Human Performance and Fitness

Human Performance and Fitness is an exciting and growing field of study at NSU, designed to meet the needs of students interested in fitness, health, strength and conditioning, and related areas.

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About The Program
School of Education

Human Performance and Fitness

In this program you’ll build a strong science foundation through courses such as anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology.

Human performance and fitness majors can choose from three concentrations:


Personal Training/Strength and Conditioning, which prepares students for certifications offered by the National Strength & Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine;


Fitness Administration, which prepares students to manage/own fitness businesses; and


Health and Fitness for Older Adults, which prepares student for job opportunities in fields such as occupational therapy.


NSU offers a unique opportunity for students to work with professors in our Nora Staael Evert Human Performance Lab, which is fully equipped to enhance the teaching and training in the clinical and applied aspects of exercise physiology.



Our graduates are prepared to enter professional programs in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, and other allied health professions; continue their study of exercise science or human performance in graduate school; and enter the workforce as a strength coach, personal trainer, corporate fitness professional.


The career outlook for the exercise scientist is expected to be positive. Job opportunities in the exercise science field are expected to grow faster than jobs overall for the foreseeable future due to an increasing number of businesses offering wellness programs for their employees, the general rise in fitness awareness among the population, and the aging of the baby boomer generation.  


Our department’s academic advisors and professors will work one-on-one with you to discuss career options that are a perfect fit for your interests and abilities. For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact the NSU Career Center.


In this program, you’ll work with your professors to find the internship opportunity that’s right for you. We’ve designed two options for you to gain valuable hands-on experience:


PE 395 - A field experience where the student explores a possible career field for 150 hours


PE 496 - Students work directly with professionals in the field for 150 hours


School of Education scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and upperclassmen. For details, please call the School of Education at 605-626-2417.

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