The Exercise Science degree is designed to provide students with knowledge and training that qualifies them for additional education through graduate studies and prepares them for careers related to the fitness, wellness, and sport industries. Graduates with a B.S. in Exercise Science are competitive applicants for entrance into graduate school in exercise sciences or related field, physical and occupational therapy, chiropractic, physician assistant, medical, dental, or optometry, nursing, and alternative medicines. Also, graduates with a B.S. degree in Exercise Science work in community fitness (personal training, club management, sales, program coordinator, or director), corporate fitness/wellness (exercise specialist, program coordinator or director, education specialist), and numerous clinical and laboratory settings. Those wishing to teach and coach in the public schools should enroll in the Physical Education - Teaching/Coaching (B.S.) program to ensure proper progress toward obtaining teaching licensure.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Understand the importance and influence of physical activity and exercise on health and become an advocate for physically active lifestyles as a means to improve quality of life and reduce the risk and prevalence of lifestyle related diseases.
- Demonstrate requisite skills and abilities for a career or continued education in various fields related to the exercise sciences.
- Demonstrate a sound foundational knowledge and understanding of the applied and basic sciences as they relate to responses and adaptations to physical activity and exercise among the apparently healthy, diseased, and athletic population.
- Perform basic laboratory skills pertaining to assessments, laboratory methods, sound experimental and analytical practices, data acquisition and reporting in the exercise sciences.
- All courses must be passed with a “C-” (1.7) or better to be counted in the major.