Degrees and Programs

BS/BA Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation - Concentration in Exercise Science

Program Description:  The Exercise Science curriculum has been designed to address student needs and current market demands.  Through practical experiences in laboratory settings using state of the art equipment such as the Biodex S4, students are exposed to real life rehabilitation experiences as well as researching functional abilities and performance aspects of collegiate athletes.  Additional classroom and lab experiences allow students to conduct 3-D motion analysis, measure muscle activity using wireless EMG technology, and analyze gait patterns using the GaitRite System, as well as conducting assessments to determine maximum oxygen uptake (VO2 Max), body composition, and anaerobic power.  

Students completing the Exercise Science Concentration will be qualified for several different graduate school programs and a variety of careers including fitness and health promotion, exercise testing, strength and conditioning, corporate wellness, clinical exercise physiology, cardiac rehab, etc.  This major can also lead to acceptance into medical, dental, physical or occupational therapy and other graduate or professional schools.

Learning Outcomes for Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation - Concentration in Exercise Science

In obtaining this degree, students will learn how to:

  • Exercise critical thinking by making decisions based on multiple perspectives and evidence-based practice.
  • Interact and communicate effectively by presenting information in oral, written, and technology formats.
  • Effectively evaluate health behavior and risk factors.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate exercise and wellness programs, and employ behavioral strategies to motivate individuals to adopt and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors.
  • Demonstrate behavior that preserves the integrity of a profession, prevents misrepresentation, and protects consumers.
  • Uphold a professional image through competency of skill and employment of best practices within their fields.

BS/BA Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation - Concentration in Outdoor Recreation

Program Description:  In addition to a strong background in recreation theory, experiential education, outdoor leadership, risk management and program planning, graduates of this program leave with a proficiency in a variety of both land and water-based skill acquisition courses, such as avalanche awareness, whitewater kayaking and backpacking. More than preparation for a career in the outdoor field, the major in Outdoor Recreation Management grooms students for a lifetime of outdoor participation and leadership.

Careers:  Students completing the Outdoor Recreation Management emphasis are prepared for positions in all areas of the outdoor industry, including public and commercial recreation, wilderness therapy programs, guide services, state parks, federal land management agencies, and the Forestry Service.

Learning Outcomes for Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation - Concentration in Outdoor Recreation

In obtaining this degree, students will learn how to:

  • Students will express satisfaction with opportunities for applied learning, service learning, and learning through coursework and practicum/internship.
  • Students will express satisfaction with the program’s breadth and depth of opportunities to improve students’ outdoor skills.
  • Students will express satisfaction with their ability to create and implement programs in the field of recreation.
  • Students will be comfortable and effective creating and carrying our group activities.
  • With professional preparation in mind, students would feel comfortable recommending this program to peers with similar professional goals.

BS in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)

Program Description:  Graduates from the Physical Education K-12 Teacher Education (PETE) program will be prepared to meet all standards for Utah licensure for K-12 Physical Education.  They should also be prepared to meet most standards for certification in the rest of the 49 states, since the National Initial Physical Education Teacher Education Standards have been used to develop, assess, and update the program on an annual basis. The focus of this program is on enhancing student outcomes – both for university students and for their future students. Outcomes that should be met by the end of the program include scientific and theoretical knowledge, skill and fitness based competency, planning and implementation, instructional delivery and management, impact on student learning, and professionalism. PETE majors learn to individualize instruction to enhance learning for all students, regardless of their abilities.

Careers:  Successful completion of the Physical Education Teacher Education degree leads to Licensure in the State of Utah. Graduates from the PETE program will be specifically qualified to teach physical education to the increasingly diverse population of students in K-12 schools in the State of Utah. Their preparation will help meet the anticipated demands for elementary, as well as secondary physical educators in the twenty-first century.   Many graduates from the PETE Program also coach at their respective schools.

Learning Outcomes for Bachelors Degree in Physical Education - Teacher Education (PETE)

In obtaining this degree, students will learn how to:

  • Know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals.
  • Physical education teacher candidates are physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competent movement performance and health-enhancing fitness as delineated in the NASPE K – 12 Standards.
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local, state and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students.
  • Use effective communication and pedagogical skills and strategies to enhance student engagement and learning.
  • Use assessments and reflection to foster student learning and inform decisions about instruction.
  • Demonstrate dispositions essential to becoming effective professionals.

AS/AA Degree in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation

Program Description:  Students who complete an Associate's Degree in Exercise Science and have received the basic knowledge necessary to continue their education in a Bachelor's Program or pursue employment in the Fitness industry.

Careers:  An Associate's Degree in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation prepares students to pursue employment in the Fitness industry.  Possible positions might include personal trainers, group fitness instructors, fitness coordinators, sport coaches or other entry level positions in a fitness, recreational or clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes for AS/AA Degree in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation

In obtaining this degree, students will learn how to:

  • Exercise critical thinking
  • Interact and communicate effectively
  • Uphold a professional image
  • Express satisfaction with opportunities for applied learning

Minor in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation

Program Description:  In the Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation Minor students complete courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Sport Medicine, Exercise Testing and Prescription, and Exercise Physiology.  The program is designed to prepare students for employment at the entry level in health and fitness related occupations as well as for higher education.

Careers:  Students who complete a Minor in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation have received the basic knowledge necessary to continue their education in a Bachelor's Program or pursue employment in the Fitness industry.  Possible positions might include personal trainers, group fitness instructors, fitness coordinators, sport coaches or other entry level positions in a recreational or clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes for Minor in Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation

In obtaining this degree, students will learn how to:

  • Exercise critical thinking
  • Interact and communicate effectively
  • Uphold a professional image

Minor in Outdoor Recreation

Program Description:  Students pursuing a minor in Outdoor Recreation complete foundation courses such as Backpacking, Foundations of Recreation, Principles of Experiential Education, Program Planning, and Risk Management as well as a wilderness based activity course and 6 credits of Upper Division Recreation Electives.

Careers: Students who complete a minor in Outdoor Recreation have received the basic knowledge necessary to add an Outdoor Recreation component to their major area of study.  The Minor in Outdoor Recreation will extend students’ skills and knowledge and prepare them for employment in government entities, municipal recreation, youth agencies, as well as private business in the outdoor recreation industry.

Learning Outcomes for Minor in Outdoor Recreation

In obtaining this degree, students will learn how to:

  • Express satisfaction with opportunities for applied learning
  • Comfortable and effective carrying our group activities
  • Express satisfaction with opportunities for applied learning, service learning, and learning through coursework

BA/BS in Integrated Studies

For those completing the Bachelor Degree in Integrated Studies (IS), many opportunities exist for advanced and professional degrees (law school, medical and dental schools, MBA, MPA, etc) and in the business environment. Many employers seek students with skills gained from liberal arts programs like Integrated Studies. These skills include the ability to comprehend diverse material, to write clearly, to think critically, to work cooperatively, and to become adept at problem solving.

The individualized nature of the Integrated Studies degree is attractive to students with multiple interests who want to develop skills that are relevant to a variety of careers. Students integrate course work in emphases such as science, business, health, literature, languages, communication, philosophy, behavioral science, social science and the arts. Emphases from computer science and information systems, accounting, technology and trades and physical education are also offered as part of this degree.