Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Kinesiology - Health and Fitness Specialist Specialization, BS
What is the study of Kinesiology - Health and Fitness Specialist Specialization?
This major provides a concentrated study of human movement from mechanical, physiological and pathological perspectives. The program is appropriate for students who plan to work in the fitness/exercise industry or any other field such as coaching or rehabilitation, where human movement and exercise prescription are the focus. Additionally, this degree can serve as the gateway degree to the allied health professions (i.e., physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant) or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas such as exercise physiology, health/ fitness, biomechanics, physical therapy, sport psychology, nutrition, and human growth and motor development. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, communications, health education and physics are included to provide more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Health and fitness specialist professionals work in the health and fitness industry. The program prepares professionals who are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors for optimal health. Health and fitness specialists conduct these activities in the university, clinical, corporate, and commercial or community settings where their clients participate in health promotion and fitness-related activities. This specialization is also appropriate preparation for graduate study in exercise physiology and cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation.
"Throughout my tenure at Western, I have been inspired by the combined and dedicated efforts of both physical education and kinesiology faculty and students to passionately pursue the study and practices of health, fitness, and human performance"
- Ralph A. Vernacchia, Ph.D., Faculty
This specialization is ideally designed for careers promoting health and fitness.
- Wellness Coordinator
- Health Club Manager
- Personal Trainer
Additional Career Options
- Fitness Product Sales
- Pharmaceutical Drug Sales
- Biomedical Research &/or Sales
- Athletic Trainer*
- Nutrition Specialist*
- Graduate School in Kinesiology*
*with post-baccalaureate study