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About Exercise Science

About the Exercise Science Program

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the exercise science program, the individual:

  1. Will possess the knowledge and skills for physical activity programming and lifestyle modification techniques and be prepared to work in a variety of health and fitness fields.
  2. Will be able to collaborate with a variety of health care professionals through consultations and referrals in a multi-disciplinary approach to wellness.
  3. Will be able to think critically to effectively solve problems in a variety of dynamic environments.
  4. Will understand the importance and process of becoming life-long learners in order to contribute to the fields of health and fitness.
  5. Will be an effective communicator among health care providers, fitness professionals, clients, administrators, family, and community in the delivery of lifelong health and wellness.
  6. Will practice with professionalism and integrity in their respective health and fitness field.


  • The major prepares fitness professionals in the organization and promotion of scientifically based programs to improve quality of lif
  • The major allows the flexibility to prepare for a wide variety of health/fitness careers, including personal training, health club management, coaching, strength and conditioning, clinical health education, and rehabilitation assistant.
  • Students have access to excellent facilities, including a biomechanics laboratory, exercise physiology laboratory, wellness center, strength room, dance studio and swimming pool.
  • Students will prepare for, and have the option of, pursuing continued graduate education and outside certification.

Program Requirements

  • Group exercise instruction
  • Basic weight training instruction
  • Growth and development of motor skills
  • Exercise physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition
  • Personal wellness
  • Introduction to exercise testing
  • Exercise in health and disease
  • Exercise science practicum series
  • Psycho-Social aspects of physical activity
  • Fitness facility operation
  • Research methods
  • Internship/research capstone

Practicum Series

Practicum I Practicum II
  • Conduct health surveys/interviews
  • Conduct fitness orientations
  • Exercise testing
  • Designing exercise prescriptions
  • Instruct fitness education classes on campus
  • Administering strength and conditioning programs for Carroll College athletes
  • Administering individually designed exercise programs
  • Instructing group exercise classes for seniors
  • Instruct health education classes on campus

Research Experience

An individualized internship or research experience will serve as the student's capstone experience in the major.

Internship placement will be individually designed to best match the needs of the student. Possible placement facilities include corporate fitness facilities, non-profit facilities, for-profit fitness facilities, and strength and conditioning facilities at the high school, college or professional level.


  • Students complete two field experience practicums while on campus, gaining real-world experience with diverse populations.
  • Internship placement will be individually designed to best match the needs of the student.
  • Previous placements have included Kimberly Clark Corporate Fitness Center, Wisconsin Athletic Club, Milwaukee Bucks, University of Iowa football strength and conditioning, Quad/Graphics Corporate Fitness Center, YMCA, West Wood Health and Fitness Center, Innovative Health and Fitness, La Casa de Esperanza, ProHealth Care, Waukesha School District, GE, Community Memorial Hospital, Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Snap Fitness, St. Mary's Hospital and Wheaton Franciscan Health Care.

Career Opportunities

  • Aerobics/group exercise instructor
  • Biomechanist
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist
  • Dietician/sports nutritionist
  • Employee fitness director
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Occupational physiologist
  • Personal trainer
  • Researcher
  • Strength and conditioning coach

Special Features

  • Faculty have diverse specialties, including health promotion and wellness, biomechanics, exercise physiology, facility development and operation, group exercise instruction, strength and conditioning, nutrition, and sport psychology.
  • There is an opportunity for collaboration with professionals and attendance at regional and national conferences.
  • The program has received Education Recognition Status through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


Health Science Bound Initiative

At Carroll University, students interested in a career in health care receive an advantage - our Health Sciences Bound Initiative. Gain access to a team of experienced health sciences academic advisors, activities and experiences that advance your learning in the classroom and in some cases, early admission into select graduate programs. Learn more >>

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