Wartburg’s exercise science major combines the school’s long tradition of success in health sciences with its dominance in athletics to create a program that will help fill a growing demand in a wide range of health-related fields. Students get to know faculty in a very personalized environment.

In the first year of the program, exercise science students will take many of the same courses as students in the college’s renowned biology program. During the second year, the programs will start to diverge when exercise science students begin taking courses specific to their major, including human nutrition, advanced exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription, kinesiology, and a “current topics” course. Though not required, students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship where they can observe, plan, and implement fitness programs in a real-world setting.

Graduates can go on to study athletic training or physical therapy in graduate school, attend nursing or medical school, or further study one of the core areas in exercise science. Those seeking immediate entry into the workforce can find opportunities in commercial, community, corporate, and clinical health-fitness facilities.

Program Goals

To develop content expertise in the foundational areas of exercise science. These include: anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, and exercise testing and prescription.

To prepare students for professional school training in physical therapy, strength and conditioning, athletic training, and medical and other health professions.

To prepare students for students for master's and doctoral programs in kinesiology, exercise physiology and biochemistry, and nutrition.

To prepare students to enter the workforce as strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, and laboratory technicians.


Wartburg is the first NCAA Division III school to utilize the Elite Form motion-capture system throughout its entire weight room, allowing for unique student-faculty research opportunities and better leveraging of the connections between intercollegiate athletics and academics.


The Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center houses the Health & Human Performance Department.

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Rachael Chapman

Health & Human Performance Coordinator and Interim Instructor

Patricia Dietz

Associate Professor of Exercise Science, HHP Department Chair

Danny Drees

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Philip Spitzer

Health & Human Performance Instructor/ Lab Director