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Exercise Science

The study of physiological and functional adaptations to movement. The major is broad based and includes general study in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and fitness programming. The major in exercise science will prepare students for employment in fitness centers, research laboratories, or as exercise technicians in cardiac rehabilitation centers. The curriculum provides an excellent foundation for those interested in pursuing graduate degrees in movement based fields, as well as for those wishing to pursue a professional degree in medicine or in the rehabilitation sciences such as Physical or Occupational Therapy.

General Information
Waters College of Health Professions
GPA Requirement 2.0
Department Website Department of Health & Kinesiology
Degree(s) Offered

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in Exercise Science

Master of Science in Kinesiology in Exercise Science

Possible Employment Settings
  • Hospitals
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Fitness Facilities
  • YMCA/Community Center
  • Corporate Fitness
  • Private/Commercial Fitness


  • Professional sports teams
  • Resorts
  • Clinics
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Physical Therapy Clinics
  • Industrial Fitness
Occupational Opportunities
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation*
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Fitness Associate
  • Health Club Manager
  • Health Coordinator

*Requires additional schooling, training and/or certification.

  • Personal Trainer
  • Hospital Wellness
  • Research Assistant
  • Physical Therapist*
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Wellness Director
Professional and Student Organizations
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Last updated: 8/2/2019