Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
The exercise science major enables students to explore the many links between exercise, fitness, sport performance, and health. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for careers in Exercise Science look to be faster to much faster than average through the period of 2016-2026.
Graduates in exercise science will have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to create effective fitness programs in a variety of settings for a variety of populations, formulate strength and conditioning programs for athletes, and pursue further study in areas such as athletic training, physical therapy, clinical exercise physiology, chiropractic medicine, and strength and conditioning.
Exercise science majors gain a considerable amount of hands-on experience through classroom activities, community-based learning, on-campus practica, and off-campus internships. The Human Performance Lab in the Alfond Center provides students with many opportunities for hands-on experience in all aspects of exercise testing. We also utilize the fitness center to gain experience in individual and group fitness training and work with sports teams on campus to apply strength and conditioning knowledge and skills.
At a Glance
- Faculty with real-world experience in the fitness and sports performance fields
- Human Performance Lab provides scientific and practical exploration of exercise theory
- Outstanding and flexible internship experiences and observation sites
- Eligible to participate in the Exercise Science Club, a group that promotes fitness and health with the on-campus and off campus communities
- Preparation for the gold standard industry certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association
There are three tracks available for exercise science majors.
- Pre-physical therapy track – prepares students for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduate programs, as well as other advanced degree programs, such as athletic training, chiropractic, exercise physiology, and cardiac rehabilitation.
- Sports performance track – recommended for students interested in strength and conditioning careers, as well as students considering graduate school in strength and conditioning and other related specializations.
- Fitness specialist track – prepares students for successful employment in fitness right out of college in fields such as personal training and group fitness in commercial, corporate, community, and clinical settings.
Exercise Science Minor
A minor is exercise science is available and requires students to take 20 credits of course work.