Wellness Foundations*

The wellness foundations concentration is for students interested developing a greater understanding of the behavioral, psychological, social, cultural and environmental factors that impact personal wellness behaviors, healthy lifestyles and disease prevention to assist them in developing enhanced personal wellness. This course of study does not prepare students to pursue national certifications for professional practice in fields of study related to health, fitness and wellness.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Elective courses must be selected from the approved list of electives available in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.
  • M - Course transfer equivalent available from Maricopa County Community College District, details are provided on the Transfer Information tab.

Core 15 Hours

EXW 100 Introduction to Health and Wellness, SB (3) (Credit is allowed for only EXW, HSC or KIN 100)
EXW 325 Fitness for Life (3) (Prerequisites: ENG 101; minimum 30 earned hours) (Required)
EXW 380 Body Image and Wellness (Prerequisites: PSY 101 (PGS 101) with C or better; Minimum 30 hours)  (Required)
HCD 210 Cultural Aspects of Health, C (3) (Required)
HCD 300 Complementary Healthcare (3) (Prerequisites: Minimum 56 hours) (Required)


Electives 3 Hours Required
Courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor and from the approved list of electives available in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.

It is recommended that students select an upper division elective, if a lower division elective is selected, students will be required to enroll in an additional upper division elective from the list in order to complete the required 12 hours of upper division courses.

EXW 344 Physical Activity in Health and Disease (3)
NTR 348 Cultural Aspects of Food (3)
EXW 350 Substance Abuse and Addictive Behavior (3) (Prerequisites: BIO 201; BIO 202; PGS 101)
EXW 400 Stress Management for Wellness (3) (Prerequisites: BIO 202; PGS 101; 45 minimum hours)
NTR 345 Development of Healthy Cuisines (3)
NTR 353 The Western Diet: Food, History, and Sustainability (3)


All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.






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