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Physical Activity and Well-BeingMajor

This hands-on program is specifically designed for students who are passionate about physical activity and health by preparing them for the fast-growing industry of fitness and wellness.

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This unique bachelor's program can be completed in three years, including two summer sessions.


What is Physical Activity and Well-Being at WVU like?


This unique degree program focuses on the importance of regular physical activity in promoting health, reducing risk for chronic disease and improving quality of life.

In the Physical Activity and Well-being major, you will complete specialized training in movement sciences, personal training and physical activity instruction and choose an area of emphasis in adventure and outdoor learning, aquatics, recreational sport or well-being.

This major is ideal for the hands-on learner as it allows you to customize your degree toward the instruction of specialized forms of physical activity ranging from personal training to aquatic facilities management to adventure sports. The plan of study focuses on the health-related outcomes associated with physical activity throughout the lifespan. The related courses and hands-on learning experiences are taught from social and behavioral perspectives, preparing graduates to work with a diverse range of clients from youth to older adults in a growing, global industry.

Physical Activity and Well-Being program highlights:

At a Glance

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Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Adventure and Outdoor Learning (BA)
  • Aquatic Physical Activity (BA)
  • Coaching Well-Being (BA)
  • Recreational Sport (BA)

Fast Facts

What makes Physical Activity and Well-Being at WVU unique?

Accelerated Master's Program

Physical Activity and Well-Being offers the option to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in an accelerated time frame.

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Students in this major have the opportunity to exclusively partner with the Student Recreation Center for internships.
  • This program was designed to prepare students for a fast-growing industry by developing a custom curriculum that cannot be replicated by any other major on campus.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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Student Organizations

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Professional Organizations

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

You will graduate with a minimum of three internships, which certainly will set you apart in the job market. You will be prepared to develop and lead physical activity programs in community, recreational, campus, commercial and resort settings.

If you wish to pursue graduate education, the accelerated bachelor’s degree option can be very cost-effective and time-efficient. The accelerated pathway can be completed in three years, including summer coursework.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Physical Activity and Well-Being major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


What are the courses like in Physical Activity and Well-Being at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Physical Activity and Well-Being major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Cost and Aid

How much does Physical Activity and Well-Being at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2019-20 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $402
Per Semester $4,824
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,648
Per Credit $1,091
Per Semester $13,092
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,184
Per Credit $1,091
Per Semester $13,392
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,784
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Physical Activity and Well-Being at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Physical Activity and Well-Being major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Next Steps

I like this major. What are the next steps?

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