Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Department

Exercise Science

The Exercise Science major is designed to prepare professionals for the popular for-profit health and fitness industry and for careers in research, academia and medical professions.  People desire to keep fit, eat properly, lose weight, and enjoy an active healthy life-style.  Professionals in exercise science assist in this through providing services in profit-making organizations such as fitness clubs, health clubs, racquet clubs, corporate fitness/wellness organizations, and in private training. Employment opportunities are also available in rehabilitative and preventative fitness programming at hospitals and sports medicine clinics. Some students in exercise science choose to continue their education after completing our program by attending recognized masters and doctoral programs in exercise science and medical professional schools such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractics or dietetics.

The program features core courses which emphasize knowledge of the human body and how it works.  Specific coursework in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology, nutrition, fitness programming, emergency care and basic personal health are needed.

The program is divided into a major and a comprehensive major.

  • The Major in Exercise Science is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the medical profession, research or are interested in pursuing a masters or doctoral degree. Students who choose the Major in Exercise Science are required to declare a second major or a minor. Student advisors are able to help select a minor to complement the major for the students’ individual goals.  Popular minors include Health Sciences, Public Health, Psychology or Biology. 

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Each exercise science major culminates in an internship experience individualized as much as possible to the interests and needs of the student.  We are capable of placing interns at various locations in Nebraska and across the United States.  Completion of an internship is possibly a student’s most important academic endeavor as national data indicate internship work leads to employment for 80 percent of the interns.  We have placed exercise science interns at corporate fitness programs for Boeing Corporation in Seattle, Washington; General Telephone and Electric (GTE) headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut; Union Pacific in Omaha; Coors Corporation, Golden, Colorado and IBM headquarters in Louisville, Colorado.  Interns have also been placed at Dr. Kenneth Cooper’s Aerobics Center in Dallas; fitness clubs in Georgia, Nebraska, Florida; Physical Therapy clinics in Nebraska; and Academic Research  Laboratories in Nebraska, Kansas and Florida.

EXERCISE SCIENCE INTERNSHIP

If you are interested in doing your internship, you must first request an internship application and read the Exercise Science Internship Instructions.

- Click here for EXERCISE SCIENCE INTERNSHIP INSTRUCTIONS

- Click here to request an internship application

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For more information concerning this program contact Eve Scantling at (308) 865-8645 or scantlingef@unk.edu or Kate Heelan at (308) 865-8180 or heelanka@unk.edu.