Health and Wellness Major

The wellness field is growing and this major starts you on a career path that leads to jobs as a nutrition or food educator, fitness trainer, health coach or foodservice professional. Your degree will allow you to expand your knowledge, skills, and experiences in your chosen discipline. An internship in your senior year will place you in an organization, program, or business where you can demonstrate and grow your skills. Our students are often hired by their internship placements.

You can choose one of the two concentrations in the Health and Wellness Major

Health and Wellness: Fitness Concentration
Health and Wellness: Nutrition and Food Studies

The Fitness Concentration adds breadth and depth in the dual fields of fitness and nutrition. This unique program prepares you to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer national exam.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the growth in employment of fitness trainers and instructors will increase 8 percent from 2014 to 2024*. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.

The Nutrition and Food Studies concentration allows you to take advantage of the growing fields of health, wellness, and food and become a nutrition educator, wellness educator, health coach, or food service manager.

As a health educators you will teach people about behaviors that promote wellness and learn to create environments that promote health and prevent disease. You will learn to develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the growth in employment of health educators will grow 13% over the period of 2014-2024*.