Exercise & Wellness Studies
About This Program
You’re always on the move. You’re energized by working with others and being active. You don’t want a career that involves sitting at a desk all day. Exercise & Wellness Studies may be the major for you.
Why Utica College
Exercise & Wellness Studies prepares students for leadership roles in exercise science or health & wellness fields. Taught by accomplished faculty with extensive professional experience in the field, the program offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes foundational courses in biology, kinesiology, and group facilitation, with advanced experiential learning opportunities in exercise and wellness program design, workplace health promotion, strength & conditioning, health & fitness trainer methods, and much more.
Students will be given the option of pursuing an education track in a concentration of either Exercise Science or Health & Wellness. Students in both concentrations are taught using a range of methods by which health promotion can be achieved. In particular, the program utilizes adventure education (structured learning exercises characterized by perceived or real risk or challenge) and experiential education principles as the foundation for its curriculum.
Students in the Exercise Science concentration work in the health and fitness industry, and are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors for health promotion.
They conduct these activities in university, corporate, commercial or community settings where their clients participate in health promotion and fitness-related activities.
As an integral part of the health and wellness team, Exercise Science Professionals can work with Personal Fitness Trainers and Exercise Physiologists in a number of different settings, such as corporate, clinical, community, and commercial fitness and wellness centers (entrepreneurship).
Exercise Science Professionals work with the apparently healthy population and clients with controlled disease, leading and demonstrating these clients in safe and effective methods of exercise. The Exercise Science Professional can also assess risk factors and identify (not diagnosed) the health status of clients.
Students in the Health & Wellness concentration prepare for careers as health/wellness professionals in private business and industry, community organizations, and health care settings working with groups and individuals.
Exercise & Wellness Studies at Utica
- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor
- Corporate Wellness Director
- Outdoors Adventure/High Ropes Director
- Team Building Facilitator
- Health and Wellness Program Coordinator
A Strong Foundation
What You'll Learn
Students in both concentrations are taught using a range of methods by which health promotion can be achieved. The program utilizes adventure programming (structured learning exercises characterized by perceived or real risk or challenge) and experiential education principles as the foundation for its curriculum.
Adjunct Exercise & Wellness Studies Faculty
A Degree That Works
The Exercise & Wellness Studies program prepares students for opportunities in fast growing career areas in the exercise science or health & wellness fields, such as Corporate Wellness (Wellness Director, Health and Wellness Program Coordinator, Director of Healthy Living, Fitness Trainer and Instructor), Adventure Education (Team Building Facilitator, Program Instructor, Outdoors Adventure/High Ropes Director, Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures), and Fitness (Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, Strength and Conditioning Coach).
The Interprofessional Education (IPE) program at Utica College helps you develop a deeper understanding of a broad range of roles in the health professions so that you can effectively team up with practitioners in other disciplines to deliver outstanding patient care.Learn More