DEPARTMENT: Health and Human Performance Department
4-YEAR PATHWAY SAMPLE: Graduate in 4 Years
UW-Superior's exercise science program provides the knowledge and skills needed to acquire a position in areas such as health and fitness, and clinical exercise physiology. Further, students are able to lay the groundwork for entrance into graduate school for careers in exercise physiology, athletic training, physical therapy, physicians assistant, or medicine. Students gain basic and advanced knowledge of the structure and function of the human body as well as applied areas such as nutrition, exercise physiology, pathophysiology, and practical experience.
What can you do with a degree in Exercise Science from UW-Superior?
The Exercise Science concentration prepares students to work in the exercise professions including health and fitness, wellness, and clinical exercise physiology (cardiac, pulmonary, and metabolic disease rehab) in a hospital/clinical setting as well as prepares students for graduate school programs such as occupational or physical therapy, exercise physiology or biomedical sciences. Students gain basic and advanced knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, nutrition and health and clinical exercise physiology. They also learn about research methods, leadership, and safety and emergency response skills.
Practical experiences are encouraged through internships and Academic Service-Learning. Students are strongly recommended to earn American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification or other accredited exercise credentials such as National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Exercise Science majors can double major in Physical Education K-12. Student teaching and an internship is required.
The Health and Human Performance Department houses the Kessler Exercise Physiology Laboratory, a state-of-the-art, multifunctional exercise physiology facility, in which students perform research and practice techniques related to their coursework. Under the supervision of the Exercise Physiology Lab Director, HHP Exercise Science students also perform fitness assessments for all incoming UW-Superior freshmen and Marcovich Wellness Center facility members.
The Exercise Science major leads to many health fields. Programs marked with an asterisk (*) are programs which require additional graduate work:
- Exercise Physiology (clinical and nonclinical)
- Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
- Sports Nutrition
- Physician *
- Physical/Occupational Therapy *
- Personal Trainer
- Health and Fitness Educator
- Wellness Director
- Clinical Research Scientist *
- Sports Psychologist *
Work Activities in Exercise Science include:
- educating individuals and organizations about exercise and lifestyle modification to control disease.
- studying acute and chronic physiological adaptation to physical activity.
- helping athletes develop programs to enhance their level of performance.
- conducting exercise programs for health maintenance.
- providing health and fitness evaluation.
- designing personalized exercise prescriptions for individuals or groups.
- offering exercise programing for the elderly.
Examples of employment settings include:
- Outpatient clinics
- Medically supervised fitness centers
- Sports complexes
- School systems
- Public health facilities
- Workplace fitness centers
- Government agencies
- Athletic programs
- Country clubs and resorts
- Centers for Disease Control
Combining a bachelor's degree in exercise science with an advanced credential will prepare students for successful careers as exercise professionals.
* Are programs where you can also earn certification to teach at the K-12, elementary or middle/high school levels.