Human Performance and Fitness Bachelor's Degree

The NSU Human Performance and Fitness bachelor's degree program will prepare you to work in the field of sports science.

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About The Program
School of Education

Human Performance and Fitness Bachelor's Degree

As a human performance and fitness major, you’ll be part of a growing program that will help you build a strong sports science foundation through courses such as anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology.


Choose from two emphases:

  • Health Promotion
  • Exercise for Special Populations

You'll also have the unique opportunity to work with professors in our Nora Staael Evert Human Performance Lab, fully equipped to enhance teaching and training in the clinical and applied aspects of exercise physiology!


Lab Expansion Planned


Northern's sports science lab will be upgraded in a state-of-the art expansion that will include a motion capture camera system and force plates for biomechanical analysis. Read more here!


Wondering if this program is for you? 

This program will be a good fit if you are:

  • Driven and committed, wanting to pass knowledge along and stay on top of latest research
  • Personable, with good communication skills; a lot of daily contact
  • Adaptable and dependable; not a typical schedule and many demands can be placed with little notice
  • Invested in helping others and seeing them succeed
  • Caring, compassionate and empathetic; people that are in it for the long-term wellbeing of others are needed in these positions
  • Hands-on, and skilled at monitoring/assessing

With a degree in human performance and fitness, you could work as an:

  • Activities Coordinator
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Corporate Wellness Trainer
  • Dietician
  • Nutritionist
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Resort Manager
  • Camp Director
  • Cruise Recreation Director
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Health Information Coordinator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Recreation and Fitness Worker
  • Spa Director
  • Athlete/Coach
  • Dancer/Dance Teacher
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Recreational Therapist

At Northern, getting out of the classroom and into a real-world workplace setting is a critical part of your education. In this program, you’ll work with your professors to find the internship opportunity that’s right for you, with two options available:

  • PE 395: A field experience where you'll explore a possible career field for 150 hours
  • PE 496: You'll work directly with professionals in the field for 150 hours

Contact the Millicent Atkins School of Education at 605-626-2415 to learn more!


The NSU WolfPACT is the highest guaranteed, four-year scholarship in the region. But we also offer scholarships specific to education students. Contact the School of Education at 605-626-2415 to learn more!

Suggested Majors and Minors 

Students majoring in human performance and fitness often double major in: 

And they often minor in:

Study Abroad 

Experience the world while earning your degree through NSU Study Abroad! With hundreds of opportunities available around the globe, Northern can make your study abroad dream become a reality. Learn more!

Undergraduate Research 

At Northern, you'll have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research that can have real-world impacts - while still an undergraduate student. Now with our brand new, state-of-the-art Jewett Regional Science Education Center, the sky is truly the limit. Learn more!

Contact Information 

Ready to take the next step? Contact us today:

  • Human performance and fitness academic advisor: Tim Moffett, 605-626-2272 or
  • Human performance and fitness faculty advisor: TBA

Want to learn more about living and learning at Northern? Contact NSU Admissions today 605-626-2544 or!


Still unsure of a major? We can help! Contact NSU Career Services at 605-626-3007 or



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