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BES: Exercise Science and Wellness

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 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
EDUC 2002Social Entrepreneurship3
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
or CNS ED 3200 Interpersonal Skills in Helping Relationships
PHY ED 2136Facilities Management3
EDUC 3170Grant Proposal Writing for Educators3
ED FND 3251Black Americans in Education3
THEATR 3362Storytelling3
MKTG 3721Introduction to Digital Marketing Strategies3
ED TECH 4302Educational Technology Instruction in Educational Agencies3
or ED TECH 4436 Computer-Mediated Teaching and Learning in Education
ED FND 4330History of American Education through the Lens of Social Justice3
Total Hours32
Required Courses
PHY ED 1124Principles & Practice In 1St Aid & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation1
HLTH PE 3434Teaching of Health and Wellness4
HLTH PE 3284Physiology of Human Exercise3
HLTH PE 3285Safety and Emergency Care for Health & Physical Education3
HLTH PE 3380Introduction to Nutrition for Health and Performance3
HLTH PE 3280Human Anatomy and Physiology4
PHY ED 2134Personal Physical Fitness3
PHY ED 3287Seminar in Exercise Science3
PHY ED 3283Kinesiology3
PHY ED 3330Designing Physical Activity Programs3
PHY ED 3931Adult Exercise Leadership3
Total Hours33
Clinical Experiences
EDUC 4989Internship I3
EDUC 4990Internship II6
EDUC 4991Internship III6
Total Hours15
Suggested Courses
MEDIA ST 2211Introduction to Digital Multimedia Production3
MEDIA ST 2222Convergence and Digital Media3
GERON 4130Interviewing Older Adults and Life Review3
GERON 4445Aging, Chronic Illness & Disability3
MGMT/SOC 3600Management and Organizational Behavior3
Total Hours15
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Timothy Makubuya, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Timothy Makubuya, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Interim Program Coordinator for Sport Management. He earned his Ph.D. from University of Missouri- St. Louis.  He is a member of American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)'s Leadership and Diversity Training Program.  Dr. Makubuya has authored journal articles and presente...