Dr. Ron Mendel

Teaching Area(s): Exercise Science

I could list the typical clichés about what makes Mount Union unique, but I truly believe that what makes it unique cannot be put into words. It is just a unique feeling one has when they are part of Mount Union. 

Exercise Science Tracks

Exercise science majors have the opportunity to choose one of the following two tracks to pursue depending on their intended career choice.

Exercise Science to Graduate Track
This exercise science track is designed for those students who need to attend a graduate program to obtain the necessary qualifications to pursue their intended career choice. The graduate programs include, but are not limited to:

Within the basic exercise science curriculum, these students will be required (in some cases) or recommended (in other cases) to take courses that will be beneficial to their graduate studies or required as a pre-requisite for graduate admissions. Additionally, the curriculum is designed to provide students the laboratory and research experiences needed to complete a thesis type research project including data collection and analysis. All in all, the graduate track is designed to prepare undergraduate students to be the best possible candidate for graduate school through traditional coursework and research.

Applied Track
This exercise science track is designed for those students who wish to directly enter the health-related fitness field after receiving their bachelor degree in exercise science from the University of Mount Union. The options for these students are as varied as they are for the Graduate School Track but do not require further schooling. These exercise science jobs include, but are not limited to:

  • Personal training
    Strength coach
  • Fitness instructor/director
  • Corporate wellness programming
  • Community wellness programming
  • Group exercise leader
  • Program directorships (YMCAs and other similar facilities)

Traditionally, the students with extensive and varied experiences will standout over those who do not have those experiences. It is our belief that traditional coursework is essential for a solid foundation of exercise physiology, but students must be able to put into practice what they learn. This track provides a wealth of experiential learning opportunities. Additionally, the curriculum is designed to provide students the laboratory and personal hands-on, real-world experiences needed to complete certification examinations offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Students ultimately determine which track they want to pursue depending on their intended career. However, students are quite often unsure of what they want to do so the exercise science program focuses on mentoring and advising the students from the very beginning. The curriculum is also designed so that students can change tracks up through the second year without inhibiting their graduation in a timely manner.

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