Exercise Science

Delivery Method: On-Campus, Online
Type: Concentration of Physical Education

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UW-Superior’s exercise science program provides the knowledge and skills to prepare you for a successful career in clinical exercise physiology, health and fitness fields. The program also lays the groundwork for entrance into graduate school for careers in exercise physiology, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant and many other allied health careers. Program coursework provides basic and advanced knowledge of the structure and function of the human body as well as applied areas such as exercise physiology, pathophysiology, kinesiology and motor learning. Hands-on experiential learning is woven into coursework throughout the program.

Unique Opportunities

  • Students are encouraged to take advantage of experiential learning opportunities such as internships and Academic Service-Learning. We recommend students earn NCCA-approved certifications and training from accredited organizations, such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE), among others.
  • Exercise Science majors can double major and also receive a degree in Public Health. An internship that aligns with career goals is required.
  • The Health and Human Performance Department houses the Kessler Exercise Physiology Laboratory, a multifunctional exercise physiology lab where students learn and perform research and practice techniques related to their coursework and career goals.

The professors are all very knowledgeable in the subjects they specialize in, and they do a great job of providing different ways of learning the material. Also, there are a lot of hands-on learning opportunities throughout the program.

Dante Bender, Exercise Science


The exercise science major leads to many health-related professional positions. Those marked with an asterisk (*) require additional graduate work:

  • Exercise Physiology*
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation*
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation*
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Physician’s Assistant *
  • Physician *
  • Physical Therapy *
  • Occupational Therapy *
  • Personal Trainer
  • Health and Fitness Educator
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Athletic Coach
  • Wellness Director
  • Clinical Research Scientist *
  • Sports Psychologist *

Typical exercise science work activities include:

  • Educating individuals and organizations about exercise and lifestyle modification to control disease and illness
  • Studying acute and chronic physiological adaptation to physical activity
  • Studying physiological adaptations to aging
  • 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 programming for seniors
  • Assisting or leading rehabilitation in cardiovascular, pulmonary or orthopedic settings

Employment settings include:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Medically supervised fitness centers
  • Sports complexes
  • School systems
  • Public health facilities
  • Workplace wellness centers
  • Government agencies
  • Athletic programs
  • Country clubs and resorts
  • Centers for Disease Control

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