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Philip Buckenmeyer
Professional Studies Building, Room 1164
Phone: 607-753-4300
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Email:
julie.crandall@cortland.edu
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Program Details

Fitness Development [FIT] (Major)

This program in the Kinesiology Department provides a theoretical and practical knowledge base for students who are interested in careers in health/fitness settings. Students in this program have the opportunity to prepare for careers in fitness management, health promotion and other wellness-related programs.

This program can lead to certification as a health/fitness instructor, personal trainer, and/or certified strength and conditioning specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

A. General Education and Liberal Arts: 75 credit hours
General Education Courses (28 credit hours)
  • BIO 301 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 302 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • and
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Quantitative Skills - GE 1

Three credit hours, select one course from the following:

  • COM 230 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 221 - Economic Statistics (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 201 - Statistics in Exercise Science (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
Liberal Arts Electives (26 credit hours)
B. Kinesiology Theory Core: 21 credit hours

The following courses may count toward liberal arts credit hours.

  • EXS 100 - Introduction to Kinesiology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • EXS 197 - History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 287 - Social Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 297 - Motor Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 351 - Philosophy of Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 387 - Biomechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 397 - Exercise Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 420 - History of Physical Activity and Sport in American Culture (3 cr. hr.)
C. Fitness Development Theory Requirements: 23 credit hours
  • ATR 421 - Athletic Injury Risk Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 357 - Nutrition and Sport Performance (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 435 - Neuromuscular Fitness Assessment and Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 438 - Cardio-Respiratory Fitness Assessment and Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 120 - Responding to Emergencies (2 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 210 - Wellness and Health Promotion (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 301 - Stress Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 250 - Principles of Management (3 cr. hr.)
    May count toward liberal arts credit hours.
D. Fitness Development Activity Requirements: 6 credit hours

Select each of the following:

  • PED 189 - Aquatics (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 282 - Health-Related Physical Fitness (1 cr. hr.)
Select four additonal courses from the following:
  • EXS 151 - Practical Strength and Conditioning (1 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 156 - Group Exercise Instruction (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 181 - Adventure Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 283 - Racquet Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 384 - Self-Defense (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 388 - Rhythms and Dance (1 cr. hr.)
E. Practica/Internship Requirements: 14-20 credit hours
  • EXS 196 - Field Experience in Fitness Development I (1 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 296 - Field Experience in Fitness Development II (1 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 371 - Pre-Internship Seminar in Fitness Development (1 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 470 - Field Experience in Fitness Development III (2 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 471 - Internship in Fitness Development (9-15 cr. hr.)
F. Free Electives: 1-10 credit hours
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the B.S. in Fitness Development over Four Years

First Year

Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • EXS 100 - Introduction to Kinesiology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • EXS 197 - History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 110 - Principles of Biology I (4 cr. hr.) (GE 2)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 282 - Health-Related Physical Fitness (1 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 14
  • BIO 111 - Principles of Biology II (3 cr. hr.) (GE 2)
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 189 - Aquatics (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 181 - Adventure Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year

Fall Total credit hours: 15

  • BIO 301 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 287 - Social Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 120 - Responding to Emergencies (2 cr. hr.)
  • PED 388 - Rhythms and Dance (1 cr. hr.)
  • 2 GE courses (6 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • BIO 302 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 196 - Field Experience in Fitness Development I (1 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 297 - Motor Behavior (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 210 - Wellness and Health Promotion (3 cr. hr.)
  • 2 GE courses (6 cr. hr.)
Third Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16

  • ATR 421 - Athletic Injury Risk Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 296 - Field Experience in Fitness Development II (1 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 397 - Exercise Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
    Quantitative Skills: Choose one from the following (3 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 221 - Economic Statistics (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
  • 2 GE courses (6 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • EXS 357 - Nutrition and Sport Performance (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 387 - Biomechanics (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 435 - Neuromuscular Fitness Assessment and Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 301 - Stress Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year

Fall Total credit hours: 17

  • Electives (4 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 351 - Philosophy of Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 438 - Cardio-Respiratory Fitness Assessment and Programming (3 cr. hr.)
  • MGT 250 - Principles of Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • PED 384 - Self-Defense (1 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • EXS 371 - Pre-Internship Seminar in Fitness Development (1 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 420 - History of Physical Activity and Sport in American Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • EXS 470 - Field Experience in Fitness Development III (2 cr. hr.)
  • PED 283 - Racquet Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • GE course (3 cr. hr.)
  • Electives (6 cr. hr.)
Internship
  • EXS 471 - Internship in Fitness Development (9-15 cr. hr.)
  • The suggested sequence represents a four-year plus summer internship schedule. It is possible to complete the program in four years with the internship scheduled for the final spring semester, provided EXS 371 is taken in the final fall semester.