Exercise physiologists, cardiac rehabilitation therapists, strength coaches and rehabilitation specialists all have the power to positively influence the quality of people’s lives. With the demand in sport science specialists expected to grow 13% through 2024, you’ll be well-prepared to pursue a secure and meaningful career.
Gain the experience, training and confidence to excel.
As an HAEP 3+2 student, you can earn your bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sport Science or Biology and Master of Science in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology in just five years. Early exposure to cutting-edge research through the High Altitude Performance Laboratory (HAP Lab)—7,717 feet above sea level—will enable you to gain career-ready skills normally found only in graduate school. In fact, you can start building your resume by shadowing practicing clinicians or becoming a research assistant within the Exercise and Sport Science Department. By the graduate portion of the program, you’ll pursue research topics of your choice, publish in scientific journals and work closely with real clients and subjects.
In the graduate portion of the M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science program, students pursue the research topics of their choice, publish in scientific journals and work closely with real clients and subjects.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
|ESS 600||Advanced Statistics||3||View|
|ESS 601||Quantitative Research Methods||3||View|
|ESS 605||Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation-Lab||3||View|
|ESS 606||Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation-Field||3||View|
|ESS 640||Environmental Exercise Physiology I||3||View|
|ESS 641||Environmental Physiology II||3||View|
|ESS 650||Thesis Proposal Development||3||View|
|ESS 675||Clinical Exercise Programming-Lab||3||View|
|ESS 685||Cardiopulmonary Physiology||3||View|
|ESS 698||Practicum/ Intership||1-6||View|
Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.
Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.
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Alumni Association Future Alumni ScholarshipThe Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western. Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.
- This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
- Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
- GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).
Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:
- This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
- Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
- The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
- The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
- GPA must be 2.0 or above (high school or college of transfer).
The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.
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 Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western's highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
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.
Graduate in just 5 years with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.
- B.S. in Exercise & Sport Science with an emphasis in Clinical Exercise Physiology: A comprehensive major grounded in the natural sciences with a heightened focus on exercise science and working with clinical populations and athletes.
- B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Health Sciences: If you’re interested in becoming occupational therapists, physician assistants and cardiac rehab therapists.
- M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology: A graduate degree that will prepare you for a career in performance, academia, research or clinical practice, as well as further study in the discipline of exercise science.
Wellness Elevated is a partnership between the Department of Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science (ESS) and the medical community of the Gunnison Valley. It provides an evidence-based, supervised exercise programs for people living with clinical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, Parkinson’s Disease and many others.
Make your education a life changing experience.
A college education is so much more than just taking classes. Expand your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.
- Wellness Elevated: Work with clinical populations and their exercise programming for a semester or more.
- Assistantships: Gunnison Valley Health collaborates with the HAEP program to set up five full tuition research assistantship positions with the rehabilitation department.
- Shadowing: Opportunities to shadow practicing clinicians exist both locally and throughout the United States.
- Research Funding: Apply for research stipends from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) that range in the thousands of dollars. All projects are published in ACE’s ProSource magazine and submitted to various journals.
- Paid Positions: At the end of their fourth year, students can apply to be a paid trainer in our Wellness Elevated program, where they perform fitness assessments, write exercise prescriptions and train clients.
High Altitude Performance Laboratory
Early exposure to cutting-edge research through the High Altitude Performance Laboratory (HAP Lab)—7,717 feet above sea level—enables students to gain career-ready skills normally found only in graduate school.