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Why Study Exercise and Sport Science?

Physical activity is key to human health. As an exercise and sport science major, you’ll learn how to assess health and performance and improve outcomes, whether you’re training athletes using the latest scientific advances or improving a patient or client’s quality of life through exercise.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • 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, including the principles of biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology and physics.
  • Train athletes to perform at optimal levels.
  • Critically interpret and integrate the latest scientific literature and research into practice.


Types of Courses

  • Aerobic Leadership
  • Applied Research Methods in Exercise & Sport Science
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Human Physiology
  • Motor Learning & Development
  • Nutrition
  • Scientific Principles of Conditioning
  • Sport, Fitness and Recreation Management
  • Weight Training

“When applying for a job or graduate program, one crucial aspect they look for is how much experience you have in your field. UWRF does an amazing job making sure you get plenty of experience and putting you in a great position once you graduate.”

- McKenzie Cota, exercise and sport science major

Potential Careers

After graduation, some students attend graduate school while others are prepared for potential roles such as:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical/Occupational Therapist
  • Public Health Manager
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Worksite/Hospital/Corporate Wellness Promoter or Coordinator