Welcome to the home page for the ESS-Exercise Science Program.

This program is specifically designed to meet the needs of students interested in careers in fitness, health, and related fields. The program also may be used as pre-professional preparation for graduate education in cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other programs related to health, allied health, and exercise science. To learn more about the degree and its requirements, please use the links on the left.

ACSM Endorsement The ESS-Exercise Science Program curriculum is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine at the Health/Fitness Specialist (HFS) level. A major goal of the program is to prepare students to sit for that examination at the end of their on-campus training.  NSCA Endorsement For successfully meeting established criteria, the National Strength and Conditioning Association officially recognize University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Program in Strength and Conditioning.  

For more information, please contact the Program Director.

Richard P. Mikat, Ph.D., FACSM
ESS-Exercise Science Program Director
129 Mitchell Hall
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 785-8177
Fax: (608) 785-8172
Email: mikat.rich@uwlax.edu