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About the Exercise Science Comprehensive Degree Program

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Exercise Science is a truly versatile degree that can provide a strong academic background for a wide variety of jobs, fitness-related careers, certifications, and great preparation for entry into a graduate or professional healthcare degree program. It’s definitely one of the most interesting, diverse, fun and useful undergraduate majors out there – however, graduation is usually just the beginning.

The Exercise Science Comprehensive major is designed for University of Nebraska Kearney students who want to be fitness, nutrition and wellness professionals (fitness instructors, strength and conditioning coaches, nutrition educators, corporate wellness coordinators), as well as rehabilitation professionals (athletic trainer, chiropractor, cardiac rehab, exercise physiologist, physical or occupational therapist) or medical professionals (nurse, medical assistant, physician assistant).

Courses include anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, health promotion, nutrition, fitness evaluation, strength program design and research design. Courses are held in the state-of-the-art Physical Activity and Wellness Laboratory that is over 7,000 square feet of academic, research and faculty space including a demonstration kitchen and private exercise room. Students may choose to apply to be part of the undergraduate research fellows program and work with one of five exercise science faculty to experience research in exercise science.

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  • Fitness Instructors
  • Strength and Conditioning coach
  • Health Promotion
  • Nutrition Educators
  • Corporate Wellness Coordinators
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Physical or Occupational Therapist
  • Nurse or Medical Assistant
Marlee Lupher

“I graduated from UNK in 2017 with a B.S. in Exercise Science, Fitness, and Wellness-Comprehensive. I will be finishing up my M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Missouri in December of 2018. I was appointed a graduate assistantship at Optimus: The Center for Health and Wellness in Columbia, where I work primarily with an older population as an exercise physiologist and a wellness coach. I am now also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA."

Marlee Lupher

University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

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