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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
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Kinesiology
Morrow 144
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8881
wakeman@ucmo.edu

College of Health, Science and Technology

School of Nutrition, Kinesiology and Psychological Science


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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 handle comprehensive fitness testing and reporting.
  • Biomechanics: Gain a greater understanding of lab techniques for human performance and clinical assessments.
  • Physical Activity and Special Populations: Learn how to safely adapt exercises for individuals with acute and chronic conditions.

 

National Rankings

  • Ranked in the top 15% of 2022 Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Exercise Science and Kinesiology by College Factual

 

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.

  • Take on important research pursuits: Conduct research as an undergraduate student. Partner with UCM’s faculty members and help advance our field. 
  • 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 and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. These groups offer valuable experiences for you to put opportunity in action while connecting and networking with fellow Fitness/Wellness students. 
  • Gain first-hand job experience on campus: Like other program students, you may apply for a part-time job as a personal trainer or as a group fitness instructor at UCM’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

 

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. 

Help others establish healthy behaviors

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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