Jul 23, 2024  
2024 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) 
2024 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL)

Exercise & Wellness Studies (B.S.) - Hegis Code 1299.30

The Exercise & Wellness Studies program within the Physical Education, Exercise & Wellness Studies (PXW) department prepares students for careers in the exercise science or health & wellness fields.

Students in the “Exercise Science (concentration) work in the health and fitness industry, and are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors for health promotion. They conduct these activities in university, corporate, commercial or community settings where their clients participate in health promotion and fitness-related activities.  As an integral part of the health and wellness team, Exercise Science Professionals can work with Personal Fitness Trainers and Exercise Physiologists in a number of different settings, such as corporate, clinical, community, and commercial fitness and wellness centers (entrepreneurship). Exercise Science Professionals work with the apparently healthy population and clients with controlled disease, leading and demonstrating these clients in safe and effective methods of exercise. The Exercise Science Professional can also assess risk factors and identify (not diagnosed) the health status of clients.”1  

Students in the Health & Wellness concentration prepare for careers as health/wellness professionals in private business and industry, community organizations, and health care settings working with groups and individuals. 

Students in both concentrations are taught using a range of methods by which health promotion can be achieved.  The program utilizes adventure programming (structured learning exercises characterized by perceived or real risk or challenge) and experiential education principles as the foundation for its curriculum. 

To graduate, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required. 

Each student’s academic file will be reviewed every semester. Students who do not meet the retention criteria including, but not limited to, grade, ethics, or fieldwork/internship site requirements for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the program.  In the case of dismissal, a letter outlining the reasons for dismissal will be issued by the department to the student. Students may appeal the decision to the Academic Standards Committee.

During fieldwork or internships, students are required to follow site policies and procedures including those related to physical examinations and immunizations. Malpractice insurance is required for internships.

Students wishing to teach K-12 physical education or health education should select the B.S. Physical Education and Health Education degree.

Program Learning Objectives

PXW Major Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written formats.

  • Understand the needs of diverse students, clients, families, and/or colleagues.

  • Develop leadership skills necessary to be an effective teaching/health & wellness professional.

  • Engage in professional development and/or professional organizations.


Health & Wellness Concentration Learning Objectives:

  • Apply concepts and theories of health and wellness to promote healthy lifestyles.

  • Recognize the importance of interprofessional collaboration in the delivery of safe, high quality care within the field.


Exercise Science Concentration Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the ability to assess a person’s health status and risk factors, conduct fitness testing, and prescribe and administer exercise programs.

  • Recognize the importance of interprofessional collaboration in the delivery of safe, high quality care within the field.

Academic Requirements

(+ Requires a “C” minimum grade for undergraduate program progression)

(* May also be used to satisfy Utica University Core requirements)

Core/General Education Requirements

Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.

14 Credit Hours

21 Credit Hours

46 Credit Hours

5 Credit Hours

25 Credit Hours

26 Credit Hours

Program Credits

Core/General Education 34 Credits
Major Course Requirements 14 Credits
Major Related Course Requirements 21 Credits
Exercise Science Concentration 46 Credits
Exercise Science Electives 5 Credits
Health and Wellness Concentration 25 Credits
Health and Wellness Electives 26 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120 Credits