College of Education & Professional Studies


Bachelor's Degree Program

Human Performance and the world of exercise sciences is a broad and exciting field.

We offer a robust and versatile program that prepares you for careers in exercise physiology, fitness management, recreation and sports management, sports performance, health rehabilitation, and other areas related to health, wellness and physical activity.



What our Human Performance students do

Gain practical skills and develop knowledge needed to be a leader within the kinesiology profession

Pursue internships with professional sports teams and local parks

Explore the great outdoors through travel study and student trips

Hands-on and cross-cultural experiences

Human Performance students have many opportunities to gain professional experience on and off campus.

Human Performance students complete their 300-hour internships in a variety of settings including fitness centers, hospitals and clinics, professional or collegiate sports teams, and park and recreation departments.



Service learning
Embedded into our curriculum you’ll find several courses with a service-learning element. For example, students plan and host health fairs, lead after-school programs, develop activity programs for senior centers, and lead Performance Stations during Wisconsin Special Olympics competitions.

Travel study courses
Take a faculty-led international or domestic travel study course focused around sport and/or outdoor adventure! Paddle, trek, and explore glaciers in Chilean Patagonia, explore sport facilities and outdoor adventure in Australia, or travel between the sport complexes across Europe. For domestic options, study biology and outdoor recreation management in Yellowstone, or explore canyons by bike in Utah.

Students engage in research with a faculty mentor, which can lead to co-authoring a paper or presenting at a national conference.



On-campus employment
Many of our students gain professional experience through on-campus employment in recreation sports, at the fitness center, or with our coaching staff and athletic trainers.

Campus and community involvement

UW-Whitewater offers several student organizations that are of interest to Human Performance students.

ACTIVE Human Performance, Sport and Recreation Professional Development Club
Invites guest speakers, brings students to conferences and job fairs, and provides other work to support professional development of students.

Outdoor Adventure Club
A student-led club that provides outdoor and professional development opportunities by leading outdoor experiences. Common adventures include river and lake canoeing, rock climbing adventures, ski trips, and camping/adventure trips (including trips to nearby Ottawa Lake State Park and Horicon Marsh, and more distant trips to the Badlands National Park/Custer State Park in South Dakota, and Great Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee).

Our facilities

Our updated motion analysis lab features equipment such as a CSMi isokinetic dynamometer, force plates, Parvo Medics metabolic cart, tendo unit, and a Biodex Balance System. The lab also has upper body and cycle ergometers and other equipment used for aerobic and anaerobic capacity tests. 

This equipment is used for class laboratories, honors options, and undergraduate research projects, such as measuring muscle imbalances, likelihood of muscular injury, and sports training program assessment. 

What our Human Performance students do

Design and implement health promotion and recreation programs

Coach high school and college athletics

Pursue graduate degrees in health professions

Human Performance jobs: Career success

Our program prepares students for an array of careers in the performance sciences

Human Performance graduates work in a variety of settings as:

  • exercise physiologists (in clinical rehabilitation and sports performance settings)
  • strength and conditioning coaches (in collegiate athletics, at fitness centers, or in clinical settings)
  • community health coordinators (with nonprofits, hospitals, or corporations)
  • sports/recreation managers (in civic organizations, nonprofits, or state/national parks)

Many of our Human Performance graduates continue on to master’s degree programs in areas such as:

  • exercise science
  • nutrition
  • recreation management
  • sport management
  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy
  • public health
  • nursing /medical school

Our faculty

Among our faculty you’ll find award-winning teachers and leading exercise scientists with impressive credentials:

  • Andrea Ednie serves on a visitor-use planning team for protected areas in Chile in partnership with the Center for Patagonia Ecosystem Investigation.
  • Lindsey Greviskes co-authored a paper on caring interactions between patients with Parkinson’s Disease and their provider team.
  • Bridgette Hermanson brings practical experience in the sport and recreation management. She enjoys connecting students to real world experience by facilitating the internship process.
  • Wes Kephart is an exercise physiologist with more than 40 publications in topics such as nutrition, supplements, aging and oxidative stress.
  • Jason Shurley recently co-authored the book, “Strength Coaching in America: A History of the Innovation that Transformed Sports.”
  • Mike Stibor has vast experience and knowledge in the field of kinesiology that he brings to classroom. As a former physical education teacher and varsity coach, his practical experience enhances student learning.
  • Nathan Tokarek is a strong proponent of integrating outdoor spaces into the classroom environment and the development of healthy behaviors among children and adolescents.

Additionally, our faculty often collaborate with colleagues in other departments, such as psychology, geography and UW-Whitewater Athletics.

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The Human Performance major includes 47 credits, a 6-credit internship and 3-credit capstone requirement.

Students also complete a minor which is typically composed of 22 credits.



To apply, complete the UW-Whitewater application for admission and indicate your major of interest.  

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