Course Descriptions

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Teresa Dilley, M.A.
Coordinator, Exercise Science
Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor

Help others commit to a healthy lifestyle and achieve their fitness goals with the Exercise Science Minor.


Minor in Exercise Science

The UMKC School of Education and School of Nursing and Health Studies collaborate to offer a minor in Exercise Science.  Students will learn how exercise and the human body intersect and how to implement and evaluate evidence-based health assessments for specific populations. Students will identify specific anatomical considerations, physical conditioning requirements, diet and exercise regimens, and injury prevention strategies needed to improve physical health outcomes.

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What will the program look like?

The Exercise Science Minor requires 23 hours of courses in personal wellness, anatomy and physiology, human movement, fitness assessment and more with additional courses in weight training and first aid strongly recommended but not required. Details can be found in the UMKC Course Catalog.

Who benefits from this degree?

The Minor in Exercise Science is a good fit for those interested in pursuing careers in fitness, coaching, or health promotion. It will also appeal to students who are pursuing careers in allied health and are preparing to enter programs in occupational or physical therapy.

What’s next?

Students interested in adding the Exercise Science Minor to their undergraduate degree should contact the Coordinator of the Exercise Science program.