A concentration in Health Promotion provides academic content and experience in promoting positive health behaviors such as physical activity, weight management, stress management, identification of risk factors associated with chronic disease and exercise prescription. The curriculum focuses on exercise science, behavior change, health promotion program development, business administration, and practical field experiences. This concentration prepares students for careers in a wide variety of allied health fields, such as health/wellness. fitness facilities, sport specific training, clinical rehabilitative settings, corporate health and wellness programs, and non-profit organizations.

Effective Spring 2017

CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
FSHN 150Survey of Human Nutrition 3
HES 145Health and Wellness 3
MATH 1181College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 1241Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 1251Numerical Trigonometry (GT-MA1)1B1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
Biology - Select one group from the following: 4
Group A:  
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:  
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Chemistry - Select one group from the following:2 5
Group A  
Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)3A 
Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B  
General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A 
General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A 
Arts and Humanities3B6
 Total Credits 30
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology 4
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
HES 207Anatomical Kinesiology 3
HES 3033Biomechanics and Neurophysiology 3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Statistics - Choose one course from the following: 3
General Statistics  
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Introduction to Biostatistics  
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 31
CO 301BWriting in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)23
HES 232Techniques of Teaching Group Exercise 1
HES 340Exercise Prescription 3
HES 354Theory of Health Behavior 3
HES 355Integration of Health Behaviors 3
HES 3864Practicum–Adult Fitness 2
HES 403Physiology of Exercise4B4
MKT 305Fundamentals of Marketing 3
MKT 320Integrated Marketing Communications 3
Guided Electives: Select two of the following courses (minimum of 6 credits) 6
Fundamentals of Accounting  
Cardiopulmonary Physiology  
Chemistry of Addictions  
Health Economics  
Psychology and Sport  
Electrocardiography and Exercise Management  
Mind, Brain, and Behavior  
Social Psychology  
 Total Credits 31
HES 345Population Health and Disease Prevention 3
HES 434Physical Activity Throughout the Lifespan 3
HES 455Health Promotion Programming4A,4C3
HES 486Practicum–Wellness Program Management 3
HES 487Internship 12
Electives5 4
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120

Cardiac Care Internship Requirements

Students enrolling in internships in cardiac care must take HES 420 prior to the internship. Students may use elective credits in the sophomore, junior, or senior year to do so. A minimum grade of B (3.00) is required in HES 420 prior to internship placement. 

HES 420Electrocardiography and Exercise Management3
It is recommended, but not required, that students enrolling in cardiac care internships take the following courses using elective credit.
BMS 420Cardiopulmonary Physiology3
BMS 450Pharmacology3

 MATH 155 or MATH 160 can be substituted for MATH 118, MATH 124 and MATH 125.


CHEM 111/CHEM 112 can be substituted for CHEM 107/ CHEM 108, and should be seriously considered by students who want to go on to graduate studies.


Students may substitute HES 307 and HES 319 for HES 303.


 The minimum GPA for students in the Health Promotion concentration must be at least 2.750 with no grade below a C in the following courses BMS 300, FSHN 150, HES 207, and HES 145 before department approval will be given to register for HES 386.


Select enough elective credits to bring the program to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
HES 145Health and Wellness X 3
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1) X1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1) X1B1
Biology - Select one group from the following: X 4
Group A    
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)  3A 
Group B    
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)  3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A 
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FSHN 150Survey of Human Nutrition X 3
MATH 125Numerical Trigonometry (GT-MA1)X 1B1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3) X3C3
Chemistry - Select one group from the following: X 5
Group A    
Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2) X3A 
Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1) X3A 
Group B    
General Chemistry I (GT-SC2) X3A 
General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1) X3A 
Arts and Humanities X3B3
AUCC 1B (MATH) and CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HES 207Anatomical Kinesiology X 3
SPCM 200Public Speaking X 3
Statistics - select one of the following courses: X 3
General Statistics    
Introduction to Statistical Methods    
Introduction to Biostatistics    
Global and Cultural Awareness X3E3
Historical Perspectives X3D3
CHEM 107/CHEM 108 or CHEM 111/CHEM 112 and LIFE 102 or BZ 110/BZ 111 must be completed by the end of Semester 3.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BMS 300Principles of Human PhysiologyX  4
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)  3C3
HES 303Biomechanics and Neurophysiology X 3
Electives   6
HES 145, FSHN 150, HES 207 and BMS 300 (Cumulative GPA of 2.75 with a grade no lower than a C in these 4 courses) must be completed by the end of semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 301BWriting in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3) X23
HES 232Techniques of Teaching Group ExerciseX  1
HES 340Exercise PrescriptionX  3
HES 354Theory of Health Behavior X 3
MKT 305Fundamentals of Marketing X 3
Health Promotion Guided Electives (See course list below) X 3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HES 355Integration of Health BehaviorsX  3
HES 386Practicum–Adult Fitness   2
HES 403Physiology of ExerciseX 4B4
MKT 320Integrated Marketing Communications X 3
Health Promotion Guided Elective (see course list below) X 3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HES 345Population Health and Disease PreventionX  3
HES 434Physical Activity Throughout the LifespanX  3
HES 455Health Promotion ProgrammingX 4A,4C3
HES 486Practicum–Wellness Program ManagementX  3
ElectivesX  4
The benchmark courses for the 7th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study (except for HES 487). X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
HES 487InternshipX  12
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12
 Program Total Credits:   120
Health Promotion - Guided Electives
Select a minimum of 6 credits
ACT 205Fundamentals of Accounting3
BMS 420Cardiopulmonary Physiology3
BMS 450Pharmacology3
CHEM 320Chemistry of Addictions3
ECON 325Health Economics3
HES 379Psychology and Sport3
HES 420Electrocardiography and Exercise Management3
PSY 252Mind, Brain, and Behavior3
PSY 315Social Psychology3