Matthew R. Bice

Associate Professor- Exercise Science, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Director of Research Compliance

Office: WRNH 2114   |    Phone: (308) 865-8886   |    Email:

Matthew R. Bice


I love the outdoors, spending time with my wife (Jen), daughter (Harper Rae) and our daughter dog (DJ – Golden Retriever). I am a sports fanatic and cheer for the Dallas Cowboys, Manchester United, and our UNK LOPERS! UNK is a great institution and I am honored to be part of the rich history.


I have taught Physiology of Exercise (PE 310), Science of Play (PE 388), Fitness Testing (PE 467/867), and Research Methods in Exercise Science (PE 475). I have a passion for teaching, conducting meaningful research, and interacting with students. Each of the courses I teach include various teaching techniques, activities, and class discussions.

Description of Courses Taught

PE 310: Introduction to Human Physiology of Exercise. Provides a foundation of scientific basis for understanding the body’s anatomical structures and physiologic responses to acute exercise, as well as its adaptations to chronic exercise (with laboratory).

PE 388: The Science of Play. This course is designed to introduce the interaction between neuroscience and physical activity (play). An interdisciplinary experience where students apply the knowledge, cognitive abilities, and communication skills they have gained from General Studies in designing and completing an original project or paper. Students employ methods and interpretive means of two or more disciplines to integrate knowledge and synthesize their results.

 PE 467/867: Fitness Testing.  Techniques and theory of testing for personal fitness. Measures include vital capacity, body density, stress testing, aerobic and anaerobic fitness (with laboratory). This course is taught at the undergraduate and graduate student level.

PE 475: Research Methods in Exercise Science. This course is designed to introduce advanced undergraduate students to the processes of research in the field of Exercise Science including the processes of finding, reading and understanding Exercise Science research; data collection, data analysis; and data interpretation.


My research agenda focuses on the following main areas: 1.) School health obesity prevention treatment interventions 2.) Evaluation of health education programs, and 3.) Behavior change determinants of physical activity and nutrition including psychological, physiological, and social influences.

Current research projects (alphabetical order):

Aquaponics growing systems: Aquaponics systems are self-sufficient systems that can produce fruit, vegetables, and fish. These systems can produce food all     year long and our efforts include using these systems as a health/science     teaching model in middle schools.  Our research group plans to examine the process and impact of implementation among teachers and students in rural communities.

Behavior motivation. Motivation is a valuable tool in understanding human behavior. I am interested in physical activity and nutrition behaviors and underlying motivation among adults.

Health Camps:  Our research group has a passion for youth. We have created a summer camp that focuses on teaching children how to establish healthy lifestyle by growing food and physical fitness.

Skills for Success: Health and Physical Education is diminishing across the country. My efforts focus on fundamental movement patterns and its impact on children’s health and wellbeing.