Program Highlights

Individuals with a Health, Fitness and Recreation degree are health and physical activity experts in various health, recreation, sport and medical settings. Our program prepares students for a variety of careers, such as:

  • Health Promotion Coordinator
  • Recreation Director
  • Personal Trainer
  • Health Educator
  • Sports and Athletic Performance Trainer
  • Wellness Program Manager
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Wellness Coach
  • Fitness Club Manager

The program is designed to prepare students for post-graduate programs, as well as entry-level positions in the fields of fitness, coaching and recreation. Additional academic combinations with the Health, Fitness and Recreation major might include the nutrition minor and/or courses from the Behavioral Sciences, Communications or Natural Science departments.

The department is currently following curriculum recommendations of the National Council on Strength and Fitness and the National Strength and Conditioning Association for the preparation of professionals in the fitness and personal training field.

Health, Fitness, & Recreation Plan of Study

Departmental Course Offerings

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

Foundations Health/Fitness/Recreation Exercise science encompasses a growing number of sub-disciplines, each aimed at integrating the unique demands of movement and the basic science associated with the sub-discipline.  The aim of this course is for students to learn the introductory science and basic concepts of exercise, movement, and healthy behaviors.  Students will demonstrate knowledge of the requirements for career preparation in the major sub-disciplines of health, fitness, athletic performance, and recreation. (ES206)
Event and Venue Management This course integrates the various management functions of public assembly facilities and planning sport events.  Students focus on advanced management principles, practices, and methods. (ES300)
Sport Skills Instruction Preparing future teachers and fitness and sport majors by providing an opportunity to learn and develop specific sport skills.  The class focuses on the development of fundamental skills and their integration into team play through individual, small group and team drills. (ES320)
Growth and Motor Development Study of child, adolescent, and adult motor development will be the primary focus.  Reference to similarities and differences in motor development through the lifespan of the individual will be emphasized.  Secondary considerations of the cognitive, social and emotional development will be included. (ES325)
Health-Related Nutrition This course will explore the role of nutrition in physical fitness and health as professionals strive to promote optimal wellness.  Fitness components, testing, and program design will be discussed.  Nutritional concepts, nutrient function, and dietary considerations will be explored. (ES328)
Community Nutrition This course will examine the role of nutrition in promoting overall health in diverse populations in the community.  Nutrition needs across the lifespan will be explored.  Population-specific community resources and educational tools will be reviewed.  Students will study the financial, sociological, and political aspects of nutrition and community health.  Service learning projects and opportunities are integrated into the course. (ES329)
Practicum in Health Promotions This practicum offers experiential learning in the application of fitness and nutrition knowledge and concepts in the campus community setting. Nutrition and fitness components, program design, implementation, evaluation, and revision will be utilized. (ES330)
Practicum in Recreation This practicum engages Health, Fitness & Recreation students in integrative experiences under the direction of faculty.  The practicum integrates coursework and performance standards of professional organizations with planned and supervised professional experiences in campus recreation and local community recreation. (ES351)
Physiology of Exercise This course is designed to facilitate understanding in how the body reacts and adapts to exercise. Attention to the methods and principles of exercise testing is covered in detail. The course includes practical application of principles through laboratory experiences. Importance and purpose, physiological rationale, methodology, analysis, and discussion of exercise and the human body are all included. (ES410) Corequisite: ES411
Physiology of Exercise Lab Taken in conjunction with ES410.  For the lab part of this course, students will gain knowledge of the acute and chronic changes that physiologically occur in the body in response to exercise through demonstration and laboratory experiences. (ES411)  Corequisite: ES410
Principles of Strength and Conditioning This course will examine the basics of training design for personal fitness and athletic enhancement.  Main topics, which are applied, are anatomy and physiology, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, and program design.  Students who complete this course will have sufficient knowledge to pursue a certification as a personal trainer from accredited fitness organizations. (ES418)
Community Health Problems and Practices Exploring the community resources and public health policies designed to meet the health needs of individuals and families in their normal environment such as the home, school, and place of work.  Understanding health-related data about social and cultural environment will be included. (ES428)
Practicum in Personal Fitness The practicum engages Health, Fitness & Recreation students in integrative experiences under the direction of faculty.  The practicum integrates coursework and performance standards of professional organizations with planned and supervised professional experiences in planning and implementing personal training activities. (ES460)