Fitness and Health Promotion (BS)

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Fitness and Health Promotion
Program Code: 3150

About This Major...

Students enrolled in this major should have a strong interest in the sciences as this program applies science to human function. The student will explore exercise physiology, anatomical kinesiology, community health, physical activity and aging, worksite health promotion, and sports nutrition, among other subject areas. Career opportunities include: sports and wellness program instructors and directors; strength coaches for college, university and professional sports1 programs; managers and exercise leaders in corporate wellness programs; nutritionists1; occupational therapists1; and personal trainers.


Career requires additional post-baccalaureate studies.

Colorado Mesa students frequently continue their study for graduate or professional degrees at universities widely recognized as top programs in exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physical education, and public health.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the functions of the individual body systems. (Specialized Knowledge)
  2. Identify risk factors associated with chronic disease. (Specialized Knowledge)
  3. Identify and describe nutritional practices related to disease, health, fitness and human performance. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Identify the scope and definitions of health, fitness, and human performance, with the ability to analyze the data critically. (Applied Learning, Quantitative Fluency)
  5. Describe and communicate how physical activity relates to health. (Communication Fluency)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA1 23
Select one History course3
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Must receive a grade of “C” or better and must be completed by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


 This is a 4 semester credit hour course. 3 credits apply to the Essential Learning requirements and 1 credit applies to elective credit.

Other Lower Division Requirements

(7 semester hours)

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
KINA 1XXActivity Course1
KINA 1XXActivity Course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours7

Essential Learning Capstone must be taken after completion of the Essential Learning English and Mathematics requirements, and when a student has earned between 45 and 75 hours. 

Foundation Courses

(13-14 semester hours)

One of the following: 13-4
Beginning Programming
and Beginning Programming Laboratory
Probability and Statistics-GTMA1
KINE 203Human Nutrition3
BIOL 209
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
Complete one of the following:3
Lifeguard Training
Emergency Care
Total Semester Credit Hours13-14

 Or higher level CSCI or STAT course.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(48-49 semester hours, 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher required in major content area.)

KINA 128Intermediate Weight Training1
KINA 1XXActivity course1
KINE 200Foundations of Kinesiology3
KINE 213Applications of Physical Fitness and Exercise Prescription3
KINE 297Practicum2
KINE 301Health and Fitness Assessment3
KINE 303
Physiology of Exercise
and Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
KINE 309Anatomical Kinesiology3
KINE 310Methods of Exercise Instruction3
KINE 333Community Health3
or KINE 411 Worksite Health Promotion
KINE 403Advanced Strength and Conditioning3
or KINE 404 Clinical Exercise Physiology and Advanced Exercise Prescription
KINE 405Sports Nutrition3
KINE 415Physical Activity and Aging3
KINE 494Kinesiology Senior Seminar1
KINE 499Internship3
Restricted Electives
Select three courses from the following: 19-10
Community Health 2
and Biomechanics Laboratory
Organization, Management, and Legal Liabilities for Youth Fitness Programs
Advanced Strength and Conditioning 3
Clinical Exercise Physiology and Advanced Exercise Prescription 3
Worksite Health Promotion 2
Health Behavior Change
Medical Conditions and Pharmacology in the Physically Active
Inclusive Physical Activity
Structured Research
Sport Psychology
Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Applied Financial Management for Emerging Businesses
Other Requirements
CPR card must be current upon graduation
Total Semester Credit Hours48-49

Courses with a lecture and lab are counted as one course.


KINE 333/KINE 411 may not be double counted from the list of major requirements.


KINE 403/ KINE 404 may not be double counted from the list of major requirements.

General Electives

(All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total hours to 120 hours. 20-24 semester hours.)

MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA11
Select additional electives19-23
Total Semester Credit Hours20-24

While the sequencing below culminates in a total of 121-125 semester credit hours, students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours as required for completion of the degree, including satisfactory completion of all required courses. Plan to complete requirements with varying hour options accordingly.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
KINA 1XXActivity course 1
KINE 200 Foundations of Kinesiology 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
Essential Learning - History 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
BIOL 209
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
MATH 113 College Algebra-GTMA1 4
KINE 213 Applications of Physical Fitness and Exercise Prescription 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
Fall Semester
CSCI 110
Beginning Programming 1
or Probability and Statistics-GTMA1
KINE 250
Lifeguard Training
or Emergency Care
KINA 1XXActivity course 1
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours17-18
Spring Semester
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
KINE 203 Human Nutrition 3
KINE 297 Practicum 2
KINA 1XXActivity Course 1
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
KINE 301 Health and Fitness Assessment 3
KINE 303
Physiology of Exercise
and Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
KINE 333
Community Health
or Worksite Health Promotion
KINA 128 Intermediate Weight Training 1
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
KINE 309 Anatomical Kinesiology 3
KINE 405 Sports Nutrition 3
KINE 415 Physical Activity and Aging 3
Restricted Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
KINE 310 Methods of Exercise Instruction 3
Restricted Elective 6-7
General Elective 3-4
 Semester Credit Hours12-14
Spring Semester
KINE 494 Kinesiology Senior Seminar 1
KINE 499 Internship 6
General Elective (if needed) 6-7
 Semester Credit Hours13-14
 Total Semester Credit Hours121-125

Or higher level CSCI or STAT course.

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for their intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be their responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.