Wartburg’s exercise science major combines the school’s long tradition of success in health sciences with its dominance in athletics to create a program that will help fill a growing demand in a wide range of health-related fields. Students get to know faculty in a very personalized environment.
In the first year of the program, exercise science students will take many of the same courses as students in the college’s renowned biology program. During the second year, the programs will start to diverge when exercise science students begin taking courses specific to their major, including human nutrition, advanced exercise physiology, exercise testing, and prescription, kinesiology, and a “current topics” course. Though not required, students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship where they can observe, plan, and implement fitness programs in a real-world setting.
Graduates can go on to study athletic training or physical therapy in graduate school, attend nursing or medical school, or further study one of the core areas in exercise science. Those seeking immediate entry into the workforce can find opportunities in commercial, community, corporate, and clinical health-fitness facilities.
14½ course credits:
BI 151 Biology I: Cells, Genes, Evolution, Diversity
CH 113 Principles of Chemistry I
CH 114 Principles of Chemistry II
EXS 225 Human Nutrition
EXS 325 Advanced Exercise Physiology
EXS 375 Exercise Testing and Prescription
EXS 461 Exercise Science Seminar
MA 214 Statistical Methods
PE 351 Kinesiology
PE 355 Biomechanics of Human Movement
One of the following anatomy options
EXS 217 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
EXS 218 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BI 317 Human Anatomy
BI 318 Mammalian Physiology
Four-course credits from
CH 325 Biochemistry
EXS 349 Current Topics
EXS 365 Science of Muscle Growth
EXS 455 Methods of Exercise Science Research and EXS 456 Student-Originated Research
NSC 335 Neurobiology
PBH 101 Introduction to Public Health
PE 349 Personal Training
PE 357 Essentials of Strength Training
PE 471 Internship in Fitness Management
PSY 225 Life Span Human Development
By completing the exercise science major, students have met the requirements for OCAC/ILAC.
To develop content expertise in the foundational areas of exercise science. These include anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, and exercise testing and prescription.
To prepare students for professional school training in physical therapy, strength and conditioning, athletic training, and medical and other health professions.
To prepare students for master's and doctoral programs in kinesiology, exercise physiology and biochemistry, and nutrition.
To prepare students to enter the workforce as strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, and laboratory technicians.
Wartburg is the first NCAA Division III school to utilize the Elite Form motion-capture system throughout its entire weight room, allowing for unique student-faculty research opportunities and better leveraging of the connections between intercollegiate athletics and academics.