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Exercise & Sports Studies

Skylar Lesan

"As a transfer student, who changed her major twice, I was a little nervous about graduating on time, but Upper Iowa University’s block scheduling and free accelerated May-term classes made it possible for me to not only to get a major, minor, and coaching endorsement, but it also allowed me to graduate in 3.5 years. The faculty/advisors really helped keep my schedule on track, pushing me to take difficult courses which ended up being my favorite classes. They helped to get me to where I am today working as a research associate in a Life Science Executive Search Industry. Grad school is still in the near future and I feel fully prepared by UIU to take my education to the next level. Go Peacocks!"

Skylar Lesan
Class of 2013
Exercise & Sports Studies Major
DHR International, Research Associate

If you want a career related to physical activity, this major is for you. You will not only learn how health, physical activity, and social factors relate to the sports and fitness industries, but you will also get hands-on-experience led by educated faculty.

As an Exercise and Sports Studies major, you take core classes that give you a solid foundation in exercise and sports studies, and select an emphasis to focus on an area of interest. All the emphases are designed to prepare you for continued studies at the graduate level. You may choose an emphasis in sports administration, fitness and wellness, recreation, or exercise science.

Students can also minor in Exercise and Sports Studies.

A degree in Exercise and Sports Studies provide you with adequate preparation to begin a career in any of these settings: professional athletics, college/university strength and conditioning, high school, health and fitness industry, personal training, corporate fitness, sports medicine clinics, exercise physiology/research, community organizations, military, athletic administration, cardiac rehabilitation, sports psychology, and coaching. A few examples of specific jobs our graduates have gotten include athletic directors, golf course/club house managers, strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, park and recreation directors, coaches, group fitness instructors, health club managers, and sporting goods sales.  Other students have chosen to pursue their master's degrees in physical therapy, chiropractic, athletic training or other related fields.

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