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The Exercise Science Program

Of the over 30 diverse career paths in exercise science, about one-third require advanced education (graduate or professional). Most of the varied career paths are expected to grow by at least 10% in the 2010–2020 decade (US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates).
Coursework prepares students to be able to apply for certifications with the American College of Sports Medicine and the national Strength and Conditioning Association in the areas of Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Exercise Physiologist, and Strength & Conditioning Specialist


Exercise Science may sound like an easy major. In reality, the field of study is rigorous and challenging. Courses in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, and nutrition lead to a comprehensive understanding of the human body. Graduates of the Exercise Science program will be prepared for careers in fields such as:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Dietitian
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pre-health Professional
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy


Internships are designed to help students gain an understanding of professional experience. Professors encourage students to pursue internships so they can apply classroom and experimental knowledge to real world activity. WPU Exercise Science students have obtained internships with the following companies:

  • Titan Physical Therapy
  • Pella Recreation Center
  • Anytime Fitness (Oskaloosa and Pella)
  • New Hope Community Center


Jessica Sisul, M.P.H.

Adjunct Instructor of Health and Life Sciences Email

Bill Collman, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology 641-673-1021 Email

Gary Christopher, Ph.D

Chair of Health and Life Sciences Division, Associate Professor of Kinesiology 641-673-1295 Email


The Kinesiology Club is for students who share a love of sport and physical activity. Field Trips to sports facilities and events along with presentations by guest speakers from the sport and fitness industry are cornerstones of the club.


Penn Activity Center (PAC)

The Penn Activity Center was opened in 2008 on the west side of campus. The facility has a variety of recreational space and equipment, including two basketball courts, artificial turf, and an indoor track. The PAC’s second and third floors have classrooms, biology labs, faculty offices, and the PAC Cafe.

  • Two collegiate-size basketball/volleyball courts
  • 45 yards of artificial turf
  • Locker rooms
  • Office of Admissions
  • Financial Aid Offices
  • Campus Health Clinic
  • PAC Cafe
  • 300-yard running/walking track
  • Science Wing
  • Ware Auditorium
  • Cardio Training Center


You’ll be taking the following courses as a student of the Exercise Science program:

Health and Life Sciences Foundation

  • PHLE 160 First Aid & CPR
  • PHLE 110 Wellness & Fitness


Exercise Science courses

  • BIOL 314 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 315 Physiology
  • CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 102 General Chemistry II
  • MATH 140 Algebra/Trigonometry
  • PHYS 201 General Physics I
  • PHYS 202 General Physics II
  • PYSC 102 General Psychology or
  • PYSC 108 Life Span Psychology
  • PHLE 150 Fund Concepts of HPER
  • PHLE 205 Theory & Practice of Strength Conditioning
  • PHLE 325 Sport/Exercise Nutrition
  • PHLE 332 Analysis of Human Motion
  • PHLE 334 Test & Measurement in HPER
  • PHLE 335 Exercise Physiology
  • PHLE 420 Biomechanics
  • PHLE 430 Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • PHLE 437 Exercise Prescription
  • PHLE 440 Sports Pharmacology
  • PHLE 357 Internship
  • PHLE 390 Practicum