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Sport and Exercise Science

The Wisconsin Lutheran College sport and exercise science major combines a robust interdisciplinary education in the health sciences and liberal arts with diverse hands-on experience in a wide range of laboratory, clinical, and field venues. Successful completion of this major prepares graduates for lives of servant leadership in a wide range of professions.

  • WLC sport and exercise science majors are able to take advantage of small, active, and participatory lab experiences. These labs provide hands-on training and experiential learning opportunities. In addition, students are required to participate in an undergraduate research project, culminating in a poster presentation. The combination of experiential learning, strong academics, and undergraduate research successfully prepares WLC sport and exercise science majors for a variety of fields, careers, and graduate studies opportunities. 

    Students desiring graduate school may consider a variety of careers and graduate school programs. Alumni have sought master’s degrees in athletic training, kinesiology, and occupational therapy, as well as doctorate degrees in chiropractic and physical therapy. Other graduate programs are available in human performance and health and wellness. Students will work individually with their academic advisor to develop an academic and career path that is the best fit for them.

    Students may also want to consider dual-degree programs for chiropractic, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

    If students are not interested in graduate school, careers in personal training, strength and conditioning, and other related occupations in the field are options; several alumni have found success in these fields. 

    What Makes the Program Distinctive?

    WLC’s sport and exercise science program is broad-based and flexible. Students are able to develop close relationships with faculty, allowing for adaptation of individual programs to meet career aspirations. The inclusion of biology, chemistry, psychology, and communication courses prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, something other programs lack by solely preparing students for limited opportunities in specific professions.  


    Experiential Learning

    Sport and exercise science majors benefit from hands-on learning. Throughout their courses, students participate in various experiential learning exercises, including isokinetic tests, VO2max tests, anatomical analysis of motion, and stimulated muscle contraction of frogs.

    Undergraduate Research

    The Wisconsin Lutheran College sport and exercise science program requires students to conduct an undergraduate research project, culminating in a poster presentation. This capstone experience enhances knowledge in the area of sport and exercise science, as well as leads to further insights and data for the advancement of the discipline.



    Internship Opportunities

    Wisconsin Lutheran College encourages students to consider experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom. Taking advantage of WLC's proximity to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, several students have completed internships at Froedtert's Sports Medicine Center in physical therapy, athletic training, and with the Center's Performance Enhancement Program (PEP). Other students have interned in physical therapy at the Aurora Sports Medicine Institute and in occupational therapy at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Center for Independence, and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Two students developed exercises and activities for physical delay for a school in Kenya as part of their internship.



    Graduate School

    WLC's sport and exercise science program properly prepares students for success in graduate school. Program alumni have sought Master's degrees in Athletic Training at Texas Tech (TX), University of Findlay (OH), Manchester University (IN), UW-Milwaukee; Master's in Kinesiology at UW-LaCrosse and University of Minnesota; and Master's of Occupational Therapy at Concordia University (WI), Midwestern University (IL), and Mt. Mary University (WI). Doctorate degrees are also an option, and alumni have completed degrees at Palmer School of Chiropractic (IA, CA, FL) as well as the Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Carroll University (WI), Concordia University (WI), Clarke College (IA), and UW-Milwaukee.


    Sport and exercise science career opportunities are growing. While many careers require a master's degree or certification in a specific area, WLC's major prepares students to excel in a variety of graduate studies programs or careers. Students may choose to work as athletic trainers, cardiopulmonary physical therapy specialists, exercise trainers, cardiac rehabilitation technicians, community health and fitness instructors, personal trainers, corporate wellness instructors, exercise test technologists and physiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and strength and conditioning specialists and coaches. Graduates can be found working as personal trainers in area athletic clubs, as a dietary and nutrition assistant in a local natural foods co-op, and in strength and conditioning with a Division I football team.


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