​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

CMU’s exercise science-health fitness major is about training yourself to train others. Your courses will combine nutrition and health sciences to prepare you for a career as a health fitness professional, personal trainer, or strength and conditioning coach.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

Exercise science-health fitness graduates often work in corporate wellness, public health and health promotion.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Fitness trainer/instructor$31,720 per year13% (33,500 more jobs)
Community health educator$41,830 per year21% (21,400 more jobs)
Athletic trainer$42,690 per year19% (5,400 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the School of Health Sciences website or contact:

School of Health Sciences
Health Professions Building 2219
Email: helme1lm@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3541

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Exercise Science Major: Health Fitness Option

The Health Fitness option is for students intending to pursue a career as a health fitness professional, personal trainer, or strength and conditioning coach. Note: Students pursuing this option cannot sign the Health Fitness Minor.
Total: 53-58 semester hours
Core Courses I
(17 hours)
HSC 190
Introduction to Exercise Science
1
HSC 205
Responding to Emergencies
2
HSC 214
Human Anatomy
4
HSC 215
Human Physiology
4
HSC 216
Biomechanics and Kinesiology
3
HSC 308
Physiology of Sport and Exercise
3
Core Courses II
(5-8 hours)
Select one of the following options:
CR2A-EXSCI
Option A
(8 hours)
CR2B-EXSCI
Option B
(5 hours)
Required Courses
(21 hours)
HSC 219
Exercise Conditioning for Health Fitness Professionals
2
HSC 420
Fitness and Performance Assessment
3
HSC 421
Training for Fitness and Performance
3
HSC 423
Practicum in Personal Training
2
HSC 425
Health Fitness Program Administration/Management
3
HSC 576
Exercise Science Fitness Internship
8
Electives
(10-12 hours)
Select from the following:
FNS 370
Nutrition
3
FNS 375
Nutrition and Performance
3
HSC 424
Practicum in Health Fitness
2
HSC 503
Health Implications of Obesity
3
HSC 505
Work Injury Prevention
3
HSC 547
Health Risk Identification and Management
3
MKT 221/ENT 221
Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs
3
PES 338
Teaching Group Fitness
2
PES 485
Theoretical Foundations of Strength and Conditioning
3