Discovering Your Passion in Education at Iowa Wesleyan University is more than attending a comprehensive university; it is a commitment to something greater–YOU

The Exercise Science and Wellness Major provides you with a lab- based education with experienced educators who are current in the field. You will learn in updated facilities with current and up-to-date physical education and fitness equipment, as well as new technology and labs.

You will gain “real world,” hands-on experiential learning in the classroom, as well as training campus and community members in our Fitness Center. With required internships, Iowa Wesleyan provides the opportunity to experience different careers which develops great networking connections for increased employment opportunities upon graduation.

The Exercise Science and Wellness major prepare students to develop and work in programs with either non-athletic or athletic population.

This major has the courses needed for those interested in becoming a certified strength coach, personal trainer, fitness instructor or fitness trainer, or an interest in careers in physical or occupational therapy. These positions are found in the college/university setting, private club setting, and industrial fitness and wellness centers. This major will study the effects of exercise on mental, emotional, social, spiritual, as well as the physical side of being healthy. Studying the effects of aging and stress in regard to wellness is also emphasized.


  • Personal Trainer
  • PT Assistant
  • Corporate Fitness
  • Fitness Facility Manager


  • Physical Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer

Download Exercise Science and Wellness Checksheet for required courses.

Exercise Science and Wellness Major Checklist

Exercise Science and Wellness Minor

Iowa Wesleyan offers a minor in Exercise Science and Wellness for those interested in learning more on the subject or supplementing their careers as personal trainers or fitness instructors. Students in Sport Management, Psychology, Physical Education, and Criminal Justice are often interested in this minor.

Exercise Science and Wellness Minor Checklist