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Bachelor of Arts in Wellness

Become an Expert on Health and Wellness

Health and wellness impact all areas of one’s life — from strength and ability to fight off disease to focus, performance and overall sense of satisfaction. In response, both individuals and organizations now invest in health and wellness initiatives, be it from strategic training to addressing nutrition, burnout and sleep quality.

The University of Texas at Tyler’s Bachelor of Arts in wellness degree holistically examines the expanding field and equips you to educate others through multiple channels. With this knowledge, prepare to advocate for and create health and wellness programming in East Texas or promote lifestyle changes in a writing, corporate or coaching role.

Why Major in Wellness at UT Tyler?

Make an impact on your community through a career in corporate wellness, health and wellness program management, health coaching, sports or wellness journalism, or another related profession.

Our program’s strengths include:

  • Exceptional Facilities: Through the Louise Herrington Patriot Center, access more than 127,000 square feet of laboratories, classrooms, a gym, an indoor walking/jogging track, free weight areas and an outdoor therapeutic pool.
  • Expert Faculty: Our professors contribute to the broader discussion around wellness through articles for the “Journal of the National Medical Association,” “Medicine and Science in Sports” and “Exercise and the Journal of Community Health,” among other publications.
  • Mentoring: Be mentored by highly skilled Department of Health and Kinesiology faculty, who aim to support and guide future professionals.
  • Internships: Gain valuable hands-on experience working with skilled practitioners in the community.
  • Undergraduate Research: Complete research-focused projects to enhance your learning while working side-by-side with dedicated faculty who care about your success.


Learn to create effective wellness strategies and programs to improve health. Begin to understand health promotion and evidence-based practice from a cross-disciplinary scientific foundation.

Lower-division requirements include:

  • Foreign Language Study (6 hours)
  • Fundamentals of Exercise Science
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Medical Terminology
  • Personal and Community Wellness

Wellness core courses include:

  • Aging and Physical Performance
  • Behavioral Health
  • Consumer Health
  • Fitness Assessment Skills
  • Motor Development
  • Principles of Community and Public Health
  • Stress Management

Develop your expertise further with an optional minor in entrepreneurship, management, marketing, psychology, Spanish, sports communication, speech communications or another program approved by your advisor.

Wellness Major Requirements

What Can You Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Wellness?

Embark on a career empowering others through an intersection of fitness, health, wellness and lifestyle habits.

Nearly all BA in wellness graduates find work in their chosen fields soon after graduation or pursue graduate studies related to physical education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training or medicine. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 12% greater demand for health education specialists and community health workers through 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

How to Apply

The University of Texas at Tyler offers a streamlined admissions process for all undergraduate students. Have questions or concerns? Our admissions team can guide you through all requirements and answer any questions you may have. Reflecting our reputation as one of the most affordable colleges in the state, our financial aid team helps you explore all scholarships, grants and other forms of assistance.

For admissions decisions in general:

  • UT Tyler automatically accepts students from the Top 25% of graduating classes in Texas.
  • Students from the 2nd to 4th quartiles must have a 2.75 or higher GPA.

Ready to apply? Review all undergraduate requirements to get started.

Start Your Application

UT Tyler has established partnerships with community colleges across Texas, allowing for a seamless transfer of your credits. Our relationships let you stick with your degree plan and graduate on time, right on your schedule.

Learn More About Transfer Pathways

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

July 1

ApplyTexas application opens for incoming first-year students.

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens for the upcoming academic year.

December 1

Application deadline to be eligible for scholarships.

May 1

Deadline for Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Transfer Presidential scholarships.

August 1

Deadline for Patriot Promise Scholarship.

Next Steps

Get started on the path to helping others. Discover all the places a wellness degree from UT Tyler can take you.