Kinesiology (Human Performance emphasis)
The Human Performance program is the largest emphasis within the Department of Kinesiology and currently serves over 300 undergraduate students. You will gain in-depth knowledge in your field as you select from four areas of specialization: fitness management, health promotion, sport performance and pre-professional study.
Facilities for hands-on work
UW-Eau Claire’s Exercise Physiology Lab is a research facility where students gain hands-on experience evaluating human performance and researching fitness and performance. The Kinesiology department is dedicated to providing hands-on work that sets you apart from other graduates. The Physiology lab is expanding in size and serves undergraduates – with a commitment to undergraduate level research.
Committed to the community
The Community Fitness Program allows undergraduate students to work in an adult fitness program each semester. The program attracts members of the Eau Claire community who are looking to begin a physical activity program. Students are responsible for working with clients in the areas of Needs Assessment, Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation.
The coursework in the Human Performance program will prepare you for professional certification in the field of health, fitness, disease management, or strength and conditioning. Students typically will pursue
certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine, or American Council on Exercise. Our graduates have achieved a nearly 100% pass rate for these various national certification exams.
Students are required to complete an internship for the major, and UW-Eau Claire kinesiology students are competitive for many national internships. The most popular sites for internships include fitness centers, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and chiropractic centers.
Research for every studentThe Journal of Undergraduate Kinesiology Research is a peer reviewed journal founded for the purpose of publishing undergraduate student research and to provide undergraduate students with valuable experience in the peer-review and publication process. Senior Kinesiology/ Human Performance majors are required to complete a research project, and outstanding research is submitted by faculty to national scholarly journals.
- Science of Coaching
- Adaptive Physical
Suggested freshman curriculum
Courses taken freshman year will depend on which emphasis you’ve chosen.
Those taken by all the emphases include:
– Concepts in Kinesiology
– Intro to College Writing
– Anatomical Kinesiology
– Physical Science
– Human Nutrition
– General Chemistry
– Finite Mathematics with
– General electives
More advising information
Accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and for the education emphasis- Department of Public Instruction.
Typical jobs for graduates in this field include personal training at fitness centers, performance training for athletes and teams, research positions, worksite/health promotion positions and therapists in cardiac rehabilitation. Many students choose to continue their education in this field.
More career information
Places you’ll find recent graduates:
- Wellness Coach,
Eau Claire, WI
- Personal Trainer/Group
The Marsh, Minnetonka, MN
- Research Assistant,
University of Colorado
Health Sciences Center,
- Exercise Physiologist,
- Fitness Instructor,
Department contact information
[Did you know?]UW-Eau Claire has partnered with internship sites across the U.S. You could go to:
- Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix, AZ
- Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX
- Health Fitness Corporation in Minneapolis , MN
- Land’s End Comer Health and Fitness Center in Dodgeville, WI
- Lifetime Fitness in Minneapolis, MN
- Luther Midelfort Hospital in Eau Claire, WI
- Med X of Estes in Estes Park, CO
- U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO
- Train 4 the Game in Austin, TX
We are recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (MSCA) for certified strength and conditioning.
Admission requirements- G.P.A. 2.75
- individual performances in 3 classes: Kins 304, 308, 309
- resume and application
- students can apply during sophomore year
- 40% is G.P.A., 24% outside requirements, 36% is performance