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

 

James Romagna
James Romagna
Department Head Health, Wellness and Sport; Assistant Professor

MA, Loras College
BA, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3402
E-mail: jromagna@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 315 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

Sarah Accacian
Sarah Accacian
Assistant Athletic Trainer

MS, Illinois State University
BS, Clarke College

Office Phone: 563.589.3119
E-mail: saccacian@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 103 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click Here

Sarah (Fahrenkrug) Accacian joined the Spartans Athletic Training staff in August 2010. Accacian is a 2005 graduate of Clarke College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and a minor in biology.

From 2005-2006 Accacian served as an Adjunct Athletic Trainer and Approved Clinical Instructor for Clarke covering women's soccer, men's volleyball, and softball.

Sarah continued her education at Illinois State University, graduating in 2008 with a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. While in graduate school, Accacian served as a graduate assistant for Illinois Wesleyan University. Her primary responsibilities were men's soccer and women's basketball, while assisting with cross country and tennis.

In Fall 2008, Sarah joined the sports medicine staff at Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, NY) as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. From 2008 to 2010, Accacian assisted with the medical care of all Wildcat student-athletes.

In addition, Sarah is a Clinical Faculty member for the Clarke University Athletic Training Education Program and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) as well as the Mid-America Athletic Trainers Association (MAATA) and the Iowa Athletic Trainers Society (IATS).

The DeWitt, Iowa native currently resides in Dubuque, Iowa, with her husband, Andy and dog, Lola.


Kevin P. Cattani
Kevin P. Cattani
Associate Professor of Sport Marketing & Management/Director of Sports Marketing

PhD, University of Florida
MS, University of Florida
BS, University of Florida

Office Phone: 563.589.3454
E-mail: kcattani@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 311 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.589-3410


Dan Duclos
Dan Duclos
Adjunct Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences


E-mail: dduclos@dbq.edu 

Chad Gunnelson
Chad Gunnelson
Director of Track and Field | Cross Country
Adjunct Faculty

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3860
E-mail: cgunnelson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 214 Mercer-Birmingham
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click Here

Chad Gunnelson, the 2013 Iowa Conference Men’s Outdoor Track Co-Coach of the year and 2017 IIAC Men's Indoor Track Coach of the Year, is entering his sixth season leading the track & field and cross country programs. The Spartans have seen unparalleled success since his arrival in 2011 and continue to improve. Gunnelson was named USTFCCCA Central Region Men's Coach of the Year in 2017.

The University of Dubuque men's indoor track and field team claimed it's first Iowa Conference indoor title in 2017, winning the championship trophy. It was the school's 12th league title and first since 1961 in track and field. UD finished the two-day meet with 125 points. The women posted their best outdoor finish at the Iowa Conference Outdoor Championships in 2016.

Under the direction of Coach Gunnelson, the Spartans track & field team has had 22 NCAA qualifiers, earning 6 All-American honors and 1 National Champion (Rick Valcin, Outdoor Pole Vault, 2014). The Spartans have also had 46 IIAC Champions and 183 All-IIAC Performers in addition to breaking 57 school records. Off the track, the women’s team was named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the fourth straight year.

The cross-country program has had similar academic success with the men and women being named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the third and seventh consecutive years. On the course, they have placed 16 names to the UD Top-25 cross country performers list under Gunnelson. 

Prior to his arrival at UD, Gunnelson, a native of Madison, Wis., spent six years as the Head Track & Field Coach at Madison East High School for both the boy’s and girl’s teams. At Madison East, Gunnelson coached 22 school record holders and back-to-back state champions in 2010 and 2011. Gunnelson resurrected track and field at Madison East by tripling the team size during his time there. In his final year with the Purgolders, the team earned a 3.24 GPA, had four sectional champions, and placed all four state qualifiers on the podium at the WIAA state track meet, including a state champion.

Along with coaching, Gunnelson was the Owner and CEO of Athletic Republic, a sports performance training facility, from 2007 to 2011 where he built Athletic Republic into the largest training facility in the Madison area. Over 600 youth, high school, college, professional, and Olympic athletes trained and improved their athletic ability each year.

Coach Gunnelson currently holds the USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist Certification, Endurance Specialist Certification, Strength & Conditioning Certification, Track & Field Technical Certification, and Program Management Certification. He is also a Level 1 certified coach with USATF, a certified performance coach with USA Weightlifting, and is Functional Movement Screen certified.

Coach Gunnelson resides in Potosi, Wis. with his wife Melissa, their son Dash, and his step-children Taylor and Evan.

Track and Field Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque

IIAC Finishes            Men            Women
Season Indoor Outdoor Indoor Outdoor
2012 4th 6th 7th 8th
2013 3rd 4th 6th 6th
2014 4th 4th 3rd 5th
2015 3rd 4th 3rd 5th
2016 5th 4th  4th 3rd 

Deanne Hohmann
Deanne Hohmann
Adjunct Physical Education/Health, Wellness and Recreation Faculty


E-mail: dhohman@dbq.edu 
Fax: 563.589.3410

Jose Reinoso
Jose Reinoso
Coordinator of Intramural Sports

BA, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3845
E-mail: jreinoso@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 207 Chlapaty Recreation & Wellness Center
Fax: 563.589.3742

Joseph Sabin
Joseph Sabin
Assistant Professor

JD, University of Mississippi
MS, University of Southern Mississippi
BS and BA, University of Southern Mississippi 



Office Phone: 563.589.3556
E-mail: jsabin@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 302 Smith Hall

Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

PhD, Iowa State University
MS, Iowa State University
BA, Northwestern College (IA)

Office Phone: 563.589.3186
E-mail: jmthomas@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 313 Smith Hall


Jon West
Jon West
Adjunct Education and Physical Education/Health, Wellness and Sport

BA, University of Dubuque
MA, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: jwest@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 307 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

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.