Human Performance

BVU’s human performance program provides students with a comprehensive and proactive academic and clinical education so that they can seek careers in a wide variety of health-related professions.

Hands-on experience

Students enhance their learning experience by working closely with highly qualified professors and practicing clinicians. They put theory into practice through research, co-curricular involvement, extensive hands-on learning opportunities, travel and internships.

Students may choose to work alongside BVU’s strength and conditioning coach or with an exercise science faculty member as part of BVU’s intraship program.

BVU’s human performance program offers excellent preparation for graduate or professional work in adult or corporate fitness, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, sports psychology, occupational therapy, podiatry, sports medicine, osteopathy or other professional allied healthcare fields.

Upon program completion, students are ready to take nationally-recognized certification exams to become Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) or Certified Personal Trainers (CPT).

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Top Notch Equipment

Human performance lab + more

Human performance students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment including the new human performance laboratory, which will include a Metabolic Cart to measure oxygen uptake in Fall 2017.

The department also utilizes the Fritcher Fitness Center which is 6,000 square feet and houses weight and cardio equipment.

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  • Sioux City Bandits
  • Spencer Hospital, Athletic Enhancement & Adult Wellness
  • U.S. Olympic Committee


  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Fitness and Health Center Director
  • Bally Total Fitness, Midwest Personal Training Supervisor
  • Sports Rehab & Professional Therapy Associates, Director of Rehab Services


Graduate School

  • University of South Dakota
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Dubuque  
  • Salisbury University

Major in Exercise Science: Human Performance (54 credit hours)

  • BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Physiology
  • EXSC 140 Functional Human Anatomy
  • EXSC 170 Fundamentals of Athletic Training
  • EXSC 180 Lifetime Health Management with Lab
  • EXSC 192 Introduction to Exercise Science
  • EXSC 200 History, Philosophy and Ethics of Sport
  • EXSC 202 Public and Community Health or EXSC 291 Current Health Issues
  • EXSC 251 First Aid and Injury Prevention
  • EXSC 295 Lower Level Internship in Exercise Science
  • EXSC 310 Nutrition
  • EXSC 321 Adapted Physical Education
  • EXSC 345 Facility and Event Management
  • EXSC 350 Biomechanics of Human Motion
  • EXSC 351 Motor Learning
  • EXSC 352 Exercise Physiology with Lab
  • EXSC 360 Physiological Principles of Conditioning
  • EXSC 435 Psycho-Social Dimensions of Sport
  • EXSC 495 Internship
  • EXSC 498 Human Performance Capstone
  • PSYC 100 General Psychology or PSYC 102 The Science of Psychology


Dr.   Shinichiro  Sugiura

Shinichiro “Shinbo” Sugiura

Program Director, Athletic Training

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   James  Farnsworth

James Farnsworth

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

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   Jamie  Schoenherr

Jamie Schoenherr

Instructor of Exercise Science

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