COE: BES: Exercise Science and Wellness
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Promoting Healthy and Physically Active Children and Youth

Do you enjoy fitness activities? The Exercise Science major in the Bachelor of Educational Studies allows prepares graduates to seek careers that promote health, wellness, and fitness in those of all ages in non-school settings. Graduates can enter some careers directly while seeking graduate programs for other careers. The UMSL Exercise Science program emphasizes hands-on experience through internship opportunities in a range of settings. Settings may include corporate fitness centers, health clubs, private studios, college recreation centers, and collegiate athletic programs.

Program of Study: The Exercise Science degree builds on science and mathematics courses in the general education requirements with courses on anatomy & physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, safety and emergency care, designing physical activity programs, nutrition, and adult exercise leadership. Internships are spread over three semester and majors are prepared to sit for certification examinations, such as those offered by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of American, and the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers.

Careers: Upon graduation, exercise science majors can pursue careers in personal training, including corporate, public, and private health and fitness programs. With experience, graduates can easily take on health club management or ownership. Exercise science graduates also can seek positions as strength and conditioning coaches. The program of study provides opportunities to obtain the certifications that employer's desire. Graduates also can choose to enter graduate programs to further specialize in athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, or exercise physiology research.

If you enjoy the science of the human body and working with individuals of all ages to help them meet health and fitness goals, check into the Exercise Science major!

Bachelor of Educational Studies (BES)

Contact Advisor:

Ellen Duncan

201 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5932

General Education Requirements

Students follow the University's General Education Requirements, Mathematical Skills, Advanced Expository Writing, American History and Government, and Cultural Diversity Requirements. Due to prerequisites of required courses all students must take PSYCH 1003 and POL SCI 1100. Students pursuing the Exercise Science emphasis area must take BIOL 1012BIOL 1013, and MATH 1030.

Foundations (Required Courses)

TCH ED 10011
TCH ED 20001
EDUC 20023
EDUC 2222undefined
ED PSY 22123
or CNS ED 3200
PHY ED 21363
EDUC 3170undefined
ED FND 32513
THEATR 3362undefined
MKTG 3721undefined
ED TECH 4302undefined
or ED TECH 4436
ED FND 43303
Total Hours17
Required Courses
PHY ED 1124undefined
HLTH PE 3434undefined
HLTH PE 3284undefined
HLTH PE 3285undefined
HLTH PE 3380undefined
HLTH PE 3280undefined
PHY ED 2134undefined
PHY ED 32873
PHY ED 3283undefined
PHY ED 3330undefined
PHY ED 3931undefined
Total Hours3
Clinical Experiences
EDUC 4989undefined
EDUC 4990undefined
EDUC 4991undefined
Total Hours0
Suggested Courses
MEDIA ST 2211undefined
MEDIA ST 2222undefined
GERON 4130undefined
GERON 4445undefined
MGMT/SOC 3600undefined
Total Hours0
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Timothy Makubuya, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor