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Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

A degree in Exercise and Sport Science provides an excellent foundation for a rewarding career in health and fitness and/or graduate studies in the medical sciences.


The Exercise & Sport Science baccalaureate program includes two concentrations. Students must finish one to graduate, though they may complete both.

Exercise Science

In this concentration, 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.

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Fitness Professional

In this concentration, you’ll 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, nutrition education and kinesiology.

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Increase your employment opportunities in health-related fields with an exercise and sport science Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies emphasis.

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Wellness Coaching

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

What is wellness coaching?

Wellness coaching is an emerging profession with roots in applied behavioral science and adult development and has recently embraced positive psychology. Behavioral scientists have shown that one-on-one coaching is among the most effective approaches to helping people make and sustain improvements in their lives. The relationship between a coach and client offers a profound level of support, guidance, and encouragement in making changes without being judgmental. A coach enables change by focusing on a client's stated needs, values, vision, and goals and helping to bring out his or her personal best.

Source: International Coaching Federation (ICF) website.

Which courses are required?

You must be enrolled in a health promotion or exercise and sport science program (for exceptions, contact Dr. Michael Olpin).

  • HLTH 2400 Mind/Body Wellness (3)
  • HLTH 3200 Methods in Health Education (3)
  • HLTH 4700 Wellness Coaching (3)

In these courses, you will:

  • Develop International Coaching Federation (ICF) core coaching competencies
  • Practice and refine your wellness coaching skills, using best practice standards and evidence-based research
  • Prepare for the Wellcoaches/ACSM® course and certification
  • Increase marketable skill sets and competitive edge to meet workplace demands

Contact Dr. Michael Olpin at 801-626-6485 or


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