Movement and Exercise Science

Movement and Exercise Science

The movement and exercise science major prepares students for careers in such diverse areas as the fitness industry, college or university strength and conditioning programs for athletes, hospital or business wellness programs, and sport psychology as well as for more advanced professional degrees such as physical therapy and chiropractic medicine.

The vast majority of classes are taught by full-time faculty, not graduate assistants. This results in high quality instruction and easy access to faculty. Class sizes are generally 25 students or less and instructors are available for appointments on a regular schedule. Most classes incorporate laboratory experiences and experiential learning, which enhances the learning of content. Our laboratories have the latest in technology and equipment. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects. Students interested in strength and conditioning have the opportunity to work with the UNI strength coaches and athletes. All majors will complete their project with an internship in an area of their choice.

You have three minor options: coaching, sport administration and strength and conditioning. 


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Movement and Exercise Science

The Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC) serves as the primary instructional and research center for the physical education program, among others. This bold facility provides state-of-the-art space for classrooms, laboratories, and faculty and staff offices. Space designed for research, teaching and public service includes the exercise physiology laboratory, biomechanics laboratory, psychomotor behavior laboratory, athletic training laboratory and the wellness resources laboratory. Activity areas include five aerobic/dance studios, six handball/racquetball courts, two multipurpose courts, a one-tenth mile jogging track, fitness/conditioning areas, a nearly 40-foot high climbing wall, leisure pool, instructional pool with seating for 300 and an outdoor pursuits center

Movement & Exercise Science

The physical education division offers several undergraduate scholarships available for men and women who exhibit promising ability and who need financial assistance to prepare for physical education. Recently established scholarships also provide money to a limited number of students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship.

Movement & Exercise Science

The Physical Education Club provides opportunities to get involved by sharing ideas, attending socials and conventions, and having fun.


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


Fitness Trainer

Personal Trainer

Fitness Coach

Medical Scribe


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Dr. Fabio Fontana
Department Head, Kinesiology 
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