Fitness Development Major

If you want to pursue a career in a health or fitness setting, you’ll need a theoretical and practical knowledge base to meet your goals. A concentrated course program provides essential theoretical information. You’ll apply this knowledge through an internship experience in exercise, wellness, health promotion, corporate fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, commercial fitness or other related areas.

Career Potential

  • Corporate wellness specialist
  • Community wellness program director
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Worksite fitness/wellness center director
  • Health coach/personal trainer
  • Cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Chiropractic medicine

What Will I Learn?

  • You’ll be in a flexible, broad-based program that combines major courses with a number of electives.
  • Courses emphasize current research as well as its practical application.
  • You’ll take core courses in exercise science along with classes in other disciplines such as:
    • Physical education
    • Health
    • Social sciences
    • Applied sciences

Special Features

  • Internship for your degree
  • Work with faculty and your colleagues on research studies
  • Work with Center for Obesity Research and Education (C.O.R.E.)
  • Clubs that will help immerse you in your study through fieldwork
  • Work with a faculty or staff member as your client
  • Study abroad in England, Germany and Australia

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with extracurricular opportunities: 

  • Healthy Now Teen Program
  • Practicum experiences
  • Research projects with faculty
  • Participation in service-learning opportunities in the community

Student Clubs

  • Dartfish Club
  • FIT Club
  • American Heart Association Club

Next Steps

Contact Us

Chair: Philip Buckenmeyer
Office: Professional Studies Building, Room 1164
Phone: 607-753-4300
Fax: 607-753-5596

Fast Facts

  • The SUNY Cortland Kinesiology Department is a member of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA)
  • The five majors in the Kinesiology Department total 868 students, the largest undergraduate enrollment for a department at SUNY Cortland.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 124

Excellence

We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships

  • Outstanding Senior Student in Fitness Development

See all scholarship opportunities

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