Follow a career path that lets you share your interest in enhancing health, fitness, mental well-being, and quality of life with a degree in health and human performance. Tailor your degree with an emphasis in exercise science, health promotion-wellness, or physical education. Explore topics such as the physiology of exercise, nutrition, Kinesiology, health promotion and education, fitness programming and prescription, physical education and more.
Facilities, including a state-of-the-art exercise science room, offer opportunities for hands-on experience and research projects.
Choose how your degree will best suit your needs by selecting an area of emphasis.
The exercise science emphasis can help change the face of health outcomes and health care for others. You’ll be prepared for advanced studies research or graduate school in programs such as Kinesiology, athletic training, clinical exercise physiology, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.
In the exercise science emphasis, you will explore the topics of exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning, and more. This emphasis allows for opportunities for undergraduate research along with access to the biochemistry lab, dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scanner, and metabolic cart testing.
Advocate for the development of positive health behaviors and facilitate preventative health care in private, corporate, or public wellness settings with an emphasis in health promotion-wellness. This emphasis will allow you to pursue a career in cardiac rehabilitation, community or corporate health, strength and conditioning coaching, or personal training.
In the health promotion-wellness emphasis you will participate in campus outreach initiatives in group fitness, participate in small group weight room training, and teach general nutrition and performance seminars. Off campus internships will allow for real world experience in designing, implementing, and conducting programs from beginning to end.
Become a teacher in the fields of physical education, health education, and/or adapted physical education by selecting an emphasis in physical education. Prior to student teaching, you will observe area classes as well as practice teaching in activities such as team/individual sport/adventure wellness days with a variety of grades at local schools, the on-campus Children's Center teachings, health and physical education lessons at local schools, conferences, homeschool physical education programs, and more.
The comprehensive licensure includes K-12 physical education, health education, and adaptive physical education. The adaptive physical education component will allow you to engage with students from the Wisconsin School of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Activities include goal ball (a Paralympic sport), orienteering/geocaching, track and field, biking, blind disc golf, and archery, among others. You will also have the opportunity to provide swimming lessons to students with disabilities from local schools as well as volunteer opportunities with the Special Olympics.