Exercise Science

Exercise Science

The Exercise Science & Fitness major meets the guidelines and criteria set by the only accredited national governing body for fitness and strength certifications NSCA.

Kinesiology is the study and practice of the art and science of human movement. Concerned with how & why humans move; the physiological, sociological, and psychological consequences of movement; and the skills and motor patterns of the movement repertoire.

Through kinesiology, students learn efficient motor skills for everyday living and apply these fundamental skills in a variety of activities. They develop and maintain sound physiological functions through vigorous muscular activity and learn to use that development in competition and in a variety of fitness and lifetime-related activities. The study of kinesiology encourages the appreciation of an active and healthy lifestyle.

Possible Career Paths

  • Athletic training
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Fitness
  • Health club management
  • Sports management
  • Sports information
  • Sports medicine
Why Choose Athletic Training at WIU?

Western Illinois University's Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) strives to provide athletic training students with premier academic, clinical, and hands-on experiences within the field of athletic training.  Through research, instruction, application, and feedback in the prevention, recognition, evaluation and rehabilitation of the physically active, the ATEP prepares students for success on the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification examination while building qualified entry-level professionals who are characterized by their commitment to the profession, leadership in the community, and life-long learning.

Personal Training

Students from the Practical Experience course (KIN 463) are provided with opportunities to train clients on a one-on-one basis. For more information, please contact Cathy McMillan at (309)298-1758,

Meet Some of Our Graduates
  • Joe Decker, "World's Fittest Man"

At A Glance

  • Degrees Available: Bachelor of Science
  • Minor Available? No
  • Graduate Degree Available? No
  • Campus: Macomb
  • Study Opportunities: Honors

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