses from the Business Scholars Program.

Areas of concentration

  • Personal training
  • Education
  • Business management


HF 101
Lifetime Health and Fitness
Examines patterns of exercise, fitness attitudes, nutrition, and other issues of health, with special focus on analyzing one's own person health patterns, designing a health and fitness plan, and evaluating health-related information. 0.50 unit.
HF 105
Essential Mvmnt for Elem. Children
The rationale and methodology for guiding children in motor skills and activities, including creative movement. Includes designing a program for elementary school children as well as experience in a public school. Counts as 0.25 credit toward the AF CCR requirement.