Health and Fitness Education

Programs offered
  • Health and Fitness Education (major and minor)
  • Coaching Science (minor)

The Health and Fitness Education faculty are committed to delivering a program that promotes health through physical activity while valuing and examining physical activity through a Christian worldview.

Find out more about this program’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

Health and Fitness Education (BA)


In this major, you will proceed through a sequential, comprehensive curriculum that prepares you to enter a variety of movement-related professions, including teaching, fitness training, and recreational leadership.

  • A minimum 80 credits are required in this major, including 35 upper-division credits.
  • This major requires you to complete the 54 credits of core courses, as well as the remainder of additional credits.
  • You are required to complete PES 4899 Senior Capstone, in which you research a topic, write a well-documented paper, and present it before your professors and peers.

Health and Fitness and Coaching Science minor

  • A minimum 36 credits are required for the Health and Fitness minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • The Health and Fitness minor includes 32 credits of required courses, and 4 elective credits.
  • A minimum 36 credits are required for the Coaching Science minor, including 19 upper-division credits.
  • The Coaching Science minor includes 36 credits of required courses, including a practicum.

Apply to the major or minor

  • You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in at least 9 credits taken at SPU that apply to this major or minor.
  • Apply to this major or minor through the online Major or Minor application.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when you are admitted to this major or minor.

Future teachers

Elementary Teacher Certification

If you plan to obtain Residency Teacher Certification (K–8) and are interested in teaching health and fitness, you must major in the Integrated Studies (BA) major with a concentration in Health and Fitness.

The concentration consists of courses in nutrition and health and fitness.  The advisor for the Integrated Studies: Health and Fitness Concentration is Dr. JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner (

Secondary Teacher Certification

If you plan to seek Secondary (junior or senior high school) Teacher Certification and obtain a Washington state teaching endorsement in health and fitness, you must complete a minimum 45 credits in Health and Fitness to obtain your original/first endorsement or a minimum 24 credits in Health and Fitness to obtain a supporting/second endorsement.

See Certification Requirements in School of Education for more information. Advisor Dr. JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner can be contacted at


Health and Human Performance 

Visit the Health and Human Performance Department in the School of Health Sciences to see how a degree from this department can help you achieve your goals to make a difference in the world.

Time Schedule: Health and Human Performance

Course Planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.

Students walking towards the coast at Camp Casey

Lifetime Activity Courses

From “Outdoor Survival” to “Introduction to Ballet,” explore lifetime activity courses available to all students.