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Exercise and Sport Studies

Bachelor’s Degree

The UIU Advantage

Do you have a strong interest in helping others attain their exercise or athletic goals? In UIU’s Exercise and Sport Studies program, we study human movement and its relationship to exercise and sport, and help you understand how to manage your own programs. You even have two emphasis areas to choose from: Exercise Science, and Fitness and Wellness.

Why Exercise and Sport Studies at UIU?

  • Exercise and Sport Studies emphasis areas include a 240-hour internship.
  • Our graduates are very successful finding jobs after completing their degree; others continue their education and are admitted to graduate and professional schools of their choice.
  • Learn from faculty who have real-world experience and are experts in the fields they teach; enjoy the support of helpful, caring staff who are there for you from start to finish.
  • A minor is available in Exercise and Sports Studies.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Fitness and Wellness
  • Exercise Science

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Explore Your Program

Exercise and Sport Studies Courses

See course descriptions for the classes you need for your Exercise and Sport Studies degree, as well as any general education requirements.

Academic Calendar

Keep up with your academic program’s registration deadlines, session dates, holiday breaks and exam schedules.

Careers in Exercise and Sport Studies

A degree prepares you for many careers, such as athletic coach, athletic director, performance enhancement specialist, personal trainer or group fitness instructor, recreation program director, strength and conditioning specialist, and wellness coordinator. The exercise science emphasis prepares students for graduate and professional programs in athletic training, chiropractic, medicine, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

UIU Locations for Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Sport Studies

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Convenient, Focused Scheduling

UIU Exercise and Sport Studies students have the advantage of focusing on fewer classes at once with the Two-at-a-Time schedule.

The Exercise and Sport Studies bachelor’s degree program is offered through UIU’s Andres School of Education.


When you’re ready to apply for your bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Studies, we’re ready to help you every step of the way.

Go Further with an MSA

Earned your undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Studies? Consider UIU’s Master of Sport Administration (MSA) program to advance your career even further.

Faculty Spotlight

Rachel Majewski, Ed.D., LAT, ATC
Associate Professor of Exercise Science (2012)

At UIU our Exercise Science program ensures that students are prepared for the professional world after graduation.  Whether that be pursuing graduate school or going right into careers working with athletes, patients, or clients in the health and fitness field, our classes provide students hands-on learning experiences and real-life application that make them equipped to succeed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to students’ most frequently asked questions about UIU’s bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Studies. If you don’t see the answer you need, contact us for help.

What are courses in EXSS like?

Courses in EXSS are a combination of classroom lecture, labs and practical, hands-on experience, with experienced and dedicated faculty available for guidance and mentorship.

What opportunities are available for internships?

The EXSS major requires a 240-hour internship for degree completion. The internship can be completed on campus or offsite. Students have the opportunity to split the internship into two experiences, if desired. Students will work with program faculty to identify an internship experience that will help them to meet their professional goals, expand their educational experience and build a professional network for the future.

How does the EXSS program prepare students to graduate?

In addition to the EXSS core courses, the exercise science emphasis focuses on the prerequisite coursework necessary for application to a variety of graduate and professional programs, including athletic training, medicine, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Students will work with a faculty advisor to schedule coursework to meet the needs of the degree and the prerequisite courses necessary for application to graduate school.