Exercise Science and Sport Management - General Wellness Studies Concentration C

Department Chair: Diane Burr, diane.burr@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7242
Faculty Contact: Sarah Milner, sarah.milner@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7162
Department Office: 020 Graichen Gynmasium, (701) 845-7580
Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


The General Wellness Studies concentration is designed for the student who is interested in attaining entry-level positions in health and fitness related fields. The program is housed in the new state-of-the-art Valley City Health, Wellness and Physical Education Center. Students enrolled in the program will develop an understanding of the various components of health and fitness related services by providing students with field experiences where they will be mentored by professionals from their chosen field. 

The program of study aims to develop an understanding of the concepts and theories of sport activities, along with health and wellness behaviors of the general public. Students will acquire the skills needed to develop and/or assist other health and fitness professionals in publicly or privately owned and operated businesses in the community.


The Exercise Science Club provides students in the fitness, exercise science, and wellness fields opportunities to discuss current topics in the profession and provide community outreach programs. 

“Valley City State University provides an excellent learning environment and friendly faculty focused on the student’s success.”  —Micah Hoy ’10, Sharon, N.D.; Certified Personal Trainer

“VCSU gave me the professional tools to effectively design and implement functional, sport-specific performance enhancement and injury prevention programs. I am thankful for the leadership qualities and exercise science knowledge I obtained at VCSU to coach athletes of all ages, skills sets, and abilities!” —Kyle Skinner ’13, Seattle, Wash.

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Women in America
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 2
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

 Required ENGL 125



Major Requirement

Required Courses
HPER 208Introduction to Physical Education2
HPER 209Sport Nutrition Concepts3
HPER 210First Aid & CPR1
HPER 350Sport Ethics2
Total Credits8

Concentration C - General Wellness Studies

Required Courses
BUSI 214Business Communications3
HPER 109Exercise Techniques and Program Design3
HPER 207Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries2
HPER 220Practical Application of Fitness Education3
HPER 380Human Sexuality3
HPER 400Current Issues in Community Health2
HPER 222Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society2
HPER 487Field Experience2-4
Directed Electives:
Wellness Studies Electives: Students will choose a minimum of 4 courses9
Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance
Applied Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Performance
Drug Education and Information
Contemporary Health Issues
Field Experience
Field Experience
Outdoor Pursuits for the Physical Educator
Fitness Assessment and Prescription
Sport Studies Elective: Students will choose a minimum of 6 courses12
Philosophy and Application of Football Coaching
Philosophy and Application of Basketball Coaching
Philosophy and Application of Volleyball Coaching
Philosophy and Application of Baseball and Softball Coaching
Philosophy and Application of Track and Field Coaching
Activities for the Physical Educator
Physical Education in the Elementary Grades
Modern Sports Officiating
Sociology/Psychology of Sport
Coaching Practicum
Communication and Business Studies Electives: Students will choose a minimum of 2 courses6
Sports Information
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
Total Credits47-49

Total General Education  39 Hrs
Total Major Requirements  28-30 Hrs
Total Concentration Requirements 27

Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hr

Optional Coursework
students may add the following Spanish concentration as additional coursework for the major
SPAN 1011st Year Spanish I3
SPAN 1021st Year Spanish II3
SPAN 2012nd Year Spanish I3
SPAN 2022nd Year Spanish II3
SPAN 215Spanish Conversation2
Total Credits14

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Plan of Study

First Year
English Composition (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2HPER 2072
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4HPER 2203
Mathematics (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Technology (Gen Ed)3Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501 
 16 15
Second Year
Art and Music (Gen Ed)3BUSI 2143
Directed Elective2Directed Elective3
Graduation Elective3HPER 1093
HPER 2082HPER 2222
Literacies (Gen Ed)3Social Science (Gen Ed)3
PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3 
 16 14
Third Year
Directed Elective3Directed Elective2
Directed Elective2Directed Elective3
Graduation Elective3Graduation Elective3
Graduation Elective3Graduation Elective3
HPER 3502HPER 2093
HPER 3803HPER 2101
 16 15
Fourth Year
Directed Elective2Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
Directed Elective3Directed Elective2
Graduation Elective3Directed Elective2
Graduation Elective3Directed Elective2
Graduation Elective2Graduation Elective3
HPER 4002HPER 4872-4
 15 13-15
Total Credits 120-122

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to use content principles in practical applications concerning aspects of fitness and/or wellness.
  2. Students will be able to related evolving patterns in the American Society and the need for physical activities.
  3. Students will be able to articulate and defend personal perspectives as related to sport.