Exercise Science Major


The sport and fitness industry has experienced dramatic growth over the past 20 years. The need for expertise in exercise science has grown into a discipline where specialization exists in a multidimensional sense. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for a career such as athletic training is predicted to grow 23%, which is much faster than the average growth.

Exercise science is the perfect major for individuals with a passion for healthy living. Graduates who study exercise science are involved in helping others and are filled with the knowledge and experience it takes to develop customized fitness programs and support for all types of wellness seekers.

Exercise science combines a strong background in math, chemistry, and physics that prepares you for potential careers in administration, coaching, marketing, consulting, journalism, personal training, directing fitness facilities, program development, and public relations. 

Undergraduate study in exercise science provides preparation for advanced study in such areas as biomechanics, exercise physiology, kinesiology, athletic training, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

The Health, Exercise Science and Sport Management Department (HESM) at Parkside offers a curriculum that provides exercise science majors the possibility of obtaining an education in lifetime wellness and activities. Exercise science certificates are designed to supplement an existing major with career-specific course work and enhance employment opportunities.

Graduates find employment within the sport or fitness fields with numerous types of organizations including amateur and professional sport organizations, educational institutions, health and fitness centers, private and municipal recreation programs, or the sporting-goods industry. 


William Miller | (262) 595-2308 | miller1@uwp.edu

Faculty Highlights

  • Sean Dahlin
    Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise Science and Sport Management

    Sean’s research interests lend to organizational effectiveness, organizational culture, and leadership styles within intercollegiate athletics. Currently, his research is focused on the developmental pathways of NCAA Division III effective head coaches. Dr. Dahlin earned his Ph.D. in Sport Management at Ohio State University, a master’s degree in athletic administration from Idaho State University and a bachelor’s degree in Portuguese from Brigham Young University. He is also the co-advisor to the Sport Management Club.


  • Jose Palao Andres
    Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise Science and Sport Management

    Jose M. Palao is originally from Cartagena, Spain. Dr. Palao completed his licensure as well as his doctorate in Physical Activity and Sport at the University of Granada. In 2006, he was named a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Northern Iowa, and in 2010, he was granted the Best Research Study distinction by the XXIX Sports Awards of the Region of Murcia in Spain. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has Level 4 Accreditation for Performance Analysts by the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport. 


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