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Exercise Science and Wellness



The B.S. degree in Exercise Science & Wellness is intended primarily for those seeking a career in preventative and/or rehabilitative medicine. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has provided a four-page brochure on Careers in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science.

In the area of preventative medicine, graduates are receiving employment in:

  • Corporate Wellness Programs
  • Hospital and Medical Center Wellness Programs
  • University-Based Wellness Programs
  • Wellness Counseling Groups, Health/Fitness Organizations
  • YMCA/YWCA
  • Community Centers
  • Commercial Fitness/Wellness Centers
  • Wellness Focused Organizations

Primary responsibilities may include:

  • Health/fitness screening
  • Writing exercise prescriptions
  • Teaching all facets of aerobics and weight training
  • Nutrition/weight loss programming
  • Stress management
  • Smoking cessation

In the area of rehabilitative medicine, graduates are receiving employment in the areas of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine (i.e. Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Orthopedic Rehabilitation). The primary responsibility in rehabilitative medicine is to engage in lifestyle modifications and physical improvements to enhance the lives of those who have experienced an anatomical or physiological setback.

Included in the 128-semester-hour degree program is a minor area of study requirement. Minors may be selected from a variety of offerings including, but not limited to, gerontology, psychology, nutrition, business, computer science, and technology. A six hour (200 clock hours) practicum is also required of all ESW majors. Students are encouraged to select a setting (preventative or rehabilitative) for the practicum that is representative of the direction they want their career to move. A number of students in the ESW program have received full-time employment at their practicum site following graduation.

In order to track your progress toward graduation, review the

  1. Program Checklist 2013-15 Clinical Concentration Human Performance Concentration
  2. Program Checklist 2011-13
  3. Program Checklist 2009-11
  4. Program Checklist 2007-09
  5. Program Checklist 2006-07
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