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Explore the exercise science bachelor's degree program at UW-Eau Claire

Explore careers in personal training, health promotion, and fitness and health management with a bachelor's degree in exercise science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The growing major will prepare you for success in a variety of fields, including those related to worksite wellness, performance training, recreation, coaching, sport science and community health education.

Curriculum within the exercise science program is designed to provide you with a strong understanding of human anatomy and its relationship to human movement. Through real-world, experiential learning, you'll gain expertise in areas like exercise physiology, biomechanics and motor development. Unique coursework, presentations and projects will keep you up to date on the industry's latest techniques, recommendations and best practices. 

Professional development is a key focus of the major. Prior to graduation, you will complete a capstone experience, which requires you to lead and participate in professional discussions, present a project and develop your portfolio. A six-credit, 400-hour exercise science internship will challenge you to integrate and apply what you've learned in the classroom to a real-world, professional setting. These career-preparation courses not only provide you with firsthand professional experience but also give you the expertise and confidence to pursue your goals. 

With expert faculty from a variety of backgrounds and countless opportunities to learn outside the classroom, an exercise science bachelor's degree from UWEC will prepare you well for your chosen career. Graduates go on to motivate, inspire and empower others to make healthy choices in every aspect of their lives.

Exercise science degree scholarships

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation is pleased to provide incoming and current Blugolds with scholarship opportunities to help them pay for college. Specific scholarships are reserved for those seeking an exercise science degree. For example, the Mary Mero Scholarship awards $1,000 to an exercise science major pursuing an internship in the field.

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible. 
  
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your exercise science degree.  
 
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Quick facts

Exercise science program details
  • Program length: four years
  • Availability: campus
  • This major does not require a minor.
Student organizations
  • Kinesiology Club
  • Students of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE)

Exercise science bachelor’s degree program highlights

Excellent career preparation. Coursework within the exercise science program prepares students for professional certification in the fields of health, fitness, disease management, or strength and conditioning. Students typically pursue certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine or American Council on Exercise. 

Convenient resources. The kinesiology digital library, available to anyone studying kinesiology, houses a collection of images, strength-training videos, general movement videos and vodcasts to help you better understand human movement and injury. You can also take advantage of the university's gyms, tracks, courts and other recreation facilities.

Innovative facilities. Take your studies to the field — literally. The McPhee Physical Education Center is an outstanding facility with three regulation-sized hardwood courts, a competition-size swimming pool, a 30-foot climbing wall, a wresting room, an indoor 200-meter track, seven racquetball courts, a spacious weight-training and fitness center and group-exercise classrooms. Outdoor facilities include a 400-meter track, football field, tennis courts, and jogging and fitness trails.

Research opportunities. A new master collaborative research agreement between UW-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System provides unique research opportunities for exercise science majors. Previous students have gone on to submit their findings to scholarly journals, like the International Journal of Research in Exercise Physiology — a peer-reviewed journal founded for the purpose of publishing undergraduate student research and providing undergraduates with valuable experience in the peer-review and publication process.

Connection to local employers. Meeting potential employers and gaining a better understanding of the different types of careers available to you is a critical component of all kinesiology programs. To help you explore career paths, we host an annual Nursing and Health Care Professional Fair, an on-campus career fair specific for those looking to enter the healthcare field. This event is an excellent opportunity to make connections and submit your resume for current and future job openings.

What jobs can you get with an exercise science degree from UWEC?

Typical job responsibilities for graduates with an exercise science degree include personal training at fitness centers; performance training for athletes and teams; promoting worksite wellness; conducting research related to kinesiology; and leading exercise programs at hospitals, gyms or nursing homes. The program is also excellent preparation for graduate school and is an ideal major for those wishing to pursue a master's degree in athletic training. 

As an exercise science student, you'll find that UWEC's strong partnerships with local schools, fitness centers, healthcare providers and other health organizations connect you directly with internship and job opportunities, giving you an advantage over other applicants. Graduates are also prepared for a variety of professional and national certifications, which are required for some career paths. 

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Exercise science bachelor's degree program curriculum

Varied and comprehensive courses within the exercise science program will help you to learn the foundational concepts associated with physical activity, fitness and health — and how they all relate to exercise prescription and programming. Flexible electives allow you to expand your studies in areas that interest you, including nutrition, business, environmental public health and psychology. Opportunities to make valuable connections by working with the Community Fitness, Homeschool Physical Education, PRIDE (Physical activity and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities in the Eau Claire area) and Cancer Recovery and Fitness outreach programs also are available to you.

Those wishing to declare a pre-athletic training career path may find that majoring in exercise science is an excellent fit.

Classes for exercise science majors may include:

Learn more about the comprehensive exercise science major in the UWEC course catalog

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