Those with a passion for exercise and health can help optimize people's lives with the BS program in exercise and wellness.
In the BS in exercise and wellness degree program, students develop strong foundational knowledge in exercise physiology, functional anatomy, kinesiological principles, the psychological aspects of physical activity, and electrocardiology. They develop expertise in health, exercise and fitness testing through hands-on experience in labs with state-of-the-art exercise, metabolic and cardiopulmonary equipment.
Upper-division and special topics courses dive deeper into the physiology and exercise prescription for those with chronic cardiovascular, metabolic or neuromuscular conditions, preparing students to prevent, treat or reverse many of these conditions.
Students gain the knowledge necessary for passing NCCA-accredited certifications for exercise physiology and for pursuing Level 2 Exercise Is Medicine credentialing by the American College of Sports Medicine.
The Bachelor of Science in exercise and wellness can also be a springboard into medical school or professional graduate programs in fields such as physical therapy and occupational therapy.
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Exercise and Wellness, BS
- Offered by: College of Health Solutions
- Location: Downtown
- First Required Math Course: MAT 170 - Precalculus
- Math Intensity: Moderate
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This degree program prepares students to become exercise physiologists, an occupation with a faster than average growth rate according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Exercise physiologists promote, design and deliver evidence-based exercise programs to improve outcomes for clients with cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic or neuromuscular conditions and those with developmental or physical disabilities.
Graduates may work as exercise physiologists in cardiac rehab, clinical exercise specialists, exercise scientists, or weight management consultants; these are just a few options from among many career paths.
Graduates of this program may pursue employment in locations such as:
- cardiac rehabilitation facilities
- corporate wellness firms
- health care agencies and medical centers
- lifestyle and weight management consulting firms
- medical fitness centers
- nonprofit disease prevention agencies (e.g., American Heart Association)
- outpatient fitness centers
- university fitness and wellness centers
Specialty areas may include:
- bariatric weight loss (counseling and pre- or post-surgery fitness training)
- cancer patient exercise specialist
- cardiac rehabilitation
- corporate fitness and worksite wellness
- exercise and weight counseling and management
Possible careers titles may include the following:
- bariatric weight loss counselor
- cardiac rehabilitation specialist*
- exercise physiologist
- exercise scientist
- exercise specialist
- fitness center director or coordinator
- group exercise specialist
- health fitness specialist
- inclusive fitness trainer
- lifestyle and weight management consultant
- occupational therapist*
- personal trainer
- recreational therapist*
- worksite wellness coordinator or counselor
*Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.
Students are well prepared for admission into graduate programs in clinical exercise physiology, obesity prevention and management, rehabilitative fields (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy) and medicine.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Adapted Physical Education Specialists||9.8%||$54,800|
|Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians||9.9%||$55,270|
|Training and Development Specialists||11.5%||$60,360|
|Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors||10.1%||$39,210|
|Fitness and Wellness Coordinators||10.6%||$81,630|
|Physical Therapist Assistants||31%||$57,430|
|Therapists, All Other||19.9%||$53,850|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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