Online Exercise and Wellness Bachelor's Degree Programs

If you are interested in exercise as it relates to physical health and mental well-being, you might want to earn a bachelor's degree in exercise and wellness. Read about courses, programs and career options. Schools offering Exercise Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Courses Will I Take in an Exercise and Wellness Bachelor's Degree Program?

Many programs take a multi-faceted approach to this degree by requiring you to take a variety of courses on topics ranging from exercise to business. The courses in these programs examine contemporary health topics from a holistic perspective in order to provide you with a scientific, mental and spiritual understanding of health, exercise and wellness.

Some programs also emphasize the business side of the wellness industry to prepare you for potential careers in administrative or management positions. The course topics you may explore in this program include the following:

  • Supplements and vitamins
  • Nutrition and diet
  • Health and wellness
  • Alternative medicine
  • Human anatomy
  • Medical terminology
  • Sports psychology
  • Sales and marketing
  • Business ethics

Common Course Topics Nutrition and diet, alternative medicine, medical terminology, sports psychology, business ethics
Online Availability Fully online and hybrid options are available; in-person internships or exercise labs may be required
Work Settings Health companies, gyms, hospitals, exercise studios, doctors' offices
Career Options Athletic coach, personal trainer, group exercise leader, health educator, gym or health center owner
Median Salary (2018) $47,510 (for all athletic trainers)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 23% growth (for all athletic trainers)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How Do the Online Components of These Programs Work?

Some programs can be completed entirely online. Others limit the number of online courses you can take to complete your degree. Some schools may require you to participate in an internship or an exercise lab on campus or at another location.

In an online program, you will meet with your instructors and fellow students on your course's website. Your course website will usually have a syllabus, list of assignments, discussion board, e-mail list and any other pertinent information. Many instructors schedule online chats where they will provide lectures or answer your questions as you work your way through the course's materials.

Some online courses, or programs, will allow you to work on your own time, completing the program as quickly or slowly as you wish. Other programs have a stricter schedule with specific times and dates. All online courses will require you to have access to a computer, a reliable Internet connection and an e-mail account. Some courses will require you to purchase textbooks or other materials.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

With this degree, you can pursue jobs at gyms, exercise studios, hospitals or health companies. You could work as a personal trainer, group exercise leader or athletic coach. You may be able to find a position at a doctor's office or as a health educator in community, corporate or private settings. You could also take an entrepreneurial path and become the owner of a gym or health center.

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