Fitness Studies Option
Department to stop enrolling students in Fitness Studies Option
The Department of Kinesiology will be closing the Fitness Studies Option effective Fall 2014. Students pursuing Fitness Studies who have met all entrance-to-major criteria for the Fitness Studies Option must enter the option before August 1, 2014. If you have any questions please contact the Kinesiology Advising Center at 814-863-4493.
This option provides interdisciplinary training to develop healthy living skills. Course work provides students with a knowledge base and practical skills to prepare them for careers in wellness professions, including corporate fitness, personal training, strength and conditioning, fitness management, youth and adult coaching, and community-based fitness programs.
Students are encouraged to seek appropriate professional certification during the final two years of study. After completion of this course of study graduates will be able to design and implement skill and age-appropriate fitness programs, or pursue advanced study in related fields.
Forms and Documents
Please see the documents below for recommended and required courses for the Fitness Studies option.
Graduation Plan Worksheet
Recommended Academic Plan
Each Kinesiology option culminates in a practicum experience, as part of the curriculum. Read more about Kinesiology practicum experiences.
Many employers in the health, fitness, wellness, and strength and conditioning industries look for prospective employees to be certified in Personal Training, Group Exercise Leadership, or Strength and Conditioning. It is recommended that Kinesiology students be prepared and pursue certification in one of these areas prior to job hunting. Listed below is a sample of well-recognized, reputable certifying organizations. For more information about each organization’s particular certifications, check out the links below.
- American Council on Exercise
- National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Aerobics Fitness Association of America
- Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
CPR and AED Certification
Many employers in the health, fitness, wellness, and strength and conditioning industries look for prospective employees to be certified in CPR and AED. It is recommended that Kinesiology students be prepared and pursue CPR and AED certification prior to job hunting.
Penn State Minors
Students often ask about “good” minors to have, assuming that it is good to graduate with a minor along with a major. It should be noted that obtaining a minor will most likely cost students extra time, money, and effort. It is recommended that students talk with their advisor about the relevance and practicality of pursuing a minor. Some students in the past have considered one of the following minors.
- Business Minor-Smeal College of Business
- Business Minor-College of Liberal Arts
- Gerontology Minor
- Nutrition Minor
- Psychology Minor
- Sociology Minor
- All Other Penn State Minors
Job Search and Career Related Web sites
- National Strength and Conditioning Association Job Board
- American College of Sports Medicine Job Center
- HPcareer.net (for students and professionals in health promotion related fields)
- USAJobs (official job site of the United States Federal Government)
- Pennsylvania CareerLink
- Pennsylvania Civil Service
- www.indeed.com (general job search web site)
- Career Builder (general job search web site)
- Monster.com (general job search web site)
- United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook