Prepare for a Health Education Career
If your goal is to become a personal trainer, health and fitness instructor, exercise leader or health educator, the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Health Education program was designed with you in mind. This health education degree program, offered through Grand Canyon University's (GCU) College of Science, Engineering and Technology, can lead to eligibility for certification in several areas with the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
Learn to Teach Health Education to Groups
Through the curriculum for the health education degree, you explore fitness, examine how to evaluate an individual's fitness needs and gain guidance for developing customized fitness and health education programs. If you want to become a certified health education specialist, this program prepares you with the skills necessary to teach health education to groups.
In this BS in exercise science degree program, you study nutrition theory while also focusing on food components, exercise and weight control. You also investigate the principles of sports medicine, including the care and treatment of student-athletes.
What You Will Learn
Study a Curriculum Designed with You in Mind
Course topics include:
- Personal wellness and fitness
- Fitness training
- Cardiovascular fitness
- Anatomy and physiology
- Health risk appraisal
- Weight control and management
- Exercise testing and prescription
- Methods of teaching health and measuring in exercise science
- Physiology of exercise
- Health promotion
- Health assessment
- Global health issues
- Health management and administration
- Health planning and implementation
- Epidemiological issues
Position Yourself for Success in a Health Education Career
GCU's Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Health Education degree provides competency in personal and group health instruction designed to prepare you to become a health and wellness educator. If you are enthusiastic about working directly with clients in the areas of disease prevention and physical fitness, as well as wellness and health enhancement, this degree will set you on the right career path.
You may also choose to continue your education by earning a post-graduate degree in a field like athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, occupational therapy, kinesiology, education and public health.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.