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Exercise & Sport Science

A degree in exercise and sport science, formerly known as human performance management, provides you with an excellent foundation for a rewarding career in health and fitness and/or graduate studies.

What You’ll Learn

You will learn how to help people maintain and enhance their well-being through our fitness professional or exercise science emphasis. Graduates qualify for several different national certifications including, but not limited to: ACE, ACSM, NSCA and NASM.

Fitness Professional

Learn about anatomy and physiology, fitness assessment, exercise programming and implementation, exercise leadership and client education, strength and conditioning and nutrition, while developing skills in activities such as weight lifting, aerobic activities and more. Courses also cover topics like health and nutrition education and kinesiology.

Exercise Science

You’ll learn how exercise and sports impact your health. Courses cover anatomy and physiology, structural kinesiology, biomechanics and clinical exercise physiology. Exercise science explores the science behind fitness, exercise metabolism and overall wellness.

What You Can Do

Graduates go on to a wide range of careers, including:

  • Group exercise and fitness instructors
  • Personal trainers
  • High performance trainers
  • Strength and conditioning coaches
  • Health and nutrition educators
  • Exercise specialists
  • Facility/program managers
  • Wellness and weight management directors
  • Activity coordinators
  • Employee fitness directors
  • Fitness sales representatives
  • Cardiac/pulmonary/cancer rehabilitation clinical exercise physiologists

You’ll also prepare for graduate programs like PT, OT, PA, dental, medical optometry biomechanics, exercise physiology and strength and conditioning.

Degrees
 

Bachelor of Science

Become a fitness and nutrition expert for a rewarding career in the wellness industry.

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Bachelor of Integrated Studies

Increase your employment opportunities in health-related fields with an exercise and sport science BIS emphasis.

Degree Information

Wellness Coaching

WSU students in health promotion or exercise and sport science programs can learn skills to become a certified wellness coach.

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Cooperative Work Experience

All exercise and sport science majors gain practical experience in their field by completing 5 credit hours of cooperative work experience (internships). Your internship experience makes you more appealing to employers, and you can space your credits out during your degree program as you see fit.

Internships