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Exercise Science

Health and fitness constitute a major industry in the United States. As the newest major in our sport sciences area, exercise science is designed to prepare and train you for leadership positions within the fields of sports, recreation, physical fitness and allied health.

We offer both a major and minor in Exercise Science, with major concentrations in both allied healthpre-athletic training, and sport performance.


The allied health concentration is geared toward those seeking advanced degrees in such areas as physical therapy, physician assistant and chiropractic medicine. The pre-athletic training concentration will prepare students for the MSAT program. The sport performance track features a mastery of skills in exercise programming. Required internships offer additional hands-on experience in the field.

As a major in our academically rigorous exercise science program, you will have the flexibility to combine your curriculum with our popular coaching minor, or choose to pursue our new “3+2” Master of Science in Athletic Training through the pre-athletic training concentration. Your elective courses are geared toward areas of special interest, such as one instructed by the sports performance service, Ignition APG, that offers certification in speed training as part of the class.

Career Preparation

Earning a degree in exercise science can serve as your first step on the path to a successful career in sports science. Earning additional certifications, or continuing on to a graduate program (like our new Master of Science in Athletic Training), will be necessary for certain fields.

  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Dietician
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Nursing
  • Physician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Cardiovascular Therapist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Assistant