Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

Carol Weideman

Second Advisor

Timothy Michael

Third Advisor

Lindsay Toth


This research was aimed at developing a fitness assessment program that would provide undergraduate exercise science students at Western Michigan University (WMU) with hands on experience that would successfully prepare them for their internships and future careers as well as benefiting the campus community at large. Data for this research was obtained by examining the student recreation center websites and sending out an email/phone questionnaire to WMU’s 10 peer institutions. Direct comparisons were made and evaluated. On the basis of the results of this research, it can be concluded that WMU’s exercise science department and student recreation center together could start a pre-internship program via required practicum, project, or optional classes that would enhance the skills and better prepare the undergraduate exercise science students for their future careers interacting with the general population.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access