Health status has been shown to be related to many factors including illness and disease, but it’s also related to lifestyle, environmental exposures, social status, cultural affiliation, spiritual belief and access to health services. Our Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science offers the foundation for you to use strategies to help others reduce health risks and increase overall health, as well as evaluate and advocate for policies that influence public health for the common good. In Jesuit education it’s known as Cura Personalis. To our students it means looking at all aspects that affect individuals’ and communities’ health including social justice issues along with each individual’s unique circumstances, challenges and gifts. Be a change agent; help others make the most of their health by improving their well-being physically, mentally and socially.
Our Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science combines the following principles to optimize physical, mental and social wellbeing: behavioral health, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor behavior, nutrition, and psychology of sport.
Within the major, you will be taught by our 100% doctoral prepared School of Physical Therapy faculty; our professors are not just health care experts – they are compassionate, influential teachers, health care providers and policy makers.
The HES degree lays the foundation for careers in health and wellness, personal training or community health. Careers include Exercise Physiologists, Exercise Specialists, Personal Trainers, Fitness Center Managers, Health Coaches, and Wellness Directors. In addition to the course work included in this degree, there’s an optional internship for you to gain practical experience in community health, individual fitness or health policy settings.
Degree: Four-year degree including 128 semester hours includes preparation for the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) exercise specialist certification. With specific advising and use of electives, you can fulfill specific prerequisite coursework to enter professional post-baccalaureate programs in Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology and a variety of other health care fields.
Format: Full-time study on our campus in Denver, Colorado with classes Monday-Friday.
A minor in Health and Exercise Science is offered and is compatible with a number of undergraduate majors, including Biology, Neuroscience, and Psychology. Courses in the minor develop theoretical and practical knowledge related to the biological, mechanical, and behavioral basis for movement. The minor is designed so that students will experience the multidisciplinary foundations of human exercise and movement. Students who include the Health and Exercise Science minor in their education will be able to apply this knowledge to strategies designed to improve and optimize physical performance. The Health and Exercise Science minor, offered through the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, School of Physical Therapy is open to all Regis University students. The four required courses (12 semester hours) in the minor are upper division courses that may be taken in any sequence and are offered on our main campus in Denver, Colorado. The minor includes the following courses: HES 420 Functional Anatomy, HES 430 Physiology of Exercise, HES 440 Concepts of Motor Behavior, HES 450 Biomechanics of Exercise.