Health & Fitness

Bachelor of Science

The Health & Fitness emphasis is for students interested in developing and executing workout routines, whether it be for clients in private gyms or patients in rehabilitation centers. A strong foundation in health and fitness is critical if you aspire to be a sports coach, personal trainer, corporate wellness specialist or health educator.

Program Overview

Discover innovative ways to help people stay physically fit.

The Health & Fitness emphasis will teach you how to develop and execute workout routines for clients in private gyms or patients in rehabilitation centers. The curriculum is a dynamic balance between coursework in science, exercise physiology, anatomy, nutrition and psychology with technical classes in facilities management and fitness instruction.

To start building your resume, you can conduct research in our state-of-the-art High Altitude Performance Lab and help develop exercise programming for clinical populations in the Wellness Elevated program. If graduate school is on your radar, you can get a head start by collaborating on research projects with students in the High Altitude Exercise Physiology master’s program. Through the Association for Students of Exercise Sports Science, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in professional development and networking events to meet potential employers.

Fulfilling work

Health & Fitness students learn the skills and science behind the possibilities of exercise and its influence on health and mental wellness.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
BIOL 300 Basic Nutrition 3 View
ESS 201 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (with Lab) 4 View
ESS 275 Motor Development and Learning 3 View
ESS 298 Fitness Instruction 3 View
ESS 330 Exercise Physiology 3 View
ESS 331 Exercise Physiology Lab 1 View
ESS 340 Mental Training for Peak Performance 3 View
ESS 355 Psychology of Injury 3 View
ESS 360 Nutrition for Wellness and Performance 3 View
ESS 363 Inclusive Physical Activity 3 View
ESS 365 Topics in Physical Activity 3 View
ESS 370 Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 3 View
ESS 380 Biomechanics 3 View
ESS 382 Management of Sport and Fitness Facilities 3 View
ESS 385 Physical Activity Programming 3 View
ESS 410 Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3 View
ESS 411 Wellness Elevated I 3 View
ESS 450 Risk Management in Physical Activity Settings 3 View
ROE 466 Facilities and Administration 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

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Get Involved

Make your education a life changing experience.

A college education is so much more than just taking classes. Expand your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.

  • Graduate Research: Collaborate on research projects with students in the High Altitude Exercise Physiology master’s program.
  • High Altitude Performance Lab: Take classes and conduct research in our state-of-the-art facility.
  • Publish Research: Publish your work in the Center for Wellness and Human Performance Health & Fitness Journal.
  • Wellness Elevated: Work with clinical populations and their exercise programming for a semester or more.
  • Association for Students of Exercise Sports Science: This club is specifically tailored to ESS majors. Outings and events provide social support, professional development and networking opportunities.

High Altitude Performance Lab

Exercise and Sports Science students work with a patient for research at Western’s High Altitude Performance lab. The HAP Lab allows students to study the physiological effects of Gunnison’s 7,703-foot elevation.

Department Chairperson

Lance Dalleck, Ph.D.

Professor of Exercise & Sport Science

Administrative Assistant

Terri Stinson

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

970.943.7129

970.943.7125

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Paul Wright Gym 209
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231