Student instructing another student lifting weightsFitness & Recreation, B.S.

Are you a sports enthusiast with great memories of youth or adult league play at your hometown’s YMCA or parks and recreation department? Do you have a passion for coaching or helping others discover recreational activities that fit their lifestyle? Would you like to serve as role model who inspires others to stay healthy and fit? If these kind of motivational qualities motivate you, perhaps a degree in fitness and recreation could turn your passion into a career. Fitness and recreation professionals work with individuals and manage athletic and fitness centers to help people of all ages pursue healthy, fit lifestyles.

This program is designed to help you build a strong foundation of knowledge about the fitness and recreation industry. It will prepare you to lead a community recreation facility or your own fitness or recreation business.

A broad, practical knowledge base

The broad scope of this degree program will introduce students to the many career options available in this field, and it will give them the knowledge base necessary to be successful on whatever career path they choose. We believe that in-the-field practicum experiences in public or private settings help our students develop important skills. That’s why students will have the opportunity to work alongside fitness and recreation professionals, and will have an internship during their final semester.

Flexible career options

Students graduating with a degree in fitness and recreation can find lucrative jobs in many sectors. Our students have found jobs at non-profit organizations such as:

  • The YMCA
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Camps
  • Universities

They’ve also gone on to work at private sector jobs in:

  • Travel and tourism
  • Sporting facilities
  • Arenas
  • Amusement parks

Earning this degree


This is for students who want a traditional, on-campus college experience.

Course Curriculum