Dual Degree Program in ESS: Pre-Professional Track and Athletic Training

The ES/AT Dual Degree Program enables a student to receive both a Bachelor of Science degree in the ESS: exercise science pre-professional major and a Master of Science degree in athletic training. Students apply for admission to the ESS: exercise science pre-professional major first, and then later, to the Athletic Training Graduate Program. Students typically complete the undergraduate requirements in three years followed by 23 months in the Athletic Training Graduate Program.

Admission to the program

Students are selected into the Athletic Training Graduate Program through a competitive application process. Participation in the undergraduate ES/AT Dual Degree Program does not guarantee admission to the Athletic Training Graduate Program.

To be considered for admission to the ES/AT Dual Degree Program, the student must:

  1. Be a current student accepted into the ESS: Exercise Science Pre-Professional Track Program and who has completed at least 60 undergraduate credits.
  2. Have a minimum cumulative UWL GPA of 3.0.

Priority application deadline for enrollment in the graduate program is December 1. After December 1, rolling admissions will follow. Application is through Athletic Training Central Application System (ATCAS).

Students admitted into the Athletic Training Graduate Program must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in all course work (4.0 scale) and have a clinical evaluation score of 3.0 or above (5.0 scale). Failure to meet any one of these retention criteria requires the student to be on probationary status. If the student does not meet all criteria in two consecutive terms, the student will be removed from the program.

If a student is accepted into the Athletic Training Graduate Program and chooses not to continue, a maximum of nine credit hours can be utilized to complete the ESS: Exercise Science Pre-Professional Track Program. Additional courses to complete the ESS: Exercise Science Pre-Professional Track Program include CHM 104, ESS 383, and a BIO or MIC course (excluding BIO 105, BIO 312, and BIO 313) .

If a student chooses to leave the program and wants to re-enter later, they must seek the approval from the Athletic Training Program Committee. Courses are taught once per academic year and therefore, the student should resume when the next needed course is offered.

Graduation requirements

Bachelor of Science

  • All courses required in the undergraduate ESS: exercise science pre-professional track portion of the ES/AT Dual Degree Program must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" or better with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale).
  • All program and university requirements must be met (120 credits total).

Master of Science

  • All graduate-level courses must be completed with a "C" or better in each course. This includes the graduate courses used to fulfill the undergraduate degree: ATS 700, ATS 702ATS 710, ATS 712ATS 731, ATS 741ATS 740, ATS 745. Credits in these courses count towards both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in all graduate courses is required for graduation from graduate school.


(College of Science and Health)

111-113 credits, excluding general education credits

General education courses
BIO 105General Biology4
CHM 103General Chemistry I5
HPR 105Creating A Healthy, Active Lifestyle3
PHY 103Fundamental Physics I4
PSY 100General Psychology3
STAT 145Elementary Statistics4
Total Credits23
ESS major requirements
ESS 100Physical Activities (6 credits, may include ESS 116)6
ESS 201Safety, First Aid and CPR1
ESS 207Human Motor Behavior3
ESS 281Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries2
ESS 302Physiology of Exercise3
ESS 303Biomechanics3
ESS 323Nutrition and Sport3
ESS 328Field Experience in Exercise Science3
ESS 368Strength Training Techniques and Programs3
ESS 446Current Research and Trends in Exercise Science3
BIO 312Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 313Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
PHY 104Fundamental Physics II4
Select one of the following:1-3
Medical Terminology for Health Education
Medical Language and Digital Competencies for Allied Health Professionals
Total Credits43-45
Courses taken after admission to ES/AT Dual Degree Program
ATS 700Professional Practice and Athletic Training Healthcare 14
ATS 702Functional Anatomy and Medical Physiology 13
ATS 704Applied Neuroscience in Athletic Training3
ATS 710Emergency Care Principles in Healthcare 14
ATS 712Diagnosis and Therapeutic Interventions I 15
ATS 714Diagnosis and Therapeutic Interventions II5
ATS 716Pathophysiology of General Medical Conditions3
ATS 718Healthcare Administration in Athletic Training3
ATS 720Lifespan Wellness and Conditions5
ATS 722Rehabilitation Psychology and Healthcare Sociology in Athletic Training2
ATS 731Athletic Training Clinical I 14
ATS 732Athletic Training Clinical II4
ATS 733Athletic Training Clinical III3
ATS 734Athletic Training Clinical IV6
ATS 740Research Methods in Athletic Training 12
ATS 741Athletic Training Research I 11
ATS 742Athletic Training Research II1
ATS 743Athletic Training Research III2
ATS 744Athletic Training Research IV2
ATS 745Statistics for Athletic Trainers 12
ATS 750Athletic Training Readings (two credits, repeated twice)4
Total Credits68

Credits in these courses count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Once these courses are completed, students are eligible to receive their bachelor's degree.

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.  


Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

This major is exempt from the CSH College Core requirement. 

Year 1
BIO 105 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4CHM 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)5 
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems)4 
HPR 105 (Gen Ed Health & Well-Being)3ESS 1001 
Gen Ed Math3-4CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3 
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3ESS 20111 
Meet with faculty advisor to discuss requirements for admission to the ESS-Exercise Science program. CHE 220 or RTH 35521-3 
 16 15  
Year 2
BIO 3124BIO 3134 
PHY 103 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4PHY 1044 
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3Gen Ed Arts2-3 
Gen Ed Arts2-3ESS 1001 
Gen Ed World History3ESS 2812 
ESS 1001ESS 3033 
Apply for admission to ESS-Exercise Science program--see WINGS advisement report and ESS-Exercise Science website for details.   
 17 16  
Year 3
Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3PSY 100 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3ATS 7004
Gen Ed Global Studies3ESS 1001ATS 7104
ESS 1001ESS 1001ATS 7402
ESS 2073ESS 3233ATS 7452
ESS 3023ESS 3683 
ESS 3283ESS 4463 
Apply for admission to ESS-Exercise Science & AT Dual Degree Program program--see WINGS advisement report and ESS-Exercise Science website for details. Apply for "full graduate status" for next term  
 16 14 12
Year 4
ATS 7023ATS 7043ATS 7163
ATS 7125ATS 7145ATS 7205
ATS 7314ATS 7324ATS 7222
ATS 7411ATS 7421 
 13 13 10
Additional year
ATS 7183ATS 7346 
ATS 7333ATS 7442 
ATS 7432ATS 7502 
ATS 7502  
 10 10  
Total Credits: 162
Students may earn credit by examination for ESS 201. Interested students should check with the ESS department and the CSH Dean's Office to make arrangements for taking the test.

The most efficient way to satisfy the CSH college core upper level course requirement is to choose the individualized program option. With that option, BIO 312BIO 313, and RTH 355 apply, along with 1 additional credit of 300/400-level coursework from any department. Students who select CHE 220 instead of RTH 355 need 4 additional credits of 300/400-level coursework. See CSH BS Core Requirements for information on completing the individualized option. 300/400 requirements for graduation may be impacted.