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 and remain continuously enrolled at Penn State 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
- KINES/FITSD Recommended Academic Plan (University Park)
- KINES/FITSD Recommended Academic Plan (Commonwealth Campuses)
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
Limitation on the number of transfer courses used for KINES 300-Level core:
Effective FA15, out of the Kines 300-level core courses (Kines 321, 341 soon to be a new course, 345, 350, 360, and 384), only up to two courses (6 credits) can be transferred in and used towards graduation for the Kinesiology or Athletic Training Majors.
Policy 83-80 limitations on source and time for credit acquisition:
In accordance with Policy 83-80.5, the Department of Kinesiology requires at least 24 credits of Kinesiology courses required for graduation to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. The 24 credits includes the capstone course in the major: Kines 495B for the Movement Science Option; Kines 495F for the Athletic Training Major; and Kines 495C for the Exercise Science Option. Students who are earning the Kinesiology or Athletic Training Major at University Park may not count courses taken at other Penn State Campuses towards this 24 credit minimum.