Liberal Arts and Sciences – Personal Training Concentration


  • Personal Training is a multidisciplinary concentration for students to learn about the personal training profession and an overview of the skills and models commonly utilized by members of the profession. It will provide a strong foundation to sit for various Personal Training Certification exams. The courses will cover anatomy, physiology and biomechanics as it relates to personal training. In addition, nutrition, body composition, weight control and assessment will be covered. Increasingly, health clubs, hospitals, YMCAs, and the similar organizations are seeking trainers with degrees in personal training rather than just certification.

  • An LA1 degree program with a concentration in Personal Training will prepare students to transfer to any 4-year college or university: Queens College: B.S. Nutrition and Exercise Science, York College: B.S. Movement Science: Athletic Training or Coaching and Personal Training, Brooklyn College: B.S. Exercise Science, Lehman College: B.S. Exercise Science

Advisement Notes

To complete a concentration in Personal Training, students must complete the major requirements below:

  • Two Foreign Language courses (two sequential courses are required, level and sequence to be determined by department placement)
  • HI-110 or HI-111 or HI-112 (if already taken in common core, one course from HI-100 series is required; if two History courses have been taken in common core, one additional course from Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology is required)
  • SP-211 (if already taken in common core, one course from HI-100 series is required; if two History courses have been taken in common core, one additional course from PSYC-100 series is required)
  • One English course from EN-200, EN-300, or EN-400 series
  • One science lab. course (students who take STEM variant in common core have satisfied this requirement)

8-9 Credits

  • PE 826 Concepts of Personal Training I (3 cr.)
  • PE 827 Concepts of Personal Training II (3 cr.)
  • Select from:
    • PE 540 Introduction to Physical Fitness (1 cr.)
    • PE 825 Introduction to Exercise Science (3 cr.)
    • HE 110 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (1 cr.)
    • (*PE 416 Weight Lifting if HE101 is taken instead of HE102)

Suggested First Semester

CoursePathways DesignationCredits
HE 101 or 102 Major 1 or 2
EN 101 I.A 3
Math I.B 3
ANTH 101 or SOCY 101 II.D 3
Foreign Language Major 4
PE 400, 500 or Dan 100 Series Major 1

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