Wellness and Exercise Science

The University of Dubuque Wellness and Exercise Science major is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of health, wellness, and fitness programs, sport marketing and management, as well as graduate studies.

The  Wellness and Exercise Science Department plans to offer four distinct programs of study: bachelor of science in both wellness and exercise science (WES) and human health science (HHS), and a bachelor of arts in both sport marketing and management (SMM) and public and community health (PCH).

What You Will Learn

  • Students majoring in wellness and wxercise science are exposed to a variety of practicums and required to complete an internship.
  • Practicums involve working with strength & conditioning or wellness programs on campus, while the internship is conducted off-campus in a setting that best reflects the professional interest of the student.
  • Students are prepared to pursue a variety of nationally recognized professional certifications upon successful completion of the Wellness and Exercise Science Program.

Program of Study

A University of Dubuque degree in the Wellness and Exercise Science Program is designed to introduce students to a variety of future careers within the wellness and fitness profession. Students are prepared for the management of wellness and fitness programs in corporate fitness centers, clinical and community wellness programs, and for possible graduate studies in exercise science. In addition to required courses offered within the department, students may complete elective courses in basic sciences, statistics, psychology, or business.


What Our Students

Do In addition to their coursework, students in the Wellness and Exercise Science (WES) Program have the opportunity to shadow or gain work experience with fitness professionals, strength coaches, and trainers both on campus and in the Dubuque Community. Students will also gain practical experience in the Human Performance Lab, performing industry-relevant assessment tests. 

Where Our Graduates Go

Students are prepared for the management of wellness and fitness programs in corporate fitness centers, clinical and community wellness programs, and for possible graduate studies in exercise science. Students also have the opportunity to graduate as certified personal trainers, and/or certified strength and conditioning specialists through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, preparing them for immediate employment in the coaching and training field, or to apply for graduate assistantships in programs across the country. 

News from the Department

During their junior and senior year, students have the opportunity to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Associations Personal Training and Strength Coach tests. Students have full access to the 1,200 sq/ft Knox-Coit Human Performance Lab. Students are advised by faculty that have over twenty years of experience in personal training and strength and conditioning. 

Wellness and Exercise Science - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Year One

Fall Semester
HWS 100: Introduction to Health, Wellness and Sport (2)
UDMA 112: Algebra (4)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)
BIO 145: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I (4)

J-Term
Required

Spring Semester
CIS 101: Introduction to Computers (3)
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)
BIO 146: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
HWS 244: Wellness Lifestyles or HWS 221 (3) Family and Community Health (3)


Year Two

Fall Semester
RES 104: Research Writing (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
HWS 241: Anatomy and Kinesiology (3)
HWS 246: Human Nutrition (3)
PED 210: Coaching Decisions and Ethics (2)

J-Term
Required

Spring Semester
SOC 112: Contemporary Social Problems (3) or other Social Development
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3) or other REL Course
HWS 220: Sports Psychology (3)
PED 231: Fundamentals of Motor Performance (3)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
HWS 210: Methods of Coaching (2) 


Year Three

Fall Semester
PRF 201: Career Development Strategies (1)
ENG 112/260: Literature (3)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
HWS 333: Fitness Assessment (3)
HWS 311: Geriatrics (3)
BIO 125: Population, Rsources and Environment (3) or other Stewardship course

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or other Aesthetics B course
HWS 370: Theory/Principles of Personal Training (3)
HWS 301: Biomechanics (3)
HWS 341: Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury (3)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)


Year Four

Fall Semester
UDHS 121: World Civilization (3) or other Global Awareness A Course
CCS 101: Cross-Cultural Study (1) or other Global Awareness B
HWS 485/6/7: Internship (3)
HWS 401: Exercise Physiology (3)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
WES Elective

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
HWS 470: Theory/Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3)
HWS 495: Senior Seminar (2)
WES Elective
WES Elective
WES Elective

 

Careers in Wellness and Exercise Science

The Wellness and Exercise Science Program at the University of Dubuque is designed to introduce students to a variety of careers within the wellness and fitness profession. Students are prepared for the management of wellness and fitness programs in corporate fitness centers, clinical and community wellness programs, and for possible graduate studies in exercise science. Students in this track will prepare and test for a certification exam for personal training or strength and conditioning.

BS Opportunities

Students majoring in wellness and exercise science are exposed to a variety of practicums and also required to complete an internship. Practicums involve working with strength & conditioning or wellness programs on campus, while the internship is conducted off-campus in a setting that best reflects the professional interest of the student. Through the Human Performance Lab, students will gain valuable experience in various forms of assessment through use of the BodPod, metabolic cart, Dartfish software and other instrumentation.

Post-graduate Opportunities

This program is designed to provide the educational and experiential base for entry-level professional practice. Students wishing to pursue graduate level studies through this track will have a solid foundation from elective courses in basic sciences, statistics, psychology, and business.

Lifelong Learners of Wellness and Exercise Science

Mike Zweifel, Marie Axtell, Steve Vassilotti, Sydney Cole, Mike Braden, Miles Hookstead, Molly Whiting, and Temwa Phiri are self-starters. They all value their Wellness and Exercise education and are lifelong learners. Many students of the program have enrolled in graduate school. Additionally, the program helps to build a strong knowledge base as well as strong interpersonal & professional skills.