UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

ESS 

Majors & Minors

Exercise and Sport Science Degree

Program Overview

Physical activity is key to human health and sport performance. Exercise and Sport Science majors study how to improve a patient's quality of life through exercise. They also learn to train athletes using the latest scientific advances. 

Highlights of the Exercise and Sport Science Major

  • State-of-the-art facilities, including $63.5 million Falcon Center opening in 2017.

  • An experienced and dynamic professional faculty that teaches evidence-based practices and interacts with students one-on-one.

  • Students gain real-world experience through two practicums at world-renowned facilities like the Mayo Clinic and Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Assess a patient's movement and physical activity in a laboratory setting.
  • Understand the scientific method and key scientific fields as they relate to human physical activity. These include the principles of biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology and physics.
  • Train athletes to perform at their optimal level.
  • Read, critically interpret and integrate the latest scientific literature on the field of exercise and sport science into your practice.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a career in the exercise and sports science field. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers that graduates have found employment or internship opportunities with.

Potential Job Titles

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Hospital or Corporate Wellness Coordinator
  • Clinical Stress Testing Laboratory Technician
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

Employers

  • Hudson Hospital
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Catalyst Sports Medicine
  • Minnesota Department of Public Health
  • McDonough Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Related Programs

Not what you were looking for?
Here are some related programs you may also want to consider:

Clinical Exercise Physiology

Health and Physical Education


Employment of exercise physiologists is projected to grow

11%

from 2014 to 2024, faster than
the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau
of Labor Statistics.