The undergraduate program in Exercise Science prepares students to pursue careers in the fitness industry as well as graduate education in exercise science, pre-professional or an allied health field. Graduates acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to enroll in the Health Fitness Instructor certification program sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine.
While working closely with our dedicated faculty and staff, students in the Exercise Science concentration are prepared to become professionals who make a difference in the lives of others through assessing, designing, and implementing physical activity and fitness programs and interventions. Coursework and fieldwork experiences give students training and hands-on experiences needed to evaluate health behaviors and risk factors, conduct fitness assessments, write exercise prescriptions, and successfully promote the adoption and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.
Our goal is to help you find success in future graduate studies and careers related to exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, physical therapy, chronic disease rehabilitation, fitness instruction, and more.
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Classes include basic science courses (Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Physics), exercise science courses (Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics), and applied courses (Theories and Practices of Weight Management, Exercise Testing and Prescription). This is not a comprehensive list of required courses. Many of the courses include a laboratory component
All students are required to complete two practical experiences, one practicum and one internship, during their program of study. These experiences can be from any area that is related to exercise science; allowing students the opportunity to determine their future area(s) of interest.
The Exercise Science faculty are very accomplished in production of peer-reviewed research and the program places a premium on including undergraduate students in the research projects. Level of involvement can range from a volunteer to performing an Honor’s Thesis under the direction of the faculty.