Bachelor of Science Degree - Option 3 Fitness/Wellness II (Exercise Science)
During the past 20 years, there has been a continual growth in the fitness and health promotion industry. As a result of this growth, alternate careers within physical education have increased in popularity and viability. University of Central Missouri is helping to meet needs for these new professionals by offering a program of study in exercise science. Coursework has been designated to relate directly to the needs of fitness and wellness professionals.
Opportunities for Graduates
Agencies are now publishing data which indicate they have healthier employees and verify that their fitness and health promotion programs have provided cost saving in medical expenses and employee absenteeism. It is anticipated that corporations, hospitals and communities will expand fitness and wellness programs in the future. As a result, there will be an increase in demand for better educated and qualified professionals in fitness and wellness, and programs preparing students for careers in exercise science are vital to the state, region and nation. A graduate in exercise science is well prepared to function as an exercise leader, exercise specialist, wellness instructor, fitness specialist, and or personal trainer in a hospital, private, corporate or non-profit agency. Graduates may also consider pursuing graduate work or professional schools such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, or physician's assistant.
About the Faculty
In addition to a wide a range of academic and professional experience, 90 percent of the department's faculty members have earned doctorates in their fields. Active research, workshops and seminars keep faculty members current in their disciplines.
The Health/Fitness Association is designed to bring together students who have an interest in exercise science and related fields, increasing their understanding of the various specialty areas in the profession.
About the Department
The Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology's mission is to develop successful professionals in Nutrition and Kinesiology, instilling an appreciation for helping all people lead healthy and physically active lifestyles. The department emphasizes technology in all areas of its curriculum, and students become well versed in the use of multimedia and electronic University Library & Research Skills. Students learn to use specialized software to conduct nutritional analysis, front office operations and other essential functions. They also develop Internet expertise through a wide variety of classroom and laboratory assignments.
Exercise science students will benefit from the human performance laboratory located in Morrow 151. The lab is utilized for specific classes in several of the department's curricula. Students have the opportunity to assist with many of the research projects conducted in the facility. The lab is equipped with a ParvoMedics diagnostic metabolic system, Peak Motus video digitizing system, Kistler mobile force platform, 12-lead ECG monitoring system, a Life Measurement BOD POD, research grade treadmill, mechanical and electromechanically braked cycle ergometers, spirometer for pulmonary function assessment, pulse oximeter, bone densitometer, lactate analyzer, and various body composition, flexibility and muscle strength assessment devices.
Internships are completed as part of the program requirements and are typically performed during the student's last or next-to-last academic semester. Recently, UCM students have interned in hospitals, corporate fitness facilities, fitness centers, doctors' offices, government agencies as well as with college and professional sports teams.
Several departmental scholarships are awarded to students in the program who have shown strong grade point average, leadership, and in specific scholarship applications, can demonstrate financial need. Awards include the Clarence and Christine Whiteman Scholarship, Dr. Robert Tompkins Memorial Scholarship, and the William and Dorothy Brewster Scholarship.
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