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BS in Exercise Science

Exercise Science is a multi-disciplinary program that applies scientific knowledge from anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, psychology, motor control, and biomechanics to understand how the human body functions during physical activity, and how the body adapts to exercise training. The Exercise Science program prepares students to acquire skills in fitness evaluation, exercise program design, and instructing functional movement patterns. Students who want to enter the undergraduate Exercise Science degree must choose one of two concentrations, Sports Conditioning or Clinical and Pre-Professional Studies.

Sports Conditioning Concentration

The objective of the Sports Conditioning concentration within the Exercise Science major is to train undergraduate students to work in the area of sports conditioning and fitness training. The Sports Conditioning concentration focuses on developing knowledge and skills that are required for various sub-disciplines within the fitness field.

Common Careers

  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Personal Trainers
  • Fitness/Health Facility Managers
  • Work-Site Wellness Coordinators
  • Group Fitness Instructors

Common Graduate Studies

  • Exercise Science
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor Learning
  • Nutrition

Clinical and Pre-Professional Concentration

The objective of the Clinical and Pre-Professionals Studies concentration within the Exercise Science major is to better prepare students for entry into clinical fields and/or graduate education. The Clinical & Pre-Professional Studies concentration focuses on developing knowledge and skills that are required for allied health professionals and professional degree graduate education.

Common Careers 

  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Fitness/Health Facility Managers
  • Group Fitness Instructors

Common Graduate Studies

  • Allied Health Programs (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, Nursing, Chiropractic, Medical School)
  • Exercise Science
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor Learning
  • Athletic Training
  • Nutrition

Transfer students should contact the Department Administrator.

More Information

General Information

COURSE PERMITS please complete the Overload or Override HPEM/EXSC/PEMJ/PEGN XXX form.

CHANGE OF MAJOR or add a MINOR please complete the Change of a Major/Minor form.

Clinical and Pre-Professional Studies concentration
GPA Requirement: 2.75
Deadlines
Spring Semester OCTOBER 1ST
Fall Semester MARCH 1ST


Sport Conditioning concentration (SPCD)
Requirement: 2.00 GPA
Deadlines
Spring Semester OCTOBER 1ST
Fall Semester MARCH 1ST


Physical Education – concentration in Physical Activity in Educational Settings
GPA Requirement: 2.75 GPA (Sophomore) 3.00 GPA (Junior)
No Deadlines