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Human Performance Concentration

Train hard to train better.

From helping sedentary individuals start incorporating movement into their daily routines to helping world-class athletes reach higher records, gain the tools to help a wide range of populations achieve their health goals.

Pursue a career as a strength and conditioning specialist — understanding the way the body works and how it responds to exercise, nutrition and actionable training plans.

Start with a 36-credit exercise science base — in kinesiology, exercise physiology, nutrition, evaluation and more. Then, go deeper into exercise testing and prescription, strength and conditioning, and coursework to help you build customized training plans.

Upon graduation, you will be able to assess the fitness status of particular populations, such as athletes, youth, elderly, obese and more, and design programs to improve areas of fitness such as cardiovascular and muscular endurance and strength, flexibility, body composition and stress management.

Special opportunities

  • Take advantage of the $1.3 million Center for Human Performance, which includes state-of-the-art equipment in exercise testing and rehabilitation
  • Train and work in our on-campus fitness facility, the Weider Fitness Center, named for honorary trustee and fitness entrepreneur Joe Weider
  • Study in one of the only institutions in the state of Missouri recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP)
  • Prepare thoroughly for the NCSA Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification Exam, or for other national certifications, including personal trainer and group fitness instructor.
  • Complete an internship in which you will apply what you have learned in the classroom to real-life experience under the direct supervision of professionals in the fitness industry
  • Participate in many on-campus fitness opportunities and promotions such as Freshman Peer Mentoring or the Health Hunt Wellness Program Advisory Team
  • Enjoy small class sizes and the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty who are dedicated to helping you map out your career goals and make them happen
  • Join various service learning projects throughout the year, including the opportunity to mentor incoming William Woods University students in fitness and nutrition
  • Create an online portfolio which showcases your certifications, coursework and professional goals

Our Human Performance degree at work

Pursue an exciting career as a/an:

  • Fitness instructor/coordinator
  • Strength and conditioning coach or specialist
  • Personal trainer
  • Wellness program director
  • Exercise physiologist
  • And others in the fitness industry, human performance, research, teaching, administrative or business roles


William Woods Exercise Science alumni are currently working for:

  • Health clubs locally and across the nation
  • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and testing centers
  • Wellness centers and corporate fitness facilities
  • Many graduates go on to graduate school to study a specialty area such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy,
  • Physician’s Assistant, Chiropractic and Dietetics.

Alumni Perspectives

The professors in my department were helpful in providing the resources and hands-on experience I needed to succeed. Without their assistance in the exercise science program, I would not have had the quantity and quality of job offers I was fortunate to have upon graduation. They truly cared about not only my education and experiences at William Woods, but what was best for me personally.

— Abbey Stock, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science


The human performance concentration within the BS in Exercise Science at William Woods University consists of a 37-hour exercise science core curriculum with a 24-hour human performance focus.


Admissions Information

Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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