Academic Catalog and Handbooks

2023-2024 Edition

Exercise and Health Science

Department Chair: Donald Fischer

Faculty: Eric Belt, Kathryn Cardwell, Donald Fischer, Trista Olson, Emily Willaert

Instructors: Jeremy Karger-Gatzow, Eric Kohn, Erin Ross, Justin Rost

Exercise science is a broad discipline that examines the biological, mechanical, sociocultural, and behavioral aspects of human movement with primary application to human health, exercise, and sport performance. Students completing the Exercise and Health Science degree will study how and why humans engage in and respond to physical activity through an academic skills-based curriculum that promotes ethical, client-centered, and evidence-based decision making. Through integrative and interdisciplinary courses, rich undergraduate research experiences, and meaningful internship and service opportunities, students gain valuable real-world experience and practice the skills necessary to function effectively as exercise and health professionals.

The Exercise and Health Science program prepares students for a variety of careers or graduate study in exercise or health related fields. Examples of careers Exercise and Health Science majors may pursue include strength and conditioning, personal training, coaching, and corporate wellness. In addition, Exercise and Health Science majors may pursue a post-graduate education in fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, medicine, clinical exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, and public health. Students should consult with their department advisor to select courses most appropriate for their intended career or graduate education.


The Exercise Science and Sport Studies Department is committed to the process of academic assessment as a method to enhance student learning and assure achievement of the learning outcomes. Each learning outcome is introduced in the first or second year, reinforced multiple times in subsequent courses, and directly assessed as part of the capstone course. Formative assessment of each learning outcome is administered at least once to provide students feedback on their progress toward achieving the learning outcome. Surveys of senior students and graduates provide an indirect assessment of student learning and achievement of the learning outcomes.