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Students who pursue a degree in exercise science focus on the study of human movement within a biomechanical and physiological context: including aspects of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, biology, nutrition and applied training principles.

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Program prepares students to promote wellness and regular participation in appropriate exercise and physical activity for a diverse population of individuals.  Students are prepared to work as exercise and fitness professionals in a variety of settings.  Program graduates provide leadership, programming, and personal training in community and commercial fitness centers, YMCA and YWCA centers, hospital wellness/fitness centers, hospital cardiac rehabilitation centers, community recreation programs, corporate fitness centers, and serve as strength and conditioning coaches for athletic teams or personal training entrepreneurs.

The Exercise Science Program curriculum is based on the standards of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and standards of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Career Paths

An exercise science degree prepares students for jobs in the following areas:

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Clinical exercise physiology, for example, cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Corporate fitness programs
  • Community recreation programs
  • Personal training
  • Hospital wellness programs
  • Human performance specialists for military, police, fire fighters

An exercise science degree serves as a pre-professional degree for several health care advanced degree programs:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Prosthetics

Program Contact Information

Dr. Cory Scheadler 
Exercise Science Program Director

(859) 572-6082