A minor in Strength and Conditioning provides a valuable addition to almost any major.  As our country becomes more aware of the growing trends in obesity and mental health issues, doctors are prescribing exercise as a means to alleviate illnesses. With the Fitness Management and Strength and Conditioning programs at Barton, you will gain the knowledge to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), preparing you to work with athletic programs, exercise/fitness centers, corporate fitness programs, wellness programs, and other allied health areas.

Special Features

Recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the curriculum is designed to prepare students for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam, one of the premier certifications in the field of strength and conditioning. Students will be prepared to work with a variety of clients, including athletes from any number of sports; general populations of men, women, and children; older adults; and special populations such as diabetics and cardiac patients.

Course Information

20 semester hours, including:

  • BIO 219 (4) Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • NUR 214 (3) Normal Nutrition
  • PED 350 (3) Kinesiology
  • SPS 212/213 (2) Training Concepts/ Lab
  • SPS 312/313 (2) Program Design and Implementation
  • SPS 420 (3) Exercise Prescription

Career Opportunities

Students with the following majors have previously minored in Strength and Conditioning: Gerontology, Athletic Training, Health and Physical Education, Business Administration, Business Management, and Education.

A minor in Strength and Conditioning, paired with almost any major, can prepare you to open your own fitness facility, work in a physical wellness program with the aging “baby boomer” population, create a strength and conditioning program at a secondary school, or work as a personal trainer. The possibilities are tremendous!