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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Explore ways to build healthy communities and communicate essential information for improving quality of life.
The Bachelor of Science with a major in health behavior and fitness teaches you health principles so you can assist others in living a healthy lifestyle. The curriculum explores a wide range of areas including human anatomy and movement, health communication, program planning, and overall wellness incorporation.

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Why Earn a Health Behavior and Fitness Degree?

The Bachelor of Science with a major in health behavior and fitness provides you with the skills to assist others in living a healthy life with an emphasis on wellness and physical activity. The curriculum explores various areas around healthy lifestyle choices including exercise, nutrition, psychology, and wellness.

This degree provides students with a solid foundation to pursue careers in corporate health, fitness, personal training, wellness coaching, and related health and exercise industries and to pursue advanced degrees in these areas.

Marketable Skills
  • Assess health needs/resources
  • Develop/implement/evaluate health programs
  • Promote/advocate for healthy lifestyles
  • Develop/implement strategies for behavior change
  • Multi-cultural/diversity competencies

Health Behavior and Fitness Degree Highlights

College of Education ranked 9th in Texas and 66th in the South by
College of Education ranked 1st in the North Texas region among public graduate schools, 3rd among public graduate schools in Texas, 68th among public graduate schools and 89th overall in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Bachelor's in kinesiology program ranked 33rd for affordability by
The Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory positively influences the physical activity engagement of school-aged children to improve the health of students through empirical research, increasing public awareness and policy advocacy.
The Applied Physiology Laboratory includes more than 8,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities for the measurement of bioanalytical outcomes following various exercise or nutritional treatments.
Undergraduate health promotion program ranked 5th in Texas, 31st in the South and 75th in the nation by

What Can You do With a Health Behavior and Fitness Degree?

Graduates pursue health and wellness careers such as:

  • Corporate/group fitness coordinator
  • Health coach
  • Personal trainer
  • Sport coaching
  • Strength and conditioning specialist
  • Wellness coach
  • Wellness coordinator

Health Behavior and Fitness Degree Courses You Could Take

Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Movement Sciences (3 hrs)
Applied anatomy and physiology of the human body with an emphasis on the muscular-skeletal and cardio-respiratory systems and related physiology. Students who successfully complete this course will have a foundational knowledge of the primary systems involved in human movement. The emphasis is on practical application and implications for human movement.
Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning (3 hrs)
Practical aspects of development of muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance and flexibility including: proper strength and conditioning exercise techniques, safety and basic exercise programming.
Psychology of Exercise (3 hrs)
Introduces students to theories explaining and predicting physical activity behavior, psychological and physiological effects of exercise on mental and physical health, health and exercise behavior change strategies, and interventions for increasing physical activity participation and adherence across the lifespan.
Principles of Health (3 hrs)
Introduces principles of health promotion and effective strategies used with individuals and communities. Provides an overview of behavior modification, communications, epidemiology, mental health, program planning and program evaluation as it relates to the promotion of one’s health. Students are introduced to the skills and knowledge required to become successful professionals in health promotion.
Behavioral Change Strategies in Health Promotion (3 hrs)
Integrates social, behavioral and psychological content and theory for the purpose of effecting positive behavior change in individuals. Focuses on the development of interpersonal skills in dealing with health behaviors throughout the lifespan.
Internship in Community Health Promotion (3 hrs)
Performance of a limited work or service project in a public health setting for a minimum of 120 supervised hours; identification and fulfillment of planned learning objectives; self-monitoring and regular seminars on learning accomplishment.

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