Exercise Science at Lakeland University

Earn Your Exercise Science Degree at Lakeland University

Our Exercise Science program – with its broad curriculum, numerous Cooperative Education and/or internship possibilities, and potential opportunities to conduct and present research at international and national conferences – will give you a competitive edge as you pursue your career goals!

In the past 6 years:

  • 100% of the students who applied for graduate school or professional school (e.g. Doctorate of Physical Therapy) have been admitted.
  • 100% of the students who applied for graduate assistantships or research fellowships were awarded them.
  • 100% of the students who went to professional schools, succeeded or are succeeding at a high level.
  • 100% acceptance of all submitted peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers and research abstracts.
  • 100% of students have engaged in 2 to 7 internships or research experiences while at Lakeland.
Cooperative Education

State-Of-The-Art Labs

Graduate / Professional School

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Exercise Science at Lakeland University

Gain Experience & Develop Your Knowledge

Interested in a career such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, chiropractic medicine, physician assistant, strength and conditioning, personal training, wellness, or dietetics? The Exercise Science major is ideal.

Our combination of curriculum — including exciting new rehabilitation courses — multiple Co-Op and/or internships experiences, and world-class research productivity make us uniquely suited to help students achieve their career goals.

From the moment students walk onto campus, we work with them on a career development plan and help them understand all the things it takes to reach their goal. We help them optimize their chance of being accepted into competitive professional or graduate schools, or obtain the career of their choice. We offer the prerequisite courses for acceptance into these programs, or to prepare students for a variety of other careers.

What Makes Our Program Unique?

  • A thorough understanding of the human body and its response to physical activity and training
  • Hands-on practical learning and assessment of human health and performance in the state-of-the art Feldmann Exercise & Sport Science Lab
  • Exposure and interactions with practitioners
  • Numerous Cooperative Education and internship possibilities
  • Applied sports science program with Muskie Athletics
  • Opportunities to conduct and present research at regional and national conferences

Students who have successfully completed a B.S. in Exercise Science from Lakeland University will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills and techniques, while identifying the errors in reasoning that impair critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the exercise science foundational content areas.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of psychological theory as applied to sport, fitness, and rehabilitation.
  • Apply theoretical and practical exercise science knowledge via the creation of multimodal programs.
  • Explain the requisite theoretical knowledge and perform exercise and fitness testing for healthy and affected populations.
  • Communicate using technical precision, in oral and written modes.
  • Demonstrate virtues related to professionalism including punctuality, attendance, active investment, initiative, politeness, respect, appreciation, social perspective taking, and good judgment.


What are some careers available to me?
Physician Assistant
Phyiscal Therapist
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Athletic Trainer
Health Informatics Specialist
Occupational Therapist

*Data provided by Job Center of Wisconsin's Occupational Employment & Wage Statistics for Physical Therapists.

Top-of-the-Line Equipment

Thanks to a generous gift from Lakeland University alum, Cliff Feldmann, the new Feldmann Exercise Science Laboratory includes an academic laboratory and a research laboratory outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment that includes:

  • Two large-surface Advanced Mechanical Technology AccuPower force platforms, deployed in a unique side-by-side orientation, countersunk and flush with the floor
  • A Delsys Bagnoli four electromyography system, with a Delsys trigger module and third-party instrument integration for bi-axial goniometer, accelerometer and load cells
  • A Delsys Bagnoli two-electromyography system
  • A Lactate Plus blood lactate meter
  • iWorx metabolic analyzer
  • A COSMED Pony FX desktop spirometer
  • A Speed Trap II infrared timing system
  • A BK precision thermo anemometer
  • A Woodway ELG 70 sports performance treadmill
  • A Monark 839E electronic testing cycle ergometer
  • A Freemotion F624 functional trainer
  • Powertec and Power Systems resistance training, plyometric and speed development equipment
  • Carolina Biological Supply anatomical models

Interactive Teaching

This cutting-edge equipment allows interactive teaching of and research on force, power, balance, and muscle activation analysis during gait, sprinting, jumping, resistance training, and activities of daily living. These instruments can also be used to determine body composition, lung functioning, blood lactate accumulation, and metabolic capacity of athletic and untrained people.

Lakeland students and faculty have recently presented research at a variety of venues, including the conferences such as: International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, American College of Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainer’s Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American College of Sports Medicine-Midwest Regional Chapter, Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association, Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, Wisconsin Athletic Trainer’s Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association-Wisconsin State Chapter, and the International Conference on Sports Medicine, Physical Rehabilitation, and Physiotherapy.

In recent years, Exercise Science faculty and students have given 77 research presentations at professional conferences at the state, regional, national, and international levels. In order to present this research, students and faculty must complete a competitive submission process, often times against graduate student researchers. Lakeland University students presented the third most research of any institution in the world, at the 2020 International Society of Biomechanics in Sport, Annual Symposium.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is all about hands-on learning outside the classroom. Students learn more by doing. They gain real-world knowledge and earn academic credit for hands-on professional work experience — and coursework is centered around these real-life experiences, situations and career goals.

Lakeland students explore their interests and, when they graduate, feel confident they will find a career in which they are passionate.

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First Time Freshman

  • Step 1: Complete an application online.
  • Step 2: Submit official high school transcripts directly to Lakeland University.

Transfer Students

  • Step 1: Complete an application online.
  • Step 2: Request official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended to be sent directly to Lakeland University.
    • Students who have NOT completed 12 transferrable credits MUST submit official high school transcripts.

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Admission Requirements

Once your application is received, your Lakeland University admissions counselor will be in touch.

  • Lakeland University accepts a high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above or the equivalent of a high school diploma.
  • Lakeland University accepts transfer students who have earned at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and are in good standing at other accredited institutions of higher learning.
  • We review each application on an individual basis.

*Exceptions to the above admission criteria may be granted for students with a cumulative GPA range from 1.75 to 1.99 if the academic experience that resulted in the less than 2.0 GPA was more than two years ago. Furthermore, typically students with a cumulative GPA range from 1.50 to 1.75 will only be considered if the poor academic performance experience that resulted in the less than 2.0 GPA was more than five years ago. Students receiving an exception will be admitted conditionally.

Meet Our Exercise Science Faculty

Academic Affairs |
Main Campus (Traditional) |
Andrew Karls, Ph.D.

Andrew Karls, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology, Director LURE program

Academic Affairs |
Main Campus (Traditional) |
Fred Brown, MS

Fred Brown, MS

Associate Adjunct Faculty

Katelyn Peterson, DPT

Katelyn Peterson, DPT

Additional, Non-LU, Adjunct Faculty

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