Department Vision

The mission of the Department of Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation is consistent with the College´s mssion in its commitment to providing students with professional, ethical, and exciting educational experiences through modern, effective pedagogical approaches. Baccalaureate programs offered in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), and Physical Education and Recreation with emphases in Exercise Science (PES), and Outdoor Recreation Management (REC) provide a broad discipline approach for optimal promotion of physical activity, recreation, fitness, health, wellness, and quality of life for all. These programs are complimented with opportunities for baccalaureate-level study in Integrated Studies with areas of emphasis in both Physical Education and Recreation. These degrees are supported by associate degrees (AA/AS) offered in Physical Education or Recreation. The curricula are balanced in theory and application and are specifically designed to provide students with experiential education that promotes leadership, teamwork, community service, values, diversity, and life long learning. To best serve our students, curricula have been designed to reflect current market demands. Depending on the specific area of study, graduates from this program will possess exceptional knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Coaching
  • Exercise Science
  • Experiental Education
  • Health & Fitness Promotion
  • Kinesiology
  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Physical Education Pedagogy
  • Recreation
  • Resource Management

In addition to preparing students for vocational opportunities or graduate study in related fields, the program is intended to prepare all students for a variety of professional certifications offered in their respective fields of study. Department faculty work collaboratively and strive to support the mission through our commitment to outstanding teaching, mentorship, service, and professional development.

The Department of Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation is excited to announce that we are offering two new 4-year degrees. One new degree offers a BA or BS in Physical Education with a choice of emphasis in Exercise Science or Outdoor Recreation Management. Students completing the Exercise Science emphasis will be qualified for a variety of jobs including, personal training, fitness and health promotion, exercise testing, corporate wellness, clinical exercise physiology, coaching. This is also a great major that could lead to acceptance into medical, dental, physical therapy and other professional or graduate schools.

There has been considerable interest in the Exercise Science emphasis. The curriculum has been designed to address student needs and market demand. The program is rigorous, but fun and rewarding. Several of the classes offer a great balance between classroom information and laboratory experiences. This gives students the chance to practice and understand better what they are learning in the classroom. We have an exercise science laboratory with the ability to test body composition, VO2 max, lactate levels, anaerobic power, blood pressure and heart rate responses to exercise, and several other exercise parameters. We have developed information packets for students that are available in the Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation Department. Jeannine Rushing is the advisor and is available to help students with any questions that they may have. She can be contacted at 801.863.8676 or

The second emphasis in the new Exercise Science & Outdoor Recreation Bachelors degrees are in Outdoor Recreation Management.

The second new Bachelors degree is the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) degree. This program is designed to prepare quality candidates to teach developmentally appropriate physical education to all K-12 students. Successful completion of this program leads to Licensure in the State of Utah.

Graduates from the UVU Physical Education K-12 Teacher Education (PETE) program will be specifically qualified to teach developmentally appropriate physical education to the increasingly diverse population of students in the K-12 schools in the State of Utah. Their preparation will help meet the anticipated demands for quality elementary, as well as secondary physical educators in the twenty-first century. Dr. Shaunna McGhie is the new PETE program coordinator and can be contacted at

There is also a new minor in Physical Education which can be combined with other college-wide Bachelor degrees. The minor provides students with a broad academic knowledge of the foundational and scientific principles in the field of Physical Education as well as exposure to teaching Physical Education and or coaching in the public schools.