Fitness/Sport Science Minor

Fitness/Sports Science minors will understand the components of fitness through various forms.

You will learn the basics of fitness as well as the different attributes that make it important in our society. You will learn about testing, conditioning programs, risk factor analysis and more. You will also learn about the science of fitness and its mathematical features.

You are encouraged to explore an area of Fitness/Sports Science that you are interested in.

Benefits of a Fitness/Sports Science Minor

  • Understand the basics of fitness and sports management
  • Know the different principles that make up the Fitness and Sports Science and how they are related

Fitness/Sports Science Minor Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

The Fitness/Sports Science minor is offered by the Department of Health, Human Movement, & Sport.

Required Courses:

Code Course Credits

AHS 2150

Designs for Fitness

This course investigates the basic components of fitness. Topics include: fitness assessment testing, individualized exercise prescriptions, team conditioning programs, risk factor analysis and chronic disease prevention, behavior modification, nutrition and weight control, body composition analysis, hydration and heat illness prevention, physiological effects of training and overtraining.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee Fee $15

Every semester


PED 2070


This course introduces the student to a variety of activities including speed and agility drills, strength training, circuits and cardiovascular training.


PED 2140

Fitness Center Management

This course is designed to explore and analyze current management practices in public, private, and corporate fitness centers. Topics to be considered include assessment practices, facility design, planning marketing, organizational aspects, and evaluation. Additionally, a review of certifications through various professional organizations and job opportunities will be discussed.

Prerequisite: Current CPR certification or permission of the instructor



PED 2160

Emergency Care and Personal Safety

Emergency Care is an American Red Cross Emergency Response Course based on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) 1995 First Responder: National Standards Curriculum. This course will provide the participant essential information for developing the functional first aid capabilities of a first responder. As a crucial link in the EMS system, first responders evaluate and treat patients until more advanced medical help can arrive. This course does not provide state licensure for ambulance personnel.

Fee Fee $35

Every semester


PED 2210

Physical Methods of Stress Management

Every semester, 7 week course


PED 4020

Applied Nutrition and Weight Control

Principles of human nutrition, the metabolism of nutrients during rest and exercise modes; the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and vitamins during rest and exercise; the role of exercise in the energy balance system for weight control; a study of various fad diets for weight control; and the concepts of overweight and obesity will be studied. An individualized project will be included.

Prerequisite: BIO 2012 or consent of instructor.



AHS 2170

Strength Training Principles

Strength Training Principles is a course designed to develop the student’s knowledge in the techniques and theories of strength training. Focus will be on proper lifting technique and safety. Secondary attention will be devoted to designing strength-training programs. This is an activity class and participation is mandatory.

Every semester


Total credits required: 17 cr