The Exercise Science major prepares students for a variety of careers in the areas of health, fitness, and wellness. Coursework focuses on human movement science, exercise physiology, and exercise assessment program design for a variety of populations. Students in this program may also complete an M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology with only one additional year of study. Students completing the Transfer Pathway A.S. allows completion of a Bachelor's degree in two years or an M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology in three years. Students completing their Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science are prepared to sit for the industry standard in certification exams through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
College of Health and Wellness Professions
What previous degree and/or experience is required prior to admission to this program?
High School / GED
Demonstrate foundational understanding of biology, chemistry, nutrition, health, and wellness.
Demonstrate advanced understanding of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to responses and adaptations to human movement and exercise.
Demonstrate knowledge of the importance and influence of physical activity and nutrition on health, performance, and disease prevention.
Interpret results from landmark and current research investigations in the area of exercise science.
Demonstrate factors influencing human performance, principles of exercise, and adaptations associated with cardiovascular and resistance exercise.
Conduct appropriate fitness evaluations for a variety of individuals based on age, sport, health status, and health risk.
Identify and implement behavior change tools surrounding exercise participation and adherence.
Demonstrate advanced laboratory skills pertaining to assessments, laboratory methods, experimental and analytical practices, data acquisition and reporting in the exercise sciences.
Develop and implement effective exercise programs based on evaluation results and individual goals.
Prepare for and successfully complete an experiential learning experience and certification in preparation for a career in exercise physiology or post-graduate education.