Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science (RESS) Department

Exercise, sport science, recreation and outdoor education are the studies of human movement —from developmental—to psychological and natural perspectives. To be a physical therapist, professional coach, or Wilderness First Responder, you’ll need a deep understanding of how the human body and mind work in clinical and natural settings.

Department Overview

Help individuals overcome physical and emotional adversity in unique ways.

From our renowned High Altitude Performance Laboratory to high-alpine trails, Western’s Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science programs educate students in disciplines that help people reach their full potential. Whether you want to enroll in the Clinical Exercise, Physical Education, or Health & Fitness program, you’ll develop skills that will prepare you for a career in athletic training, physical education and wellness coaching. You can also learn to lead among the peaks, rivers and trails that surround campus in Western’s Outdoor Environmental Education program and become a Wilderness First Responder along the way.

High Altitude Performance Laboratory

Exercise & Sport Science students gain exposure to cutting-edge research through the High Altitude Performance Laboratory (HAP Lab) located 7,717 feet above sea level.

Areas of Study

Clinical Exercise Science

Clinical Exercise Science

Emphasis

Exercise sport science

Exercise & Sport Science

Major | Minor | K-12 Licensure

Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science (RESS) Department

Health & Fitness

Emphasis

Exercise sport science

M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP)

Master of Science

Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science (RESS) Department

M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Outdoor Environmental Education

Outdoor Environmental Education

Emphasis

Outdoor Leadership

Outdoor Leadership

Emphasis

Physical Education

Physical Education

Minor | Emphasis | K-12 Licensure

Recreation

Recreation

Emphasis

Recreation and Outdoor Education

Recreation & Outdoor Education

Major | Minor

Sports Management

Sport & Fitness Management

Emphasis

Sport Psychology

Sport Psychology

Minor

Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Full-time juniors and seniors
  • Must be a declared major in Exercise & Sport Science
  • 3.0 GPA or greater
  • Show outstanding achievement in four of the following five areas (special talents, leadership, obstacles overcome, community service and unique endeavors)

Description

This scholarship is provided by the estate and family of Ernest Degutis. Award depends on funds available. Selected by: Western Exercise & Sport Science faculty in consultation with the Admissions Office and Financial Aid as needed. Award made at the end of the Spring Semester each year.

Application:

Contact the RESS Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2010 | Wright Gym 209

Eligibility

  • High School seniors to college seniors
  • Must have been involved in scouting program and attained rank of First Class Scout
  • Must be a graduate of a Western Slope high school
  • Preference will be given to Gunnison High School graduates who meet the criteria

Description

This scholarship is provided by the family to perpetuate the memory of Gary Dolezal, who was an example of scouting, citizenship and scholarship. Award depends on funds available

Application:

Please complete and submit Western's Common Scholarships Application.

Eligibility

  • ROE majors who show diversity and outstanding achievement

There are four Eastman Awards available:

1.) New Student Award
Open to both new freshmen and new transfer students. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and freshmen must also have a 21 ACT or 990 SAT. Students must also show a documented commitment to recreation as their major field of study at Western. Must show outstanding achievement in at least three of the following five areas:
  • Special Recreational Talents
  • Unique Recreational Endeavors
  • Obstacles Overcome
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
2.) Achievement Award
Available to junior and senior ROE majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must act as an outstanding role model in and out of the classroom and uphold the values of the recreation and leisure profession. Must show outstanding achievement in at least three of the following five areas:
  • Special Recreational Talents
  • Unique Recreational Endeavors
  • Obstacles Overcome
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
3.) Service to Humanity Award
Available to junior and senior ROE majors. Must provide documentation of their outstanding service project(s).
4.) Eastman Academic Award
Available to junior and senior ROE majors with a minimum GPA of 3.6 in the ROE program. Students must act as an outstanding academic role model.

Description

This scholarship is provided by Don Eastman, they are intended to recognize and encourage ROE majors who show diversity and outstanding achievement in the recreation field. Amount depends on fund availability. Selected by: ROE Faculty.

Application:

Contact the RESS Department for application and deadline information. 970.943.2010 | Wright Gym 209

The Ernest Degutis Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Exercise & Sport Science (ESS) majors with demonstrated excellence in academics and outstanding achievement in personal fields.
Eligibility Criteria:
  • ESS Major
  • Junior or senior class standing
  • 3.0 Minimum GPA
  • Demonstrated excellence in academics
  • Show outstanding achievement in four of the following:
    • Special talents
    • Leadership
    • Obstacles overcome
    • Community service
    • Unique endeavors
Application Procedures:
  • A written letter of application - please include local address
  • Unofficial transcript (may use DegreeWorks)
  • Two letters of recommendation from Western faculty or staff
    • Letters must NOT be from ESS department members
    • At least one letter must be from a faculty member
  • Essay addressing at least four of the five areas listed above

The Ernest Degutis Scholarship is Provided by:

Ernest Degutis Amount depends on fund availability.

Scholarship Recipients Selected by:

Western Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science (RESS) Faculty. Completed applications must be turned in to Terri in the RESS Department office in Wright Gym no later than the second Friday of April for the upcoming academic calendar year.

Eligibility

  • Exercise & Sport Science and Recreation & Outdoor Education majors
  • Full-time at Western

Description

This scholarship is provided by Alumni Donations. The Student Professional Development Fund is to support professional activities such as professional certification exams, conference attendance, research, or other professional preparation activities.

Approximately $400 awarded every semester.

Selected by: Western RESS faculty committee

Application:

Contact the RESS Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2010 | Wright Gym 209

Learn more about Western's Exercise & Sport Science Program.

Learn more about Western's Recreation & Outdoor Education Program.

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

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Department Chairperson

Lance Dalleck, Ph.D.

Professor of Exercise & Sport Science

Administrative Assistant

Terri Stinson

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

970.943.7129

970.943.7125

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Paul Wright Gym 209
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231