Fitness Track Courses and Advising

The Exercise Science Program Fitness Track is specifically designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the fitness industry - such as strength and conditioning coach, fitness or wellness center manager, etc.

Courses (Downloadable Documents)

  • Advising Program Sheet (list of all required courses for the Fitness Track)
  • 4-Year Plan Note: This downloadable plan is only a suggestion and many students will choose to modify this plan to make it fit their personal, professional, and/or educational needs.

Mass Advising PowerPoint Show

For Students Interested in Applying for Admission to the Program

  • Words of Advice
    • Choose a track (Fitness or Pre-professional) as soon as possible and declare your major with that track early in your academic career. Ideally, this is done before or during the freshman year.
    • Take the required courses for application to the program as soon as possible.
    • Consider, with your long-term plan in mind, when you want to apply to the program. Most students apply during their sophomore year.
    • Recognize that it may take you two attempts to get accepted.  Once accepted it will take you three or more semesters plus an internship (fitness track only) to complete your degree.
    • Take ESS 302 early in your academic career as it is a prerequisite for many other courses you will need.
    • Students in the Pre-professional track should take MTH 150 (or equivalent) and CHM 103 early in their academic careers as they are prerequisites for several other courses.
    • Earning certifications, attending workshops, or independent study may count as elective credits toward your degree.  Approval for these is determined by the ESS-Exercise Science Program Director.
    • Have a clear back-up plan if you are not admitted to the ESS-Exercise Science Program.
    • Experience is important for admission to and success in the ESS-Exercise Science Program.
    • Follow the link to the left for detailed instructions on applying for admission.

  • Other Issues to Consider
    • The number of qualified applicants to the program each semester is typically higher than the program's capacity.
    • The number of students admitted each semester depends on available departmental resources such as classroom seats, faculty/staff to cover course sections, etc.
    • Second-time applicants receive two additional points on their application.
    • Not all second-time applicants are admitted.

For Students Already Admitted in the Program

  • Words of Advice
    • Use the timetable provided on the registration website to create a schedule for your remaining semesters at UW-L.
    • Carefully review prerequisites for remaining courses (including General Education) to ensure you take your final classes in the best possible sequence.
    • Generally speaking, you will need to take lower numbered courses before higher numbered courses. For example, take ESS 302 and 303 before ESS 368 and 446.
    • Take one ESS 100 class per semester.
    • Review both fall and spring semester schedules for potential time conflicts.
    • Generate a back up plan if you can't get into a class when you want it.
    • Recognize that after being admitted to the program, it will take three or more semesters of coursework (plus an internship if you're in the Fitness Track) to complete your degree.
    • Maintain your involvement in fitness and/or pre-professional activities, organizations, and research.
    • Take one of the suggested certification examinations before (or shortly after) you complete your degree requirements.

  • Other Issues to Consider
    • ESS 320 is offered fall, spring, and summer semesters. To take 320 in the summer, you must receive approval from the ESS-Exercise Science Program Director prior to registration.
    • It is recommended that you have at least 302 and 368 prior to taking 320.
    • It is recommended that you take ESS 446 during your last semester of undergraduate courses.
    • For Fitness-Track students, ESS 449 (Senior Seminar) is taken the semester before your internship (during your last semester of undergraduate courses).  Credit checks and other final graduation requirements are covered in this class.  Cover letters, resumes, interviewing, and other job-related topics will also be discussed.  Most students will search for and select an internships site while taking this course.