Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Wellness

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  • Course description
    The B.S. in exercise and wellness with a concentration in exercise and wellness provides students with the knowledge, skills and professional expertise to assist individuals across the life span in adopting physically active and healthy behaviors that lead to increased fitness, wellness and optimal health. Students are exposed to the latest research and practices designed to enhance physical activity and wellness, including both laboratory and field experiences. A distinctive aspect of the exercise and wellness concentration is an outstanding internship program that provides pre-professional experience in the fitness, wellness and health industry throughout the metropolitan Phoenix area.

    Students offered admission into this degree program will pursue the degree at either the Polytechnic or Downtown Phoenix campus, based on the following criteria:

    A. Students admitted immediately after earning a high school diploma, regardless of any earned college credit (or who have not attended any college since high school graduation), will pursue the program at the Downtown Phoenix campus.

    B. Students admitted after attending community college or another university will pursue the program at the Polytechnic campus, and will be reviewed by an advisor to determine their level of progression in the program.

    Students who will not be enrolling in upper-division courses in the major may have their campus changed to the Downtown Phoenix campus, and may pursue the program at that campus, if it is deemed possible by an academic advisor.

    Promoting healthy lifestyles is a key component of a prosperous global society and is important for an individual’s day-to-day health and wellbeing. Regular physical activity is the best prescription known to reduce the risks of many chronic diseases and disabling conditions and it is effective in improving mental health and physical function as one ages.

    The need for qualified, educated professionals in the areas of exercise and wellness and healthy lifestyle promotion is growing. Graduates from programs of Exercise and Wellness have developed the skills and strategies needed to promote physical activity and health in community, rehabilitation, academic, business, and agency settings. Graduates are prepared for jobs as health promotion specialists, wellness directors, physical activity and fitness leaders, spa directors, exercise physiologists, and college and university professors, just to name a few.

    If you have a passion for health, exercise and wellness, an Exercise and Wellness degree will provide you with the tools you need to find a successful career promoting healthy lifestyles.

    Our Purpose
    At the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels, to prepare practitioners and managers for careers in health, fitness, and wellness.

    At the doctoral degree level , to prepare research scholars in physical activity, nutrition, and wellness for careers in higher education, research, and health promotion practice. Learn about our history .
    Our Vision
    To become a nationally recognized leader in studying and promoting healthy lifestyles.
    Our Mission
    Our mission is to study the impact of physical activity on optimal health and wellness through the life span. This encompasses promotion of active living, healthy body weight, stress management, risk factor reduction, and successful aging. This mission is achieved by providing excellent:
    • Learning experiences in our classrooms, laboratories, advisement and mentoring
    • Research, scholarship and practice by creating, synthesizing and disseminating knowledge
    • Service and outreach to local and global communities

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