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Exercise Science - Online Degree

Earn an Exercise Science Degree Online at UW-Superior

faculty and student in physiology laboratoryUW-Superior's Exercise Science concentration in Physical Education is a broad based program that provides students interested in pursuing or completing a 4 year degree focused on the structure and function of the human body, nutrition, health and clinical exercise physiology the opportunity to pursue it in an online format.

Students can utilize this degree to gain entrance to preprofessional schools such as chiropractic, physical or occupational therapy or acquire a variety of jobs including but not limited to adult fitness or cardiac rehabilitation. 

Individuals interested in completing a Bachelor's degree who are already in the work force are encouraged to apply to this program. Nurses, policemen, firefighters, health care employees are excellent candidates for this program.

Exercise Science Career Opportunities

The Exercise Science concentration is ideal preparation for careers in clinical exercise physiology, which includes cardiac, pulmonary, and metabolic disease rehabilitation in a hospital or clinical setting.

It also serves as excellent preparation for graduate school allied health programs such as occupational or physical therapy, exercise science or biomedical sciences.

As an exercise science major, you can choose an online minor in Health (Liberal Arts), Psychology, or Communications to enhance career opportunities. For a complete list of minors, click here.

The Exercise Science major prepares you to work in these and other health fields:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Dietetics/Sports Nutrition
  • Medicine
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy
  • Personal Training
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Clinical Research
  • Medical, Fitness and Sports Equipment Sales
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports Equipment Design


Here are some examples of what exercise science majors do in their jobs:

•    Educate individuals and organizations about exercise and lifestyle modification to control disease

•    Study acute and chronic physiological adaptation to physical activity

•    Help athletes develop programs to enhance their level of performance

•    Conduct exercise programs for health maintenance

•    Provide health and fitness evaluation

•    Design personalized exercise prescriptions for individuals or groups

•    Conduct stress tests in private cardiology clinics and hospitals

Exercise Science Graduate Employment Fields

Employment Settings for exercise science majors:

  • Government agencies
  • Athletic programs
  • Country clubs and resorts
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Health and Fitness Educator
  • Coaching
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Medically supervised fitness centers
  • Sports complexes
  • School systems
  • Public health facilities
  • Workplace fitness centers

Exercise Science Online Program Details 

  • This major requires a minor. We offer a variety of minors students may choose from within the Health and Human Performance Department. Students thinking about graduate school should consider creating an Individually Designed Minor to fulfill pre-requisites for graduate admissions.

  • Credit for Prior Learning. The courses listed below can be completed by gaining a certification and receiving credit for prior learning. A one-time  administrative fee of $100.00 is required to receive credit for the following courses (see attached form):

  • HLTH 158: Responding to Emergencies and Safety Education, 2 credits (Required certifications: American Red Cross certification for CPR-Adult and Child, First Aid, and AED)

  • HHP 403 Personal Trainer, 2 credits (Required certification: Personal Trainer through any NCCA-approved agency)

  • HHP 312 Aquatic Safety, 1 credit (Required certification: American Red Cross Lifeguard or Shallow Water Attendant)


  • HHP 413: Water Safety Instructor, 2 credits (Required certification: American Red Cross WSI)
  • Activity Courses & HHP 203 - Transfer Credit. Activity courses as well as HHP 203 may be taken at a junior college or university and transferred in to UW-Superior. Local students may also take these courses on campus. HHP 203 does not count as an activity class.

  • HHP 264/265 Lab. Students thinking about graduate school should be aware that our online HHP 264/265 courses include an online/virtual lab. Students needing a hands-on lab for graduate school admission can either look into taking BIO 270/280 on campus, or they can transfer in these credits from another university.

  • HHP 282 & HHP 363 - On-Campus Requirement. Students are required to take HHP 282 and HHP 363 on campus. These courses are scheduled in the summer and are lab-based courses which require a hands-on experience. HHP 264/265 are prerequisites for HHP 282 and HHP 363.

  • HHP 337 - Practicum. HHP 337 will be offered through Distance Learning. Students will be required to complete a fieldwork experience for practicum credit. Each student and their advisor will agree upon the location for implementation of this course. The standard duration is three days a week for eight weeks or two days a week for 12 weeks.


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