Study the Impact of Exercise on Health
If you enjoy studying the human body and using exercise to promote health and wellness, exercise science may be the ideal major for you. Our Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science provides a strong foundation that includes coursework in anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics. You will take a wide range of courses to prepare you to pursue a variety of opportunities in the health care, fitness, and wellness industries by learning to:
- Evaluate health behaviors and risk factors
- Conduct fitness assessments
- Develop and implement safe and effective exercise prescriptions
- Learn and use motivational strategies to guide people in behavioral change
Other major requirements offer insights into nutrition, business, and other facets of exercise science while allowing you to apply that knowledge in practical experiences working with clients, students, and others.
In addition, the School of Health Sciences core curriculum will provide you a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of how prevention, health policy, and person-centered care affect all health professionals.
Pursue One of the Fastest-Growing Majors in the U.S.
The significant growth in people pursuing degrees in exercise science is driven by the fact that employment in areas such as recreation centers, gyms, schools, and corporate wellness programs is expected to grow by more than 13 percent by 2026.
Our Exercise Science major will give you the knowledge and skills to work in the medical and health science fields in such areas as corporate wellness, rehabilitation, sports performance, fitness, and recreation.
You’ll also be prepared to continue on to graduate school in one of many health-care-related fields, including:
- Occupational therapy
- Athletic training
- Physician assistant
- Allopathic or osteopathic medicine
- Exercise physiology
- Chiropractic medicine
Students will take courses toward earning their national certifications in individualized and group fitness instruction as well as courses in exercise physiology, complete two 150-hour practical to obtain their hands-on training, and complete a capstone project in the exercise science field.
- Introduction to Exercise Science
- Human Anatomy
- Human Physiology
- Emergency Care of Athletic Injuries and Illnesses
- Exercise Science Practicum I
- Physiological Bases of Physical Activity
- Biomechanics of Physical Activity
- Exercise Science Practicum II
- Sport and Physical Activity in Society
- Exercise Science Capstone
Envision Your Future
The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.
Health and Wellness Directors
11% Growth 2021-2030
16% Growth 2021-2030
18% Growth 2021-2030
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