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Health & Physical Education - This  program is a blended major that is designed to make graduates more marketable. By combining the health education and physical education majors into one single major, graduates can obtain licensure in both areas. This change also allows students to take less time to complete the program and will ensure students are more prepared once they enter the teaching field. It also allows for a pre K-12 teacher certification.

Exercise and Sport Science - This program is designed for students who seek careers in a broad range of areas related to exercise and sport science, including: cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, personal training, sport management, corporate wellness center, coaching, physical and occupational therapy and health promotion. The program prepares students who plan to continue their education at the graduate level in any kinesiology sub-discipline (athletic training, biomechanics, cardiac rehabilitation, sport management, sport psychology). Upon graduation students are required to take the ACSM or NSCA certification exam.


Adapted Physical Education - The adapted physical education minor is a 20-credit minor for students seeking teacher certification to meet the needs of students with disabilities within physical education. This is an add-on certification for comprehensive pre K-12 physical education majors only. It is not a stand alone minor for students from any other major.

Coaching - The athletic coaching minor is a 24-credit minor which prepares students to enter the world of athletic coaching. Students are required to take a science-based core of 18-credits and 6-credits of coaching theory, culminating in a 3-credit coaching practicum.

Health Education - The health education minor is a 23-credit minor which can lead to teacher certification if combined with a certifiable major. Non-education majors can minor in health education-liberal arts, which would prepare them to work in the area of health promotion and risk reduction.

Outdoor Education - The outdoor education minor provides a series of challenging outdoor experiences that develop personal skills in outdoor adventure activities, prepares the student to teach these activities, and develops the leadership skills to work with groups in outdoor adventure programs. Students learn wilderness backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, winter camping, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, high ropes challenge courses, group initiative challenge activities and orienteering.

ADA Accommodations

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls welcomes students with disabilities into the university's educational programs and activities. Students with disability-related needs for reasonable accommodations should contact Ability Services.

Information for Transfer Students

To preserve the quality of programs and provide accessibility to classes within the Health and Human Performance Department, admission for all transfer students will be closely regulated. Find more information about the application process.