Exercise Science

Exercise Science

Exercise Science borrows from many parent disciplines in the natural and social sciences in order to understand the phenomenon of exercise and human movement activities, ranging from sport training to injury rehabilitation. Graduates typically work in corporate fitness, cardiac rehabilitations, YMCAs, community recreation programs, commercial health clubs, and other settings. Other graduates have entered graduate programs in physical therapy, nutrition, athletic training, occupational therapy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology. A major and minor are offered in this area.

Graduates of the majors offered in the Kinesiology and Health Science department will demonstrate:

  • a basic understanding of the physiological, anatomical, and mechanical foundations of movement;
  • the skills associated with planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate fitness programs;
  • the fundamental understanding of behavior as it applies to adherence to exercise/fitness;
  • the knowledge and skills associated with assessing emergency health conditions requiring first aid and/or CPR;
  • the knowledge and physical skills associated with health-related fitness activities; and
  • a basic understanding of research techniques and tools used in the field of kinesiology and health.

For the course descriptions for Exercise Science, please see Kinesiology and Health Studies.

Program Type

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Program Contact

Associate Professor Brian Jones

Program Options

Core Courses

(31 hours required)

Required Course Selections

(1 hour required; select one course)

Elective Courses

(6 hours required)

  • Select an additional six hours from any KHS course numbered 180 or above.

Allied Courses

(6 hours required)


Optional Personal Training Track

The Personal Training Track requires students to complete the same Core Courses, Required Course Selections, and Allied Courses as the regular Exercise Science major.  Instead of six hours of Elective Courses, students must complete the following:

Core Courses

(19 hours required)

Required Course Selections

(3 hours required; select one course)

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