Apply today, and begin your journey to your health, wellness, and fitness career.

Our five undergraduate majors are designed to teach you the communication and problem-solving skills needed for academic and professional success--and to empower you to meet your career goals in the health, wellness, and fitness fields.

Explore undergraduate programs

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BA in Health Studies

Gain a broad and flexible education in the health sciences and prepare for careers or graduate studies in a wide variety of health-related fields.


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BS in Human Physiology

Explore the science of how the human body functions in health and disease. If you want to go on to study medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, occupational therapy, chiropractic, optometry, physician assistance, or the basic life sciences, this is the right major for you.

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BS in Exercise Science

Learn the science, practice, and health impacts of physical fitness, physical activity, nutrition, and conditioning. If your goal is to become a coach, fitness professional, or to go on to graduate studies in fields such as clinical exercise science, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, this major will prepare you for success.

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BS in Health Promotion

Study the science behind physical fitness, physical activity, sport nutrition, and sport conditioning--and use your communication and problem-solving skills to help individuals improve their physical, mental, and social well-being.

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BS in Therapeutic Recreation

Learn to provide recreation programs that improve and maintain the physical, emotional, mental, and social functioning of patients and consumers. Choose from a certification track or inclusive recreation track, which specializes in working with people with disabilities.

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BS in Sport and Recreation Management

On-campus or online

Master the business side of sports and recreation at one of the nation's hottest campuses for athletics, or earn your Iowa education from anywhere in the world.


Certificates & Authorization

Undergraduate to graduate programs (U2G)

Undergraduate Programs

Only a major research university with a world-class teaching hospital and an extensive health sciences campus can offer you resources and opportunities like ours.

There are many potential career paths in the health professions--so we offer a range of educational and training programs to help you decide on a direction and get you where you want to be.

Our students come from many backgrounds. When they graduate, they go on to careers as physicians, physical therapists, physician assistants, community health promoters, researchers, coaches, fitness trainers, health information specialists, nutritionists, and cardiac/pulmonary rehab experts, just to name a few possibilities. They work in clinics, hospitals, community centers, schools, correctional institutions, fitness centers, nonprofit organizations, yoga studios, and other health- and wellness-focused environments.

We invite you to join us and launch your own rewarding career in the health, wellness, and fitness fields. Apply, schedule a visit, or request information today!

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Coming in 2025: a new home for Health and Human Physiology