Exercise Science and Wellness

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Getting In Right with the Exercise Science & Wellness Program

Any age or stage of life - this is an industry that will always have relevance and importance. Health and wellness plays a significant role in our everyday lives, and for those who make an impact in the quality of life for others through this work - well, let’s just say, meaningful and rewarding is an understatement. From conducting and interpreting physical fitness assessments to developing exercise prescriptions for various demographic populations, you’ll make a difference toward improving human health.

Exercise Science and Wellness is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

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Cassidy Lizakowski


Cassidy Lizakowski

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Admissions Counselor

umcinfo@crk.umn.edu | (218) 281-8569



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    Average Salary: $46,764
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    Learn in our Exercise Science laboratory
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    Develop exercise prescriptions for others
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    Obtain certification with ACSM and CSCS

Major in the making of you

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Career Paths

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Kinesiologist
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Cancer Exercise Trainer
  • Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist

Pursue advanced degrees in

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Nursing


Exercise Science and Wellness


  • Blend your knowledge of exercise physiology with nutrition and wellness

  • Gain skills and knowledge in fitness appraisal, exercise programming, wellness counseling, and motivation techniques

  • Support the physical and mental health of fellow Golden Eagles

  • Advance your education into the fields of physical therapy, athletic training and chiropractic care


At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Meet your future professors

  • Anita Gust

    Assistant Professor
  • Sharon Stewart

    Associate Professor
  • Steven Krouse

    Head Athletic Trainer

Student Stories

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    Congrats 2021 Exercise Science and Wellness Grads for 100% Acceptance Rate to Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Graduate Programs
    Our 2021 Exercise Science and Wellness (EXSW) program had a 100% acceptance rate into physical therapy (PT) or occupational therapy (OT) graduate programs! The following students will continue their education in their chosen programs. Bobby Chu was accepted into PT school at University of Pacific in Stockton and California State University, Northridge (Los Angeles, CA). Brooke VanOverbeke and Eli Jung will be attending PT school at Jamestown University in Fargo, ND. Katie Humhej will be attending PT school at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. Ashley Freund will be attending OT school at University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. Additionally, 2020 EXSW graduate Samantha Proctor, will join her former classmate Ashley, in OT at UND. PT and OT programs are very competitive and we are proud of our students for such an accomplishment!
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    Exercise Science and Wellness 2021 Graduates
    What are the next steps for our 2021 graduates (L-R)? Amanda Trandem: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certified and will work as an EMT; Katie Humhej: waiting on acceptance to Physical Therapy (PT) school from several Canadian programs; Brooke VanOverbeke: will attend PT school Jamestown University; Anita Gust: UMC Assistant Professor; Eli Jung: will attend PT school Jamestown University; and Jake Thyes: will be working on his Athletic Trainer application and has accepted a job at Achieve Therapy in Grand Forks, ND in the interim.
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    Research by recent graduate Kary Sheppard 2017, an exercise science and wellness major, took a look at a group of cardiac patients paired with a trained University of Minnesota Crookston student to continue their maintenance work at the wellness center on campus.
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    Brent Reed
    Majoring in exercise science and wellness at the University of Minnesota Crookston, Brent Reed works hard to positively influence the lives he comes into contact with on campus and in the community.