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Exercise Science

Be an Advocate for Active Lives

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 allied health, pre-athletic training and sport performance.

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

When you major in our academically rigorous Exercise Science program, you will have the flexibility to combine your curriculum with our popular Coaching minor.


Credits to earn a Major


Credits to earn a Minor


of students were employed six months post-graduation

(Fall 2021 Student Survey)



Exercise Science Major Common Core

The Exercise Science major’s common core provides a multidisciplinary foundation that you will be able to build on with your chosen concentration. This curriculum includes field experiences that are built into the program so that you can apply theories, concepts and terminology into practical field experiences in Exercise Science. This combination of theory and practice will prepare you for professional success in the fitness or allied health industry.

Degree Requirements

  • Location: On campus
  • Credits: 56
  • Time to Complete: Four years

Core Curriculum

  • BI131 Human Nutrition
  • BI203 Human Biology
  • HS344 Human Anatomy
  • SM130 First Aid And CPR
  • XS130 Introduction To Exercise Science
  • XS232 Exercise Science Seminar: Professional Organizations and Development
  • XS285 Field Experience In Exercise Science
  • XS332 Exercise Science Seminar: Ethics
  • XS340 Kinesiology
  • HS345 Human Physiology
  • XS355 Physiology Of Exercise
  • XS365 Exercise Testing And Prescription
  • XS432 Exercise Science Seminar: Professional Best Practices
  • XS485 Field Experience In Exercise Science
  • XS496 Senior Exercise Science Thesis

Exercise Science Minor

The Exercise Science program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in various health and fitness occupations or for graduate education in exercise science or other such pre-professional, health-related disciplines as athletic training, physical therapy, physician assistance or medicine.

Minor Requirements

  • Location: On campus
  • Credits: 24 hours
  • Time to Complete: Four years

Core Curriculum

  • BI203 Human Biology (4)
  • HS344 Human Anatomy (4)
  • XS130 Introduction to Exercise Science (2)
  • AT355 Physiology of Exercise (4)
  • XS365 Exercise Testing and Prescription (4)
  • +6 credits of your choice in related courses

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The Center for Sport Sciences (CSS) is home to Wilmington College’s sport sciences and has been a signature facility on campus since its opening in 2015. The CSS features a 40-by-40-yard, indoor turf field and related athletics amenities, which accommodates training for all of the College’s 21 varsity sports teams and gives students additional options for co-curricular and recreational activities.

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