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Fitness/Wellness Minor

At the University of Central Missouri, our Fitness/Wellness minor will enhance your educational experience, resume and lifestyle. Through specialized coursework, you’ll gain a foundation of knowledge and skills in exercise science, fitness assessment, personal training and nutrition to find success in various health and wellness careers. If you’re considering a career in health care or psychology, for example, an important part of your education may be understanding how establishing healthy behaviors may impact the entire person.

An on-campus Fitness/Wellness minor

With just a few additional courses, you can earn a Fitness/Wellness minor that complements your UCM bachelor’s degree. You’ll be prepared for careers in fitness and wellness through hands-on coursework offered at our Warrensburg campus, with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available for your use.

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Amanda Wakeman, DPT
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator of Kinesiology
Morrow 128
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8881

College of Health, Science and Technology

Department of Nutrition, Kinesiology, and Health

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What you will study

Fitness and wellness have an immensely positive impact on almost every aspect of daily living. UCM’s Fitness/Wellness minor gives you the tools and techniques to help others live happy, healthy lives through building and developing effective exercise and workout programs.  

Throughout your undergraduate coursework, you’ll be introduced to foundations in human movement and mechanics, as well as the basics of determining readiness for behavior change related to fitness and wellness. 

You’ll take undergraduate courses such as:

  • Assessment and Evaluation of Fitness/Wellness: Learn how to perform and implement comprehensive fitness assessments and evaluate fitness levels.
  • Biomechanics: Gain a greater understanding of lab techniques for human performance and clinical assessments.
  • Personal Training: Learn how to evaluate the points of performance for movement patterns in exercise and how to give concise, expert cues for improving movement quality. 


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  • Top 15%: Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Exercise Science and Kinesiology (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in fitness and wellness

UCM students who pursue our Fitness/Wellness minor supplement a bachelor’s degree program with hands-on experience and preparation.

  • Prepare for industry recognized certifications: The Fitness/Wellness minor helps you build the foundational knowledge needed to pass a variety of professional certifications, including the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  
  • Get involved beyond the classroom: UCM offers more than 200 student organizations. Many Fitness/Wellness minors get involved in groups such as Kinesiology Club, Student Athletics Activities Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, or the Athletic Training Student Association. These groups offer valuable experiences while connecting and networking with fellow Fitness/Wellness students. 
  • Gain first-hand job experience on campus: With a passion for Fitness and Wellness, there are a multitude of job opportunities and volunteer experiences available on campus. The Student Recreation and Wellness Center hires qualified, eager students as personal trainers or group fitness instructors. 


What can you do with a minor in Fitness/Wellness from UCM?

From nursing to physical education, kinesiology to psychology, UCM undergraduate students with various backgrounds choose to pursue a Fitness/Wellness minor. You’ll gain a firm foundation in fitness and wellness and how the field can improve your life and the lives of others. 


How will a Fitness/Wellness minor from UCM advance your career aspirations? Use our interactive tool below to explore career options, salary expectations and more.




Financial assistance options for Fitness/Wellness students

Did you know that 94% of all UCM undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid? That’s because UCM is committed to keeping your education affordable and accessible. 

In addition to general university scholarships, UCM offers many ways to help finance your college education. Discover all the scholarship opportunities available to you by using our UCM Scholarship Finder.


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