Minor in Aquatics

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The Minor in Aquatics is an undergraduate degree that prepares students to assume responsibilities related to aquatics in many areas. Students are provided knowledge in aquatics-related teaching, administration, and coaching. This minor will prepare students to earn certifications that are now becoming requirements for aquatic-related positions. Following completion, the student would be eligible to earn professional certifications including the American Red Cross Water Safety, Lifeguard Instructor, and others. 

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: On average, it takes 2 years (4 semesters) to complete this minor.  
  • Time Commitment: Full-time or Part-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Rolling admissions  
  • Application Deadline: March 1  
  • Course Requirements: 18 credits 

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Program Details

Students pursuing this minor will need to earn an additional 18 credits of HPA courses (or accepted substitutes) listed in the Plan of Study and will receive a minor advisor to assist in course planning upon acceptance into the program. Many of the courses on the Plan of Study are offered once per year and are prerequisites for latter courses and therefore need to be planned accordingly.  


Degree Requirements

A practicum and internship presents students with the opportunity to demonstrate aquatic related skills in recreational, school, clinical, or private settings. An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for graduation.


There are no specific prerequisites for this degree. Students will be contacted for an interview following the application.  

Career Pathways

  • Director of Aquatics
  • Aquatic Exercise Leader or Instructor
  • United States Swimming/NSCA Swimming Coach

Additional career and professional information may be found on the following links: US Swimming or American Red Cross.